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The following workshops and programs are available during the academic year. Check the website links for more information about each program.

Upcoming Workshops & Programs

Cybersecurity and Cybersafety for Girls Saturday Workshop

Description: Cybersecurity and Cybersafety for Girls is an interactive learning and mentoring experience for girls who are interested in technology, computers, and cybersecurity!  Undergraduate students will lead workshops in various computer and technology related topics. This event will provide girls with the opportunity to learn everything they need to know to safely use the internet and technology with confidence!
Target Group:  Girls in the 6th, 7th or 8th grade
Program Office:  Maryland Cybersecurity Center
Program Director:  Ashlyn Vander Woude
Register Online:  www.cyber.umd.edu/education/saturday-workshop-6-8

Cybersecurity for 4th and 5th Graders Saturday Workshop

Description: Cybersecurity for 4th and 5th Graders is an interactive learning and mentoring experience for girls and boys who are interested in technology, computers, and cybersecurity!  Undergraduate students will lead engaging activities that will introduce participants to basic concepts in cybersecurity and computer science. This event is designed to improve critical thinking skills and offer students an introduction to computing and security.
Target Group:  Girls and Boys in 4th or 5th  grade
Program Office:  Maryland Cybersecurity Center
Program Director:  Ashlyn Vander Woude
Register Online:  www.cyber.umd.edu/education/saturday-workshop-4-5

ESTEEM Research Mentoring Program

Description: Seniors who participated in the summer and who have a research project requirement will have an academic year long independent project with a faculty member which will result in a final paper and participation in a research symposium in the spring of 2011. Parent/student will need to provide their own transportation to campus. University shuttle bus is available for schools that are on SHUTTLE-UM routes.
Target Group: Seniors
Program Office: Center for Minorities in Science and Engineering
Program Director: LaWanda Kamalidiin
Website: http://www.cmse.umd.edu/k12/esteem

Girl Scout Engineering Saturday and Keys to Empowering Youth

Description: Girl Scout Engineering Saturday and Keys to Empowering Youth is a workshop presented by Clark School students for Girl Scout troops in Maryland and the Washington Metropolitan area. Cadettes and Seniors (grades 7-12) engage in fun, hands-on, engineering-related activities, learn about professional career options in engineering and science and earn an Inventions and Inquiry Project patch.
Target Group:  For students in grades 7-12.
Program Office:  Women in Engineering Program
Program Director:  Julia Anderson
Website:  www.wie.umd.edu/k12/gses

Introduction to Math and Physics through Fire Dynamics

Description: The Fire Protection Engineering Department at the University of Maryland is proud to offer a new program, "An Introduction to Math and Physics through Fire Dynamics"  to talented 10th and 11th grade students who have an interest in and aptitude for mathematics, science and/or engineering who wish to consider exciting engineering careers.  The purpose of this program is to expose high school students to a college-level taught program while sparking their interest in, as well as developing their knowledge of, the fundamental concepts in mathematics, physics, and chemistry needed to understand and solve engineering problems. Concepts will be studied with respect to various fire protection engineering applications through a series of lectures and related laboratory experiments.
Target Group:  10th and 11th grade students.
Program Office:  Department of Fire Protection Engineering
Program Director:  Nicole Hollywood
Website:  www.fpe.umd.edu/hs-intro
Register Online:  www.ter.ps/InterestFD

KEYS to Empowering Youth

KEYs participants with Amanda Prescott, Safety Compliance Engineer Description: KEYS to Empowering Youth is a science and technology mentoring workshop that provides young girls the opportunity to meet and work with women studying and employed in science and engineering. KEYS offers interactive, hands-on activities that demonstrate the importance of engineering, science and technology and their impact on society.
Target Group:  For 11 to 13-year-old girls
Program Office:  Women in Engineering Program
Program Director:  Vanessa Medley
Website:  www.wie.umd.edu/k12/keys-program

WIE LEAD Academies

Description: The Women in Engineering Leadership Enhancement, Application and Design Academies provide students with the opportunity to spend 1-2 days learning and applying principles related to a particular engineering discipline found at the University of Maryland. This program is open to young men and women.
Target Group: This program is open to young men and women
Program Office: Women in Engineering Program
Program Director:  Bria McElroy
Website: www.wie.umd.edu/precollege/lead.html


Previous Workshops & Programs

Concrete Bridge Competition

Description: The Concrete Bridge Design Competition is a hands-on competition to build the strongest bridge built of concrete
incorporating recycled or reclaimed materials.
Target Group: High school juniors, sophomores, and freshmen are eligible to compete.
Program Office: Civil & Environmental Engineering
Program Director: Dr. Peter Chang
Competition Date: May 21, 2011
Website:  www.civil.umd.edu/bridge/index.html

T.O.R.C.H.

Description: T.O.R.C.H is an acronym for the Technical Outreach Community Help program developed by the National Society of Black Engineers (N.S.B.E.) in 2000 to address the "digital divide," the gap between those who benefit from new technology and those who do not. The University of Maryland NSBE chapter, the Black Engineers Society (BES) hosts a local T.O.R.C.H. Program at the University on Saturdays during the school year. The TORCH Program engages both parents and students in hands-on activities designed to expose them to the fields of science, technology engineering and mathematics.
Target Group: For students in the 9th, 10th, 11th or 12th grade.
Program Office: Center for Minorities in Science & Engineering/Black Engineers Society
Program Directors: Ms. Rosemary Parker and Mr. Bruk Berhane
Duration/Schedule: 4 Saturdays per semester (academic year only).
Fall 2010 dates: September 18, October 9, October 23, November 13, 2010
Program Cost: No cost to program participants