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Wichita State attracts kids to engineering summer camps

  • The Wichita Eagle
  • Published Friday, July 11, 2014, at 7:23 a.m.
  • Updated Friday, July 11, 2014, at 8:32 a.m.

The national shortage of engineers helped prompt an abundance of summer camps at the College of Engineering at Wichita State University this summer.

The college hosted 272 children at 13 camps this summer, WSU said in a prepared statement.

Of those, the college used scholarships and targeted recruitment to bring in 115 students from demographics usually under-represented in engineering: females, African-Americans and Hispanics, Wichita State said.

The camps help with recruitment of students interested in science, technology, engineering and math.

Money to help pay for some of the camps comes from Spirit AeroSystems, Airbus, Boeing and NASA. Representatives from Wichita schools, Spirit, Airbus and Boeing also met with students.

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