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BHS students participate in college’s summer engineering program

Two Burnsville High School students are among 18 young women from the Twin Cities who will attend Michigan Tech’s Women in Engineering Summer Youth Program.


Tessa Venables (on left) and Kallie Lyon

A $25,000 grant from 3M will cover the cost for the girls to attend the program, their supplies, room and board, and transportation to and from the camp located in Houghton, Michigan.

Kallie Lyon and Tessa Venables, who will be seniors at Burnsville High School in the fall, will participate in the highly competitive, yet fun week-­long look at engineering careers in areas such as mechanical, computer, environmental, electrical, chemical, biomedical, civil, geological and materials. Students will participate in engineering sessions, group projects and special topic presentations with a diverse group of peers from all over the country and around the world.
The girls will gain insights from role models working in engineering fields, work in teams to tackle group projects, learn about the college application process and gather tips for succeeding in university engineering programs.They will also experience college life by staying in a residence hall, eating in the dining hall and participating in their chosen academic exploration.
Kallie shared her enthusiasm at being chosen to attend the camp this summer. “It will be exciting to learn more about the many different fields of engineering and possibly discover a future career path,” she said.
Tessa looks forward to creating visual messages with a programmable micro controller; and learning how to design earthquake-­tolerant buildings. “It will be a great experience to meet women who are working on projects like these every day and who can share their knowledge and advice,” she said.
For more information, visit or call (906) 487­-2219.
Posted: Wednesday, June 24, 2015 - 12:11