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For Immediate Release:
Office of Public Relations
Fairleigh Dickinson University
1000 River Road
Teaneck, NJ 07666
285 Madison Avenue
Madison, NJ 07940
Gliders, Rockets and Robots
Fairleigh Dickinson University Partnership Enriches Students from Paterson High School Academies
Teaneck, NJ (November 18, 2002) --- The School of Engineering and Engineering Technology at Fairleigh Dickinson University has formed a partnership with Paterson Public Schools for a Saturday Engineering Enrichment Program to help prepare students for studying technical subjects. Beginning in early October, 30 high-achieving pre-engineering students from three innovative Paterson High School Academies (PANTHER, MPACT, and STEM) have been participating in this program --- which is held in the engineering building on FDUís Metropolitan Campus, Teaneck, NJ.
This enrichment program provides valuable exposure to, and experience with, pre-engineering and engineering technology activities. The students work alongside engineering faculty and staff, gaining hands-on experience with various technology-oriented projects and computer activities. Students are bussed to the FDU campus for 12 half-day Saturday sessions.
The activities include project-specific instruction and supervised assembly, with emphasis on engineering, scientific principles and relevant mathematics. Students select kits ranging from remote controlled cars, rubber band powered gliders, rockets, robots, bridges, and other structures.
The glider project has been completed and students are currently working on rockets. The engineering school provides experienced instructors to guide the students through reading schematics, using tools and test equipment, and follow kit instructions. Students are encouraged to participate in competitions and contests, perhaps using the kits that they built.
The School of Engineering and Engineering Technology makes its technology labs available to this Saturday program, with supervised access to all necessary shop and test equipment for construction and troubleshooting.
Dr. Edwin Duroy, State District Superintendent, Paterson School System, and Dr. John Sico, Asst. Superintendent of Curriculum and Instruction have made this Saturday Engineering Enrichment program possible. Dr. Duroy said "The Paterson Public School District is proud to add Fairleigh Dickinson University to our roster of educational partners. We are delighted to be part of their excellent engineering program. The hands-on approach to engineering will enhance our studentsí interest to major in engineering."
For further information, contact Dr. Alfredo Tan, Director of the School of Engineering and Engineering Technology; SEET Director Melvin Lewis, Coordinator of Engineering Technology Programs at Fairleigh Dickinson University, Metropolitan Campus in Teaneck; Dr. John Sico, Assistant Superintendent of Curriculum and Instruction.
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