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The University of Florida College of Engineering Reaches Out to Elementary Students

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The Gator Engineering Outreach Program for outstanding K-12 Students in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) hosted a day of science activities for Idylwild Elementary School students at the University of Florida on Oct. 30.

Fourth- and fifth-grade students from Idylwild Elementary School got to participate in hands-on activities with University of Florida engineering students, as well as explore the UF College of Engineering. Students built soda bottle water rockets at the college before walking to Flavet Field to launch them.

The Gator Engineering Outreach Program is a joint outreach program between the University of Florida College of Engineering and ExxonMobil. The pre-college initiative targets K-12 students who may be interested in STEM studies. The initiative has reached more than 10,000 K-12 students in the past 12 years.

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