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Other Outreach Programs at the College of Engineering and Mines
The UND College of Engineering and Mines sponsors the annual FIRST LEGO League tournament for North Dakota, typically held in late January or early February. Teams of future engineers in grades 5-9 design and program a LEGO® MINDSTORMS® robot to achieve a specific set of tasks. Over 30 teams come together at the state tournament to test their creations against the best ideas from around the state. Tournament winners are eligible to move on to the World Festival, held later in the spring.
The National Society of Professional Engineers sponsors the TEAMS competition at UND each year to encourage participation in math, science and engineering activities. UND Engineering hosts the annual competition as part of the celebration of National Engineers Week. High school students participate in a day-long series of written exams and design challenges to test their math, science and critical thinking skills.
The Math Kangaroo Competition is a competitive math exam for students in grades 1 through 12. Participants' scores are judged against others in their age group. All participants receive prizes for participating and top national scorers are eligible for college grants and international camps. Every year more than 5,000,000 students from over 45 countries participate in the event. The competition is typically held at the University of North Dakota in March, with registration due in early January. For more information, contact Dr. Reza Fazel firstname.lastname@example.org or 701-777-3368.
The world faces enormous technical challenges in the years ahead - sustainable energy, food production, water supplies, etc. However, the US is not producing enough scientists and engineers. In fact, we are falling far behind other countries like China and India.
UND's new interdisciplinary outreach program brings science and technology to North Dakota's middle schools.
NATURE is an educational outreach program sponsored by the North Dakota Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research (ND EPSCoR). NATURE is designed to build new and strengthen existing pathways for Native American students to pursue careers in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) fields. Participants of the program include students and faculty from all five tribal colleges in North Dakota, high schools students and teachers from the four North Dakota Indian reservations, and faculty from research universities of North Dakota, North Dakota State University (NDSU) and University of North Dakota (UND).