Engineering Summit for students to be funded by grant
by Alan Reed
Mar 26, 2008 | 0 0 comments | 1 1 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Trigg County High School Teacher and Economic Development Commission member Lori Ricks has big plans for a $7,500 grant from the Western Kentucky Workforce Development Board. She intends to conduct the engineering Summit on May 8 for students involved in engineering programs in her school and for other campuses.

Ricks said that the event would offer competitions, giving students a chance to build “dragster cars” and rockets built from two-liter bottles. She added that prizes would include video games and gift cards for the 200-student event.

The event would also feature a demonstration by the National Guard on the use of global positioning systems, and an appearance by State Senator Ken Winters. Local industry leaders and members of the EDC would also appear at the summit.

“We’ve done a lot with our engineering program at the school,” said Ricks. “If we didn’t do this, someone else would, eventually.”

Cadiz Mayor Lyn Bailey pledged city assistance in the form of manpower to the project. He said that City Public Works Director Kerry Fowler would look at the project and provide additional electrical outlets needed.

Commission Member Don Leibee offered assistance in collecting money and offered additional volunteers to the effort.

Ricks said that efforts to collect money for the EDC from Integra and Heritage Banks for business recruiting efforts had been unsuccessful. She said that EDC Board Member Dan Bozarth planned to contact regional managers of the two banks to facilitate the efforts. “When we bring in an industry, local banks benefit.”

Read this complete story on page 2A of The Cadiz Record.
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