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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.

Kurt Renner, 20, a chemical engineering student, talks with students from Idylwild Elementary School at Flavet Field. Fourth and fifth grade students from Idylwild Elementary School visited the University of Florida on Oct. 30 to learn about engineering and other STEM-related studies.

Students from Idylwild Elementary School prepare to launch a water rocket at Flavet Field. Fourth and fifth grade students from Idylwild Elementary School visited the University of Florida on Oct. 30 to learn about engineering and other STEM-related studies.

Vincent, a fourth grade student from Idylwild Elementary School helps aerospace engineering student Cesar Santoyo set up a water rocket. Fourth and fifth grade students from Idylwild Elementary School visited the University of Florida on Oct. 30 to learn about engineering and other STEM-related studies.

Cesar Santoyo, 19, an aerospace engineering student at the University of Florida, sets up a water rocket at Flavet Field. Fourth and fifth grade students from Idylwild Elementary School visited the University of Florida on Oct. 30 to learn about engineering and other STEM-related studies.

Students from Idylwild Elementary School participate in a rocket launch activity at Flavet Field. Building water rockets was one of the activities fourth and fifth grade students from Idylwild Elementary School participated in when they visited the University of Florida on Oct. 30.

Kenly, Simone and Christopher, students from Idlywild Elementary School, set up a water rocket to launch at Flavet Field. Building water rockets was one of the activities fourth and fifth grade students from Idylwild Elementary School participated in when they visited the University of Florida on Oct. 30.

Students from Idylwild Elementary School walk to Flavet Field to launch water rockets. Building water rockets was one of the activities fourth and fifth grade students from Idylwild Elementary School participated in when they visited the University of Florida on Oct. 30.

Students from Idylwild Elementary School launch a water rocket at Flavet Field. Fourth and fifth grade students from Idylwild Elementary School visited the University of Florida on Oct. 30 to learn about engineering and other STEM-related studies.

Cesar Santoyo, 19, an aerospace engineering student, helps students from Idylwild Elementary School set up a water rocket at Flavet Field. Fourth and fifth grade students from Idylwild Elementary School visited the University of Florida on Oct. 30 to learn about engineering and other STEM-related studies.

Students from Idylwild Elementary School participate in a rocket launch activity at Flavet Field. Building water rockets was one of the activities fourth and fifth grade students from Idylwild Elementary School participated in when they visited the University of Florida on Oct. 30.

Maseeia, a fourth grade student, participates in a water rocket launch at Flavet Field. Fourth and fifth grade students from Idylwild Elementary School visited the University of Florida on Oct. 30 to learn about engineering and other STEM-related studies.

Students from Idylwild Elementary School launch a water rocket at Flavet Field. Fourth and fifth grade students from Idylwild Elementary School visited the University of Florida on Oct. 30 to learn about engineering and other STEM-related studies.

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