20 high school girls to take on global engineering project at UWM EnQuest camp

The University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee’s College of Engineering & Applied Science will host the EnQuest girls engineering camp July 29-Aug. 3.

This weeklong overnight engineering camp provides an opportunity for high school students to learn more about engineering disciplines as they tour and work in the college’s labs, visit working engineers at industry partner sites and take on a global engineering project. The project, done in conjunction with the UWM chapter of Engineers Without Borders, will address a request by the residents of Ocopx’oo in Guatemala. The EnQuest campers will design and fabricate solar phone chargers destined for the 42 homes of the village. The UWM Engineers Without Borders chapter will deliver them when they travel to Guatemala in January 2019.

Including this year’s students, 143 campers will have participated in the EnQuest program since its launch in 2011; the majority have gone on to pursue engineering studies in college. This year’s participants are from throughout Southeast Wisconsin, including Brookfield, De Pere, Glendale, Greendale, Hales Corners, Hilbert, Kenosha, Middleton, Milwaukee, Sun Prairie and Whitewater.

Media members are welcome to attend the following camp activities, to be held at UWM:

  • Wednesday, Aug. 1, 10:30 a.m. – noon: Campers will work on patterns for their solar charger mounts, prior to having them cast in the foundry.
  • Friday, Aug. 3, 2:30-3:30 p.m.:Campers will present their final work.

Please contact Lisa McGovern at mcgoverl@uwm.edu or 414-229-1107 if interested in attending, and she will provide directions and locations.

About UWM

Recognized as one of the nation’s 115 top research universities, UW-Milwaukee provides a world-class education to 25,000 students from 91 countries on a budget of $653 million. Its 14 schools and colleges include Wisconsin’s only schools of architecture, freshwater sciences and public health, and it is a leading educator of nurses and teachers. UW-Milwaukee partners with leading companies to conduct joint research, offer student internships and serve as an economic engine for southeastern Wisconsin. The Princeton Review named UW-Milwaukee a 2018 “Best Midwestern” university based on overall academic excellence and student reviews, and the Sierra Club has recognized it as Wisconsin’s leading sustainable university.