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Middle and high school students learn about life on campus

Jimmy Kohlmann, a Mitchell Middle School seventh grader.

Jimmy Kohlmann, a Mitchell Middle School seventh grader, listened intently during a session for this year's Exploring Engineering Day as engineering undergrads describe life on the UW-Madison College of Engineering campus. More than 200 students, parents and teachers visited campus for two campus outreach events on November 4. 

Organized by Engineering Professional Development Professor and Chair Philip R. O'Leary, this year's Exploring Engineering Day hosted visitors from both Starbuck and Mitchell Middle Schools in Racine. "The kids always come back transformed," says Keith Kohlmann, Jimmy's father, who also happens to be the technology education teacher at Mitchell Middle School "They gain a vision of what they can work toward in their future.

Students from from Madison, Milwaukee and Racine were also on campus for Harambee Day, a collaborative event coordinated by the College of Engineering Diversity Affairs Office in conjunction with the School of Education and College of Agricultural and Life Sciences. The fall event encourages high school students to explore opportunities available to them at UW-Madison.

Mark Riechers
11/15/2011