The University of Tennessee, Knoxville

College of Engineering

Office of Diversity Programs

Middle School Introduction to Engineering Systems for Seventh Graders (MITES7)

The College of Engineering (COE) initiated the first Middle School Introduction to Engineering Systems (MITES) program in 1997. The program selects rising 7th grade students who demonstrate interests within math and science. MITES7 is a non-residential program. The purpose of MITES7 is to help rising 7th grade school students understand the definition of engineering. The MITES7 session will be hosted on July 26-29, 2015.

Thirty-two students will be selected to participate in the program. Hands-on activities will spark an interest in the world of engineering and allow students to explore career opportunities. Throughout the program, participants will be challenged to apply what they have learned in engineering competitions. Counselors will assist with program activities and supervision of participants. Parents and participants who are selected and reside an hour or more outside of Knoxville will be elligible to receive complimentary housing. All participants will recieve lunch if selected.

  • Orientation session
  • Ice breakers and team building exercises
  • Classroom sessions with engineering fundamentals
  • Lunch
  • Supplies
  • Engineering challenges and group design project
  • Counselor-to-peer mentoring
  • Closing awards reception

The 2015 application is closed.

The 2016 application will open on Friday, November 20, 2015.

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