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After School Engineering, Purdue U., Fall 2010 – Spring 2011


Dates: See below. October 2010-March 2011. Registration Deadlines: Sept. 17 – Climate Change; Nov. 17 – Food Session; Jan. 14 – Energy Session. Level: 6-8 grades. Cost: Free, but deposit of $20 required.

Innovation2Reality (I2R)

I2R is a FREE after-school engineering program offered through the Women in Engineering Program at Purdue University for 6th-8th grade students.  I2R provides a unique opportunity to explore themed areas of engineering through a combination of faculty guest speakers, lab tours, and hands-on engineering activities.  Each theme will meet once a week for five weeks from 4-6pm.

2010-11 Themes:

The Dynamic World:  Engineering and Our Changing Climate (Oct. 17-Nov. 10, 2010)
Climate change provides a unique opportunity for engineers and scientists to work together in addressing worldwide issues.  This session provides an opportunity to explore engineering applications for our changing climate through hands-on activities and interaction with experts.

Edible Engineering:  The Life Cycle of Food (Jan. 13 – Feb. 10, 2011)
Explore the journey of food from before it’s grown to after it’s eaten.  Students will have the opportunity to learn more about how engineers are involved in all aspects of the food cycle in a fun, interactive way.

The Energy Game:  We’ve Got the Power! (February 8 – March 8 )
We use energy to make our lives more comfortable & more fun, but providing enough energy for all is a challenging task.  We will explore the many ways engineers and scientists use natural resources to meet the ever-increasing energy demand & discover how technological advances and individual efforts can increase how efficiently we use the limited resources of our planet.

Eligibility: All 6th-8th grade students who are interested in exploring engineering are encouraged to sign up.

Theme Dates & Application Deadlines:

Theme Day/Time Dates Application Deadline
Climate Change Wednesdays 4-6pm October 13 – November 10 September 17, 2010
Food Thursdays 4-6pm January 13 – February 10 November 19, 2010
Energy Tuesdays 4-6pm February 8 – March 8 January 14, 2011

Registration Information:

Space is limited to the first 25 applicants for each theme who have completed an online application AND have mailed in their $20 refundable deposit*, Parents Authorization Form, and Guidelines Agreement Form.  Apply early to reserve your engineering experience!

How to apply?

♦ Open, read, and complete required forms within the Parent Application Packet:  I2R General Information document, Parent Authorization Form and the Guidelines Agreement Form

♦ Fill out the I2R online application

♦ Mail your $20 refundable deposit* check payable to Purdue University (refundable upon completion of the program) along with all of the above forms (copy of the online application, completed Parent Authorization Form & signed Guidelines Agreement) to:

Purdue Women in Engineering Program
Attn:  Velvet Fitzpatrick
ARMS 1245
701 W. Stadium Avenue
West Lafayette, IN  47907-2045
Read the General Information document

*if the applicant qualifies for free or reduced meals at school and would like to request a deposit waiver, pleast contact Dr. Jennifer Groh (

Additional Information: Campus Map (if needed)   I2R brochure to share with a friend

Questions?  Contact us!

Velvet Fitzpatrick, I2R Coordinator, Graduate Administrative Assistant, Women in Engineering Program;; 765-494-2582

Dr. Jennifer Groh, Associate Director, Women in Engineering Program;; 765-494-0758

Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN 47907, (765) 494-4600

Please check the Website for more, and updated, information

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