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SUBJECT: Young minds present big projects at Memorial
DATE: July 20, 2007

A special event next week on Memorial's St. John's campus will showcase ingenious projects of some of this country's brightest young minds.
Since early July, 48 students from Grades 10-12, have been engulfed in an intense summer enrichment program that focuses on the sciences, technology and entrepreneurship known as Shad Valley.
The aim of the program is to provide an academically stimulating opportunity for top well-rounded students. Students have been residing in residences at Memorial, one of 12 such host university campuses in the country.
During that time they've taken in top-notch lecturers and seminars covering the gamut of disciplines including math, science, engineering, technology and entrepreneurship. They've also been involved in hands-on workshops in the Faculties of Medicine, Science, and Engineering, the School of Human Kinetics and Recreation, as well as the Botanical Garden. They've also taken field trips to the Johnson Geo Centre in the capital city, Bell Island, as well as Fogo Island.
Shad Valley has been in place at Memorial since 2003, immersing students in the best that both the university Newfoundland and Labrador have to offer.
Students at Shad Memorial also compete in Engineering-Entrepreneurship projects, in which students must create a product or service and a supporting business plan. The best project from each campus moves on to the national competition for the RBC/Shad Entrepreneurship Cup. In 2006, the Shad Memorial team received the Best Overall distinction, taking home the cup. Organizers are hoping to enter an equally competitive team once again this year.
As part of Shad Memorial, Engineering and Entrepreneurship projects will be showcased during a special open house on Thursday, July 26.
Members of the general public, as well as the media, are invited to attend. Former Shads, as well as their families, are particularly welcome.
The event will be held in the Junior Common Room of R. Gushue Hall from 1-4 p.m.                                                                                                  

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