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MSU’s annual Engineer-a-thon draws Bozeman sixth-graders

February 28, 2017 -- MSU News Service

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BOZEMAN - The College of Engineering at Montana State University will host its annual Engineer-a-thon on March 2.

The event convenes Bozeman-area sixth-grade students for a day of hands-on activities that engage students to engineering principles. Activities this year include making ice cream with liquid nitrogen, designing model bridges and filtering water using household materials.

MSU engineering students affiliated with more than a dozen engineering organizations and student clubs, including the Society of Women Engineers and the American Indian Science and Engineering Society, will lead the activities.

Roughly 260 sixth-graders from Chief Joseph Middle School, plus more than a dozen similarly aged students from Middle Creek Montessori, are expected to attend.

The event “is a chance for young students, especially young women and others who might not think of engineering as a career option, to discover that they have an affinity for using math and science to solve problems,” according to event organizer Jennifer Clark, student success coordinator for the College of Engineering dean’s office.

The activities will take place 9-11:30 a.m. and 12:15-2:45 p.m. at MSU’s Shroyer Gym.

Jennifer Clark, (406) 994-7836 or