Tina Moore, 262-3347

COLORADO SPRINGS, COLO — The University of Colorado at Colorado Springs will host an Engineering Challenge for middle school students from 1- 4 p.m., Feb. 21, in the Engineering and Applied Science Building. More than 400 middle school students signed up from schools such as Carmel, Challenger, Eagleview, Falcon, Freed (Pueblo), Heaton (Pueblo), Horizon, Lewis Palmer, Mountain Ridge, Risley (Pueblo), Roncalli (Pueblo), Skyview, Vineland (Pueblo), and Woodland Park.

An awards ceremony will follow in the science auditorium.

The events, held in connection with National Engineers Week (Feb. 16-22, 2003), are designed to bolster student interest in math and science.

The 2003 Engineering Challenge will feature students competing in five different areas. The contests focus on math, computer science, structural design, physics and model rockets. Area schools may enter three-member teams in each of the five contests. Students who are not team members are encouraged to attend and cheer for their school. Medals will be presented to all first, second and third place winners. Other prizes will be given away by random drawing.

The student contestants will apply problem-solving skills to the contests. Events include building a paper clip bridge, building a car out of paper plates, a timed math contest, a rocket building contest and a timed computer logic contest.

The event is sponsored by the College of Engineering and Applied Science, the CU-Colorado Springs National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE) and the Colorado Alliance for Minority Participation (CO-AMP). It is free and open to the public.

CU-Colorado Springs, located on Austin Bluffs Parkway in northeast Colorado Springs, is the fastest growing university in Colorado and one of the fastest growing universities in the nation. The university offers 25 bachelor’s degrees, 18 master’s and two doctoral degrees. The campus enrolls more than 7,400 students annually.