Outreach Programs > Introduction to Engineering (ITE)

ite03The primary goal of the Center for the Diversity in Engineering’s Introduction to Engineering (ITE) program, established in 1987 as MITE, is to introduce rising high school juniors and seniors to the theory and practice of engineering through lectures, labs, and exercises in engineering design, applied mathematics, and basic science.While topics vary each year, this year, students explored the chemical and physical properties and applications of polymers through a variety of hands-on activities. The week cuminated in students’ synthesizing polymers such as nylon and bouncing balls. The Department of Chemistry provides both hands-on in lab activities and discussion of relevant chemical concepts. Instruction was led by Tyler St. Clair, a Curry School of Education PG/MT Science Education student, with support from Jennifer Maeng, a Curry School of Education Science Education doctoral student, and Jan Dean-Clemmer (Department of Chemistry).