ArcticENGINEER high school enrichment program accepting applications until May 30

May 22nd, 2014

May 22, 2014

ArcticENGINEER high school enrichment program accepting applications until May 30

The ArcticENGINEER summer enrichment program hosted by Memorial University’s Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science (FEAS) and funded through the Research & Development Corporation (RDC) is now accepting applications from high school students for the summer of 2014.

The program provides exposure to the field of Arctic engineering to students who excel in science, technology, engineering and math and have completed grade 10, 11 or 12 by June of 2014. The application deadline is May 30.

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,” said Glenn Janes, chief executive officer, Research & Development Corporation. 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.”

“The Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science is delighted to partner with RDC on the ArcticENGINEER high school enrichment program,” said Andy Fisher, associate dean, undergraduate studies, Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science. “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.”

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 attended the program last year and highly recommends it to students who are interested this year.

“I had an amazing time attending the ArcticENGINEER summer program,” said Cayley Thoms, a participant of the 2013 program. “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 counsellors 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-August 1. Students will stay in Memorial University residences for the week of their sessions, and will check into residence the Sunday evening before their session is scheduled to begin (July 20 and 27, respectively). Program registration cost is $200, which includes accommodations and meals. The Research & Development Corporation 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.

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Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science

230 Elizabeth Ave, St. John's, NL, CANADA, A1B 3X9

Postal Address: P.O. Box 4200, St. John's, NL, CANADA, A1C 5S7

Tel: (709) 864-8000