Engineers of Tomorrow program gives West Virginia high school students the chance to engage in hands-on activities like building robots and wind generators. It may also help them change the world.

Ive always wanted to change the world,said Tessa Wiegand, a junior at University High School in Morgantown who attended the camp this summer.I really feel that engineering is a way I can do that, by designing and imagining things to better the lives of people.

The 2009 Engineers of Tomorrow summer camp started June 14 and will wrap up Friday (July 17) at the WVU College of Engineering and Mineral Resources , located on the Evansdale Campus. The program, which was split up into three weeklong sessions, is funded by the National Science Foundation.

The Engineers of Tomorrow program is designed to attract and retain outstanding Appalachian students to science-oriented careers,said Gary Winn, a professor in the Department of Industrial and Management Systems Engineering at WVU and director of the camp.The high school students are teamed with student mentors who guide and encourage them throughout the camp by providing insight into college life and science and engineering careers.

The program covers a variety of engineering disciplines, including civil, environmental, industrial, chemical, mineral and more.

During each session, high school students from all over the state live in the WVU residence halls. The students are asked to complete a variety of engineering-related projects, take courses in preparation for college math and are taken on campus tours designed to introduce them to college life.


The college student mentors have been extremely helpful in showing me the ropes,said Nathan Tehrani, a University High School senior.They have broadened my interests within engineering and helped me to decide what courses to take in college.