Local high school juniors and seniors will explore the fields of engineering and computer science on Saturday, March 27 at the 5th annual “Engineering/Computer Science Experience” event

March 8, 2010

DEARBORN / March 8, 2010---Local high school juniors and seniors will get to explore opportunities in the fields of engineering and computer science on Saturday, March 27 at the University of Michigan-Dearborn’s College of Engineering and Computer Science during its 5th annual “Engineering/Computer Science Experience” event.

The event will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. inside the campus’s Institute for Advanced Vehicle Systems building.

The highlight of the day will be a competition for scholarships and cash prizes in an engineering, computer programming or Web design competition. The top prize in each category is a $2,000 partial tuition scholarship to UM-Dearborn’s College of Engineering and Computer Science or $500 cash.  In addition, participants will meet current UM-Dearborn engineering students and alumni, view projects such as award-winning cars and robots, and learn about the university’s engineering programs.

"This event gives high schools students a hands-on project, an opportunity to see our facilities and to learn about UM-Dearborn -- all of which are important elements in the college search process,” said Christopher Tremblay, executive director of enrollment management and interim director of financial aid.  “We are looking forward to introducing them to the quality of our academics and campus setting."

The event and competition are open to high school juniors and seniors in southeast Michigan. Two-person teams are invited to compete. Teachers or counselor sponsors are required to register student participants. There is no registration fee, and a box lunch will be provided to all students. Teachers and parents are encouraged to attend the competition with the student teams.

Deadline to register is Monday, March 15. Registration can be completed and submitted online at www.engin.umd.umich.edu/contest.

For more information, contact Rey Perez, director of academic services in UM-Dearborn’s College of Engineering and Computer Science, at 313-593-5510 or rperez@umich.edu.

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About University of Michigan-Dearborn
The University of Michigan-Dearborn is celebrating its 50th anniversary throughout the 2009/2010 academic year. Founded in 1959 with a gift of just over 200 acres of land and $6.5 million from the Ford Motor Company, UM-Dearborn has been distinguished by its commitment to providing excellent educational opportunities responsive to the needs of southeastern Michigan. The university has 8,700 students pursuing undergraduate, master’s, doctoral and professional degrees in the liberal arts and sciences, engineering, business, education, and public administration. With a faculty devoted to teaching, and students committed to achievement, UM-Dearborn has been shaped by its history of interaction with business, government and industry in southeastern Michigan, and is committed to responding to the needs of the region in the future.
 

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