West Virginia University is hosting a camp this summer to help high school students interested in making a difference in society learn more about high-tech careers.

WVU s Engineers of Tomorrow Summer Experience Program, organized by the College of Engineering and Mineral Resources, wants to expose students from Appalachia to career opportunities in science, technology, engineering and math.

Four week-long sessions, each beginning on Sunday afternoon, will be held the weeks of June 17, June 24, July 8 and July 15.

Free of charge to participants, the program hopes to empower area high school students, particularly females and minorities, but is open to all. Enrollment is limited to 25 students per session.

Engineering is an excellent career choice for young people who want to have a real impact on the problems of our society,said Gary Winn, WVU professor of industrial and management systems engineering, who leads the program.

Our profession is all about solving very real problems of real people,Winn added.We want to give kids with high ideals and skills a place to explore engineering problems and high-tech careers.

Students participating in the summer program will learn introductory engineering design concepts and techniques, AutoCAD and Visual Basic software, ACT /SAT preparation, time management and study skills, among other topics.

Hands-on projects will be an important part of the summer camp experience. Students will work in teams to produce an actual engineering design, going through an engineersdesign cycleto solve a real-world problem, establish budgets, test a prototype solution and arrive at a conclusion.

Other activities will include campus tours, laboratory tours, Personal Rapid Transit (PRT) rides, WVU residence hall visits, trips to the WVU Student Recreation Center and more. Students will get to experience college life by staying in the WVU residence halls under the supervision of adult chaperones.

All costs, including lodging, meals and bed linens, are provided at no charge to the students or their families. Officials would like to see more females join the program.

There is definitely a lack of female engineers, and we want to try to increase recruitment by getting more girls excited about careers in engineering and science fields,Winn said.

Engineers of Tomorrow is funded through a grant from the National Science Foundation and the Claude Worthington Benedum Foundation.

To learn more and register, students and parents may visit http://www.cemr.wvu.edu/~eot “> http://www.cemr.wvu.edu/~eot and click onSummer 2007 Registration.Those interested may also contact Winn at 304-293-2742, ext. 3744 or gary.winn@mail.wvu.edu .