Technology & Engineering
CREC Academy of Science and Innovation
My passion is engineering.
I found my passion for engineering during vacation. While there I saw everything around me. Buildings and bridges are built to last ages and living in history, they are a visual reminder of the time they were built. These structures are larger than any one person, and the forces of the earth act against it, but even so they stand the test of time and all sprung from the imagination of one or a team of engineers. Engineers turn a vision into reality, they make dreams come true, and their work is presented to the world to see long after the original engineer is deceased. Along with leaving a mark in the world, they are challenged daily in science having to quickly problem solve and think critically.
UConn is an exceptional academic institute with unique opportunities for high school students. The Explore Engineering Program would be a wonderful chance for Lana to learn more about her career aspirations. In her personal responses, Lana described how buildings stand the test of time - and it is the work of an engineer or a team of engineers to problem solve and develop facilities which can live long past their builders. Lana wants to be part of this problem-solving cohort because that is at the heart of who she is. Whether finding ways to make a classmate feel more positive or using the inquiry process to develop a structural analysis, Lana wants to help. Engineers of all kind are about making the world a better place. Lana already has the heart of an engineer - now she needs the knowledge. In the Explore Engineering Program, Lana will work collaboratively with her peers and teachers. She will engage in active and enthusiastic learning and quickly recognize the opportunity she has to learn more about her career passion. Lana's love for engineering will not be fulfilled by the UConn program - it will grow. She will take what she learns and continually apply it to the years of learning ahead. Lana will benefit from and be a benefit to the UConn Explore Engineering Program.
After attending my summer program, I felt more assured that engineering was a field is want to go into, and it helped narrow down my interests to Civil Engineering.
The program started out with a awesome introduction ceremony where we worked with our roommates to figure out the heat capacity of the ocean and how much potential energy there would be if the temperature changed by 1 degree Celsius. After that, we did bonded with our YESS (Young Engineering Science Scholars) groups focusing on our majors with competitions. We had to create a chant and act out a machine in a charade for the judges to guess. My group as assigned to act out a vending machine, and in the final ceremony it was reveled we won the Machine challenge! We were all given Uconn Engineering Baseball caps as an award.
Everyday as a group in a "major" we would participate in extra activities correlating to what our group was focused on. Mine was Civil and Environmental engineering. Some of these programs were planning out different design layouts for cities and their transportation systems, creating concrete Lego bricks, or making solar powered fuel cells! Beyond these groups, we got to participate in different lectures from the professors of the engineering school about a different type of engineering. I discovered types of engineering I wasn't aware of before like Material Science engineering. Paired witht he lectures we experienced tours of the families each engineering discipline uses, and a lab we got to participate in. Some of these labs were fun activities like when we froze marshmallows using liquid Nitrogen, while others were like the catapult competition. This competition was a ton of fun for me, not only did you have to design your own catapult, you had to make it as cost effective as possible. Rather than assign a certain amount of materials, they had set up a store where you would go and purchase materials to use instead.
The final day, every student participated in their major's group in the physics olympics which featured challenges from every discipline such as a bridge competition where you stack bricks out as far as you could without letting one end of the bride shape touch the ground.
Overall, this was a great experience! I loved every second of it from sitting in college lecture halls, to working hands on with concrete. I'm very grateful for everyone who helped get me to the Explore Engineering Program. This has directly influenced my thoughts of where I want to go when I am older and set my down my life path. Thank you for everyone for giving me his opportunity!
I am going to be participating in UCONN’s Explore Engineering program this summer. I am beyond excited to go to this program as it well let me venture into multiple fields of engineering as find the one that fits me the best. Thank you to everyone who helped make this possible! There are not many opportunities for high school students to look into engineering from a college-level, so I believe that this program will help develop me as a student a well as motivate me to continue looking into engineering as a viable choice.
I can’t wait to meet the other students who are looking into Engineering, and collaborate with them. I choose this program because for a while now I have been looking into going for Engineering as a college student and as a career field. It’s my hope that attending Explore Engineering will let me decide fully if I’d like to go into engineering later on in life.
Lana has always been a great student and teacher. I am honored to help her expand her mind and body outside of Taekwon-do.
Congratulations Lana! This is going to be an amazing experience for you. I am so proud of you for seeking these exciting opportunities! I can't wait to hear about all the cool stuff you do this summer :)
Keep up the good work!
We are proud and excited for you to explore your passion. We need more females in engineering. It all started with your problem solvers club. Love from us.
Good luck sweetie ❤️ u
Good luck Lana!
All the best, Lana!
This is such an exciting opportunity! Congratulations on your acceptance. It is always so wonderful when our students are recognized for all of their effort and hardwork. Best of luck to you!
- Mrs. Froeb
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Sending Lana to UConn Explore Engineering Program will cost $700.
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