Tom Hutton, UCCS, (719) 255-3439, (719) 351-6519 [email protected] Dave Khaliqi, Center for Science, Technology, Engineering and Math Education, (719) 255-3595

Middle school students will be able to decode their own DNA to designing robots as part of a series of real life science workshops at the University of Colorado Colorado Springs.

About 300 students from the Pikes Peak region and southwestern Colorado will visit UCCS June 8 and 9 to participate in hands-on experiences designed to stimulate interest in science, technology, engineering and math. The workshops will mix serious science and math skills with fun as students work on projects ranging from explorations of DNA to designing mousetrap-powered vehicles, solar cars, model rockets, audio engineering, electric circuit design and crime scene investigations to name a few.

The sessions begin at 9 a.m. and progress in 90 minute blocks until 2:30 p.m. June 8 and 9. For a complete list of locations and events, or for students who wish to enroll, visit http://www.uccs.edu/~pipes/SIRL2.html or contact Vicki Taylor, Center for Science, Technology, Engineering and Math Education, (719) 255-3133.

The goal of the program is to connect youth with professionals who work in science and technology fields and to generate both excitement about problem solving and tinkering, according to Dave Khaliqi (Call-ick-E), director, Center for Science, Technology, Engineering and Math Education.

“Improving student math and science skills is a national goal and a call to action for our university,” Khaliqi said. “We have to start young, we have to start fast and we have to make it fun if we are going to increase the number of students who chose science, math or engineering majors in college and pursue careers in these fields.”

The science workshops are coordinated with other campus and community organizations such as the CU Pre Collegiate Development Program, Peak Education Foundation, and local school districts.

For more information about the CU Pre Collegiate Development Program visit http://www.uccs.edu/~pcdp/

The National Institute of Science, Space and Security Centers creates academic and research deliverables in science, space and security disciplines. It consists of the Center for Homeland Security, the Center for Space Studies, Center for Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics Education and the Trauma, Health & Hazards Center.

UCCS, located on Austin Bluffs Parkway in Colorado Springs, is one of the fastest growing universities in the nation. The University offers 36 bachelor’s degrees, 19 master’s, and five doctoral degrees. The campus enrolls about 9,000 students annually.