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College 101: Redmond 4th Graders Visit OSU

Posted November 12th, 2010 by staff

College students looked a bit younger on November 8, when the 4th grade class from Tom McCall Elementary School in Redmond, OR visited Oregon State University.  90 students and 40 parents braved a 5:00 am departure time and a long and snowy drive to spend a full day at OSU as part of Precollege Programs’ Campus Field Trips.

The groups engaged in many of the activities that typical college students do: going to Dixon, going to “class”, visiting the library and the Memorial Union, stocking up on orange-and-black gear, eating lunch in the dining hall and visiting Reser Stadium and Gill Coliseum.

Highlights included “classes” or presentations and activities with undergraduate and graduate students at OSU.  Doug Halamay, a graduate student under Professor Annette von Jouanne, shared information related to the research about harnessing the power of waves, while students from the College of Science explained carbon footprints in an interactive game.  Finally, members of Sigma Delta Omega, the science sorority, led a civil engineering challenge requiring students to build the longest cantilever (essentially one-half of a bridge) out of spaghetti and tape.

The day ended with a bang, when the students were invited by the OSU Women’s Basketball coaches to meet the team and even take part in some fun practice drills.  Thoroughly exhausted, but excited for college, the students and parents boarded the bus for the long drive home.

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