The two were among the 21 high school scholars interested in pursuing engineering majors in college who are participating in the two-week residential camp EIT has offered for the last three years. Campers live in on-campus housing and participate in engineering activities, learn about the profession and interact with engineering professors.
"I have learned a lot," said Taylor McKee, who attends Mills High School. "They have developed some nanotechnology tubes that can kill cancer. We are learning so much."
The students and their robots took over the second floor of UALR's new EIT building Tuesday to race their team-built vehicles against each other.
The objective of ESP is to increase the number of students entering engineering programs in Arkansas through hands-on engineering projects, visits to engineering companies, and interaction with industry professionals.
The program also provides career and scholastic counseling to assist students in preparing for college. The exposure to engineering, counseling and advising sessions will help high school students make informed choices on appropriate course work during their high school years for pursuing future careers in engineering.
The two-week residential program also gives students an opportunity to experience some aspects of college life while they are in high school. The program is free and includes introductory classes in systems, mechanical, electrical and telecommunications engineering.
Other student participating in the program are Jeremy Reynolds of Calico Rock; Cody Dykes of Leola; Colton Haney of Alexander; Mallory Hooper of Rosie; Catie Junkins of Bryant; Ana Martinez of Cabo Rojo, Puerto Rico; Taylor McKie of Jacksonville; Kerri Reed of Wynne; Andrew Rogers of Alma; Autumn Rouse of Benton; Haley Wilson and Thea Winston, both of Forrest City; Brady Jackson and Gregory Thompson, of Pine Bluff; and Anton Alexeev, David Chen, Shashan Hu, A. Kalli Lum, Josilyn Mitchell, and Colin Zohoori, all of Little Rock.