Experience Engineering event brings high school students to college

In observation of National Engineers Week, Penn State Berks is inviting students from local high schools to an ?Experience Engineering? event. Students will visit the college on Thursday, Feb. 25, and Friday, Feb. 26, 2016. The purpose of the event is to introduce students to the field of engineering and engineering education.

The program will begin with lunch and an overview of the college?s engineering programs in the Thun Library at 11:30 a.m. Then they will take a tour of the college?s state-of-the-art Gaige Technology and Business Innovation Building, which houses all the college?s engineering laboratories and classrooms. Later in the afternoon, students will complete a problem-solving activity and then attend a final presentation before returning to their high schools.

Penn State Berks offers a B.S. degree in Electro-Mechanical Engineering Technology and a B.S. degree in Mechanical Engineering. Penn State Berks is the only college in Berks County to offer degree programs in engineering, and all programs are taught in the Gaige Technology and Business Innovation Building.

Building on its roots in the field of engineering, Wyomissing Polytechnic Institute (WPI) was the forerunner institution of Penn State Berks. WPI began as a training center for workers of Textile Machine Works in Reading and provided a solid background in engineering, as well as other technical fields of study. Many leaders of local industry are graduates of WPI.

For more information about the Experience Engineering event, contact Walt Fullam, Director of Continuing Education, at 610-396-6224 or via e-mail at [email protected].