The University of Missouri--Rolla's Jackling Intro to Engineering Summer Camp


The Missouri University of Science and Technology is Missouri's technological university where over 80 percent of the undergraduate student population majors engineering. Total on-campus enrollment at S&T has been increasing in recent years, and now tops 5,500 students. Part of the successful recruiting effort is S&T's comprehensive collection of summer precollege programs. The largest and oldest precollege program is called Jackling Introduction to Engineering. This highly successful program which is more than 30 years old hosts over four hundred high school students annually over three summer camp sessions. This week-long camp, geared to high school rising juniors and seniors, helps students discover the excitement of engineering and to identify the kind of engineering that is best for them. They learn about the engineering profession and solve some simple engineering problems. They learn about the different engineering majors offered at S&T, they tour some of the engineering and science programs, and they participate in afternoon hands-on activities in the programs that they select. They live in residence halls for five nights, walk daily on campus, attend classes and work in labs. They have ample contact with faculty, graduate students, and undergraduates. Geological engineering and environmental engineering faculty have offered field trips of environmental interest, and these activities are representative of activities which other academic programs offer.

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World Environmental and Water Resources Congress (2008: May 12-16, Honolulu, HI)


Geosciences and Geological and Petroleum Engineering

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Engineering; education; Missouri Universities; Academic program; Engineering problems; Engineering profession; Field trips; Graduate students; Hands-on activities; High school; High school students; Introduction to engineering; Pre-college; Residence hall; Science and Technology; Science programs; Summer camp; Undergraduate students; Universities; University of missouri-rolla

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Publication Date

01 May 2008