Yuma and Parker students attend Go Green Engineering camp

Yuma and Parker students attend Go Green Engineering camp

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Yuma AZ -Yuma and Parker Arizona junior high and highschool students are taking part in a science and engineering camp that'll help them prepare for the future in renewable energy.

Solar energy and wind are part of the go-green engineering projects that dozens of students are learning about at Arizona Western College.

"This actually gave me something of an idea, like what my job could be like and I like it," Kassandra Peize, , 9th grade Cibola student said.

About 100 students are participating and staying in AWC campus dorms for the real college experience.

The camp has two curriculums which includes a field trip to Tucson and a Lego robotic camp.

Time Warner Cable presents the camp as part of the company's five year $100 million dollar initiative, Connect a Million Minds, to help increase awareness of science, technology, engineering and math among youth.

"It's an amazing program, were very successful in getting students through this program. Some of these kids are in the program for 6 to 7 years and they graduate from high school," Terry Shove, director of Talent Search Upward Bound said. "We get them enrolled into college and most of them do fairly well and with being successful and get them a college degree."

Shove said most of these students will be first generation college students in their families.

She said she hopes students will consider pursuing a career in green energy.

"I like all the hands on stuff that we do like the building of robotics and how we do it ourselves," Peize said.

On Saturday, students will have the opportunity to showcase what they learned with family members at a luncheon held at AWC.

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