LSU College of Engineering Hosts Shadow Day

Group photo of shadow day studentsBATON ROUGE – Students from high schools around Louisiana recently attended Shadow Day at the LSU College of Engineering. The one-day event featured facility tours, an informative panel discussion, classes with current students and a hands-on engineering activity.

During the activity, students were given an hour to create a rocket from construction paper, tape, a film canister and several liquid soluble pellets.

“It is a true engineering challenge,” said Sarah Jones, associate director of the College of Engineering’s Office of Diversity.

For Ramyre Turner, this was the perfect opportunity to learn more about LSU. Next fall, the senior from Zachary High School plans to major in computer science. Turner explained that the event provided him with some insight about his major.

“I noticed that computer engineering and computer science are closely related,” he said. “If you major in computer engineering, you can obtain a minor in computer science. I am definitely considering doing that.”

Student experiences similar to Turner’s are one of the reasons why Amber Jarrell decided to mentor the students. Jarrell, a senior biological engineering major from Baton Rouge, thought it was important for high school students to see what goes on in the engineering classes.

“They [students] were able to see what we are doing in our classes rather than just hearing about it,” Jarrell said. “It is good for them to see what their future will be as a student at LSU.”

Part of their future will more than likely include a visit to Tiger Stadium, which was indeed the surprise ending to the students’ day.

“We wanted to end it with something fun to show the students a balance,” Jones said. “You can be an engineering student and still have time for a little fun.”

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By Raven Nichols, Communications Intern