The classrooms and laboratories of West Virginia Universitys engineering campus will fill with high school students building robots, exploring nanotechnology and constructing models of hurricane-proof housing in a summer program that aims to interest them for engineering and technology careers.

The WVU College of Engineering and Mineral Resources is accepting registrations for the 2008 Engineers of Tomorrow Summer Experience Program, which will occur in four weeklong sessions beginning June 15, June 22, July 6 and July 13.

The National Science Foundation-funded program is free of charge to any student who will enter grades 10-12 next year.

This program exposes students to science, technology, engineering and math in a hands-on, project-based experience that also prepares them for college life,said Gary Winn, an industrial engineering professor who coordinates the program.We are encouraging female and minority students, but the camp is open to all.

Participants in the program will learn introductory engineering design concepts and techniques, explore engineering career options and work in teams to produce an actual engineering design. Other activities include campus and laboratory tours, trips to the WVU Student Recreation Center and more.

Engineering is an excellent career choice for those who want to make a difference in society,Winn said.In a fun environment, this program gives students an understanding of what engineers do and the many paths that are open to them. The demand for technically trained young people has never been higher.

Lodging and meals are provided in WVU residence halls under the supervision of college-age and older adult chaperones.

To learn more and to register, students and parents may visit and click onSummer 2008 Registration,or contact Winn at 304-293-2742 ext. 3744 or . Registration will be accepted until classes are full. Students and parents are encouraged to register as soon as possible.