University of Vermont

HS Students Engage in Engineering at UVM

GIV KidsMedia featured some of the 113 amazing high school students hands-on engineering projects during the UVM/GIV Engineering Institute held June 22-29, 2013.  A total of 34 female students (up from 30 in 2012, and 24 in 2011) joined 79 males in creating prototype engineering solutions to the challenges that face our planet. Projects included innovative designs for renewable and sustainable engineering, including a bicycle powered food processor, windmills for 3rd world applications, and self-programmed robots.

One of the most incredible prototypes created involved the use of rejected photovoltaic solar cells. Students involved in this project experienced a catastrophic failure -- their project video features what they learned (other student project video links below):

WCAX-TV THE 30 featured two female students: Sophie McKeever Parkes (Salisbury VT) with her team’s wind turbine project; and Elizabeth “Lizzie” Michael (Burlington,VT) with her team’s robotics project. To view video visit:

WCAX-TV3 featured April Foley (Bennington, VT) as well as many other engineering high school students with engineering projects on Friday, June 29. To view footage, visit:

FOX 44NOW covered the University Mall Engineering Project Exhibit on Saturday, June 29 with a story entitled, “UVM Science and Engineering Camp Inspires High Schoolers.” To access visit:

Students enjoyed 8 days/7 nights of jam packed activities and presentations on sustainable engineering practices, and met engineers, computer scientists and mathematicians.

To view UVM/GIV Engineering Institute pictures from daily activities, visit:

Wind Turbine Video:

GIV Earth Science Hydro-Fracking Project:

UVM/GIV Institute information can be found at:

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Governor’s Institutes of Vermont (GIV) for Vermont Students

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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