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Summer program showcases engineering to young students

LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Thirty area high school students will get a crash course in engineering this summer through a three-week workshop at the University of Louisville.

The Brown-Forman INSPIRE summer enrichment program will run June 12-29 at UofL's J.B. Speed School of Engineering. INSPIRE (Increasing Student Preparedness and Interest in the Requisites for Engineering) is intended to open up engineering's many career options, especially to female and minority students who traditionally are underrepresented in that profession.

The group will learn how to prepare for college, explore careers and check out specialties that include ergonomics, bioengineering and mechanical, chemical, industrial, electrical, and civil and environmental engineering. The students also will visit UofL laboratories and do hands-on activities such as concrete mixing and building bridgelike structures with Kentucky Department of Transportation representatives.

INSPIRE students also will tour GE Appliance Park and Brown-Forman Corp.

The program is free to the students, whose teachers and guidance counselors recommend them based on above-average science and mathematics skills. This year's program has been filled.

INSPIRE sessions generally run from 9:30 a.m. to noon weekdays in Ernst Hall and other engineering-related buildings on Belknap Campus.

For more information, email Brenda Hart or contact her by phone at 502-852-0440.

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