TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (March 12, 2024) – Middle school and high school students with interests in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) are invited to Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology for a free, fun-filled day of creative design challenges and robotics.

The SPARK! event takes place March 30 from noon to 4 p.m. (Eastern time) in the college’s Sports and Recreation Center. The event aims to ignite students’ passion for STEM fields through hands-on learning, regardless of background or future academic plans.

Teams of students will channel their creative problem-solving abilities to program the provided robots with gripping devices to complete an assigned task. They will also engineer devices to protect eggs after being dropped from different heights and make visually striking banners. Prizes will be awarded to the winning teams in the competitions.

“We hope to show students that STEM fields can be really exciting. Getting them engaged with hands-on activities at a young age can spark lasting interests,” said co-organizer Michael Olabintan, a junior software engineering student.

Students from all backgrounds are encouraged to register by March 20 at https://www.rose-hulman.edu/spark to ensure availability of a free lunch and event t-shirt. Interested students can also register on the day of the event but may not get lunch and an event t-shirt.

Carlotta Berry, PhD, Rose-Hulman’s Lawrence J. Giacoletto Endowed Chair of Electrical and Computer Engineering, and Computer Science and Software Engineering Department Head Sriram Mohan, PhD, are the faculty mentors for this program.

About Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology
Founded in 1874, Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology is dedicated to preparing its students with the world’s best undergraduate science, engineering and mathematics education in an environment infused with innovation, intellectual rigor, and individualized attention. The Institute is consistently recognized nationally as an elite STEM college for distinctions that include faculty excellence, return on investment, value-added, and career services. Career placement is nearly 100 percent year after year. Located in Terre Haute, Indiana, Rose-Hulman has an enrollment of 2,250 students. Learn more at rose-hulman.edu.