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Media Features Future Engineers, Mathematicians, and Computer Scientists

WCAX-TV3 and WPTZ-TV5 video features high school students enrolled in the UVM College of Engineering and Mathematical Sciences (CEMS) Governor’s Institutes of Vermont (GIV) programs experiencing the excitement of hands-on engineering projects.  Each year, UVM CEMS sponsors two GIV Institutes:  The GIV Mathematical Institute and the UVM/GIV Engineering Institute.

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2012 Governor's Institute in Mathematical Sciences

A total of 32 top Vermont mathematics students from grades 9-12 participated in exploring topics such as chaos, fractals, robotics, mathematical games and mathematical problem solving during the 2012 Governor's Institute in Mathematical Sciences. The Institute, directed by Jeffrey Dinitz, Professor of Mathematics at the University of Vermont, and Sheila Weaver, Senior Lecturer in Statistics at the University of Vermont, is a wonderful opportunity for students to learn about math and its applications, experience hands-on and minds-on academic activities, and interact with renowned mathematicians.

"I observed the best of the inquisitive nature of budding scientists," said Dinitz. "Although the week was a constant whirlwind of activity, learning and energy, it was also extremely satisfying."

Student participants are selected on the basis of excellence demonstrated on the Vermont High School Prize Examination in Mathematics, the Mathematics Talent Search conducted by the Vermont State Mathematics Coalition, or the Vermont High School Mathematics League competitions; by teacher recommendation; and by application to the Governor's Institutes of Vermont.

2012 UVM/GIV Engineering Institute

The UVM/GIV Engineering Institute provided approximately 100 students with the opportunity to design and create prototype devices in five different engineering project categories. Hands-on engineering projects related to sustainable engineering practices included: Renewable/Sustainable Energy, to examine the power and impact of wind and biomass; Robotics, to apply artificial intelligence to perform specific tasks; Aerospace Engineering, to create prototype aeronautical devices and atmospheric probes; Civil Engineering, to design infrastructure for the world; Electrical Engineering,  to explore how to convert electricity into other practical uses such as sound, light, and motion; Engineering Design, to create a Fill level indicator and control (FLIC) for the blind; and Earth Systems Engineering, to examine the impact engineering has on our environment.

Students exhibited project prototypes and gave presentations to a panel of judges at the University Mall on Saturday, July 28, 2012 at the University Mall on Dorset Street, South Burlington, VT. Awards were given to students for projects as well as written Technocratic Oaths that reflected their life purpose, and for poetry that reflected their experience in the UVM/GIV Engineering Institute.

During this Institute eight students were selected to represent the United States at the 6th International Earth Science Olympiad (IESO) October 8-18, 2012 in Buenos Aires, Argentina. The focus of the IESO is on sustainability issues such as climate change. For more information on the IESO visit:

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The 2013 UVM/GIV Engineering Institute will be held June 22-29, 2013. For more information visit:

 The Governor's Institute of Vermont also offers Institutes on: Asian Cultures, Arts, Current Issues & Youth Activism, Information Technology, and Science & Technology.


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