Middle and high school students will work on unique challenges ranging from designing a house that can recover from a flood to creating a zip line that carries a ping pong ball. Group work will be done 10:30-11:30 a.m. in various rooms across the WSU Tri-Cities campus, 2710 Crimson Way, Richland.
Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs (GEAR UP) is a federally funded preparation for low-income students to obtain their high school diplomas and go on to succeed in college.
Wednesday’s opening ceremony will be 9:30-10:15 a.m. in the East Building Auditorium. The program will feature Vanessa Alvarez, a WSU Tri-Cities engineering student and GEAR UP graduate, along with GEAR UP student Justus Scott from Pasco High.
Following a lunch break, students will present group findings 12:10-1:10 p.m. in the East Auditorium and then hear from WSU Tri-Cities Chancellor H. Keith Moo-Young, a professional engineer. The program will conclude at 1:30 p.m.
About 50 GEAR UP graduates are enrolled at WSU Tri-Cities. These college students are invited to join the work groups as resources for the teens and powerful examples of GEAR UP success.
Participants include Kamiakin, Southridge, Pasco, Chiawana, Columbia and Riverview high schools and Columbia, Ochoa and Finley middle schools.
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