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Names in the News: Local students attend science programs

HERMANSVILLE — James Hinds and Andrew Springstroh, both of Hermansville, recently attended Space Academy at the U.S. Space and Rocket Center, home of Space Camp, Space Camp Robotics, Aviation Challenge, U.S. Cyber Camp and NASA Marshall Space Flight Center’s Official Visitor Center.

The week-long educational program promotes science, technology, engineering and math, while training students and with hands-on activities and missions based on teamwork, leadership and problem solving.

This program is specifically designed for trainees who have a passion for space exploration. Hinds spent the week training with a team that flew a simulated space mission to the International Space Station, the Moon or Mars. The crew participated in experiments and successfully completed an extra-vehicular activity, or spacewalk. Hinds and crew returned to earth in time to graduate with honors.

Space Camp operates year-round in Huntsville, Ala. Students sleep in quarters designed to resemble the ISS and train in simulators like those used by NASA.

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Samantha Scott of Iron Mountain recently attended the Women in Engineering program at Michigan Technological University in Houghton July 28-Aug. 3. More than 140 high school women from 10 states, Argentina, Germany and Bahrain were accepted to attend this highly competitive scholarship program. WIE is part of Michigan Tech’s Summer Youth Programs.

WIE is a fun, intensive week-long look at careers in areas such as mechanical, computer, environmental, electrical, biomedical, civil, geological and materials engineering.

The young women explored engineering with group projects such as designing a building strong enough to withstand an earthquake, creating an artificial intelligence army and more. They received inside information from female role models working in engineering fields.

Students accepted in the Women in Engineering program received a scholarship valued at more than $1,000 that covers tuition, room and board, and supplies.

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Sydney Dunkes of Niagara, Wis., and Ian Steigerwald of Norway attended the Engineering Scholars Program from July 21 to 27 at Michigan Technological University in Houghton. More than 140 high school students from 13 states were accepted into this scholarship program. Engineering Scholars is part of Michigan Tech’s Summer Youth Programs.

The program provides an opportunity for students to investigate careers in engineering and science. The students participated in engineering sessions, group projects, and special topic presentations with a diverse group of peers from all over the country and around the world.

ESP provided a week-long look at engineering careers in areas such as mechanical, computer, environmental, electrical, chemical, biomedical, civil, geological and materials engineering.

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