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Saturday workshops ‘GEAR UP’ local 8th graders

Tuesday, September 25, 2007
Saturday workshops ‘GEAR UP’ local 8th graders

The Department of Pre-College Program has partnered with the School of Nursing and the School of Engineering and Computer Science to offer two unique Saturday academies as part of GEAR UP, Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Studies. The six-year federal-, state- and OU-funded program prepared 8th graders from Oak Park and Pontiac schools for post-high school opportunities.

GEAR UP for Nursing will introduce participants to basic nursing fundaments, nutrition, pharmacology and career exploration. Students will learn the importance of math and science in pursuing a career in nursing. In addition, they will earn a CPR and First Aid certificate as well as a two-year Heartsaver certificate.

The engineering program, OU Can Do Engineering, will provide the GEAR UP students with information on how modern engineers transfer a design idea from their minds to a computer screen, analyze the structural integrity of their proposed ideas, verify their designs through experimental testing and present their ideas through formal oral presentations.

The program will provide students with an understanding of the basic principles that engineers use to develop products and systems as well as the importance of strong communication, math and science skills.

The programs will be held on Saturday morning each month for four months. Students will work with a variety of hands-on, interactive, related activities for each topic.

The Department of Pre-College Programs is discussing future academies with other OU schools that relate to their particular majors. For more information, contact Coordinator of Pre-College Programs Reginald McCloud at (248) 370-4455.