USU program for budding engineers on the ropes

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) – A Utah State University program designed to interest young students in science and engineering could fold without an infusion of funds.It takes $325,000 annually to run the Junior Engineering Program. In place for 13 years, it operates out of the engineering and technology education department in the College of Engineering.Program coordinator Arno Copley says program is designed to help elementary school educators teach the state-required science core. In the past year, some 95,000 K-6 students at 125 Utah schools have been exposed to lessons about science and technology.Copley says the program has been running at a deficit for the past two years. To keep running, he says the program needs about $250,000 before the end of June.

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