UTPA's Annual Texas Pre-Freshman Engineering Program

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Thursday, August 4, 2011 - 9:35am

The 26th Annual Texas Pre-Freshman Engineering Program at UTPA to celebrate another successful year, here's Sandra Quintanilla with the highlights of the program.

What do middle and high schoolers have in common? They're intrigued and fascinated about designing and building things from scratch. As a way to pique their interest even further , organizers of UTPA's annual Texas Pre-Freshman Engineering Program or TEXPREP, assigned them to work on what they dubbed "Mega Projects" as part of their seven week Summer Enrichment Experience on campus. Those involved since the start of the three year program challenged themselves by constructing solar cars and test driving them for effectiveness and efficiency. Second year students made robots by programming micro processors and beginners created their own mini helicopters.

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