Carnegie Mellon University
April 13, 2012

Media Advisory: Carnegie Mellon To Host Annual Engineering Outreach Program for Pittsburgh Fourth Graders

Contact: Chriss Swaney / 412-268-5776 /

Event: Carnegie Mellon University's Institute for Complex Engineered Systems (ICES) will host the 18th annual "Moving 4th Into Engineering," designed to entice young students to study math and science through fun, learning projects.
"We provide an engaging, hands-on introduction to basic concepts in a variety of engineering fields, including the use of polymers from chemical engineering," said Alicia Brown Angemeer, ICES outreach coordinator. A diverse group of ICES faculty and student volunteers lead the program and work throughout the day. 

Fourth graders from five area Pittsburgh schools, including Colfax, Liberty, Linden, Minadeo and Grandview, will learn about polymers they use in their daily lives, build accelerometers, and build and launch model rockets during the day-long science program. 

"These hands-on projects go a long way to helping instill excitement and enthusiasm for the sciences," said Nat Williams, a science teacher from Linden.

Program organizers also report that the impetus for the program comes from a desire to help keep America competitive in the race to prevent brain drain in today's competitive global workplace.

When: 2:30 p.m., Saturday, April 14

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