ArcticENGINEER program accepting applications

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The ArcticENGINEER summer enrichment program is accepting applications from high school students until May 30.

The program is hosted by Memorial University’s faculty of engineering and applied science (FEAS) and funded through the Research and Development Corp. (RDC). It provides exposure to the field of Arctic engineering to students who excel in science, technology, engineering and math, Applicants must have completed grades 10, 11 or 12 by June of this year.

ArcticENGINEER focuses on hands-on learning and offers different activities each day, such as:  

• Tours to Arctic engineering facilities such as the Marine Institute, National Research Council Canada (NRC), C-CORE and Memorial’s FEAS to see specialized equipment including simulators, Remotely Operated Underwater Vehicles (ROV’s), the NRC ice tank and cold room, and more;

• A variety of engineering-related team activities such as building a model of an oil platform and testing survival suits in the Holyrood harbour;

• Interacting with university researchers and industry experts currently working in the field;

• Learning about current research projects in Arctic engineering.

“Introducing students to Arctic engineering early in their academic studies gives them the opportunity to gain a greater understanding for the growing sector of Arctic-related research and development in our province,” Glenn Janes, chief executive officer with RDC, said in a news release. “The feedback that students provided for ArcticENGINEER in 2013 was extremely positive and I hope that the program will inspire students to build their studies and careers around this sector in Newfoundland and Labrador.”

Andy Fisher, associate dean, undergraduate studies, with MUN’s faculty of engineering and applied science, said the faculty is delighted to partner with RDC on the ArcticENGINEER high school enrichment program. “Partnerships like this are very important to the faculty’s recruitment efforts. The ArcticENGINEER enrichment program will introduce potential students to the thriving field of Arctic engineering when they are thinking about their post-secondary options,” Fisher said.

Last year, 24 high school students from across the province attended the program. Based on outstanding response from last year’s participants, the program has been expanded to allow for up to 32 students to participate this year.

Grade 11 student Cayley Thoms participated last year and highly recommends the program to other students.

“I had an amazing time attending the ArcticENGINEER summer program,” said Thoms. “The program helped me learn much more about occupations in the field of engineering, especially in Arctic engineering, and it opened my eyes to how great engineering is. All of the tasks were fun and very educational and I loved all of the evening activities as well! Every person who was at the camp was great and the counselors and staff made it a great experience for me!”

Students are selected on the basis of high academic status and achievement, school referral and written personal essay. Programs will be held from July 21-25 and from July 28- Aug. 1.

Program registration cost is $200 which includes accommodations and meals. The RDC is investing $97,900 into the program for the summer of 2014 through its ArcticTECH program and has committed to invest an additional $97,900 for the summer of 2015.  

For more information, applications and referral forms, visit http://www.engr.mun.ca/community/CampArcticEngineering.php

Organizations: RDC, National Research Council Canada, Development Marine Institute

Geographic location: Arctic, Holyrood, Newfoundland and Labrador

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