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April 3: Media Advisory: Carnegie Mellon's Institute for Complex Engineered Systems Hosts Event To Launch Area Fourth-Graders Into Engineering Careers

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Media Advisory: Carnegie Mellon's Institute for Complex Engineered Systems
Hosts Event To Launch Area Fourth-Graders Into Engineering Careers

Event: Carnegie Mellon University's Institute for Complex Engineered Systems (ICES) will host 34 Pittsburgh area fourth-graders in an interactive program designed to entice more youth into engineering and science careers. The 15th annual Moving 4th Into Engineering Program features hands-on activities, including a model rocket-building competition, to help boost interest in math and science. The United States is producing a far smaller number of engineers per capita after 20 years of economic growth, according to The American Society for Engineering Education. Fewer than 5 percent of all bachelor's degrees awarded in 2006 were in engineering.

"A diverse group of ICES faculty, staff and engineering student volunteers work with the program throughout the day," said Alicia Brown, ICES external relations and outreach coordinator.

In addition to ICES, the program is made possible by the collaborative efforts of the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, the Chemical Engineering Department, the Leonard Gelfand Center for Service Learning and Outreach, and the Pennsylvania Infrastructure Technology Alliance. A cake shaped like a space rocket will be the ultimate prize for rocket competition winners.  
       
When: 2 to 3 p.m., Saturday, April 4.

Where:
Porter Hall, Room 107, off Frew Street and Schenley Park, Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, Pa. 15213

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