Published: April 28, 2010

More than 40 11th-graders from the Denver School of Science and Technology will get a close-up look at college-level engineering design at the University of Colorado at Boulder on Thursday, April 29, the last voting day of the White House Commencement Challenge.

DSST is one of six finalists in the challenge, which were selected for their dedication to academic excellence and for graduating students who are college- and career-ready. The public is invited to rate each of the finalists by going to before 11:59 p.m. Thursday, after which the administration will select one school where the president will deliver the commencement address this spring.

DSST students will visit the Electrical, Computer, and Energy Engineering Senior Design Expo on Thursday from 10:10 to 11:15 a.m. as part of daylong activities sponsored by the College of Engineering and Applied Science.

The ECEE Senior Design Expo is free and open to the public from 9 a.m. to noon in Engineering Center rooms ECEE 1B24 and 1B32. A solar power design competition will be held outside on Herbst Plaza starting at 10:30 a.m.

DSST is one of three high schools partnering with CU-Boulder's College of Engineering and Applied Science to enrich the academic experience in science and math for K-12 students. The college also partners with Centaurus High School in Lafayette and Skyline High School in Longmont.

The departments of mechanical engineering and computer science will host special technology demonstrations for the DSST juniors Thursday, after which the students will go on a campus tour and get information about admissions and special CU scholarship programs. A separate, concurrent program will challenge 70 DSST seventh-graders with a design/build project.

For more information, contact Carol Rowe in the CU-Boulder Office of Engineering Communications at 303-492-7426.