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RPI to host “Exploring Engineering Day” for students in grades 3-5

| October 4, 2019

The School of Engineering at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI) invites parents/guardians and their children in grades 3 to 5 to attend Exploring Engineering Day (EED), a FREE half-day program that introduces children to the field of engineering through fun, hands-on activities led by upper level college students studying Engineering.

Exploring Engineering Day will take place at RPI in Troy, NY on Saturday, Feb. 8, 2020. In the case of inclement weather, the program may be postponed to Saturday, Feb. 22. Families who want to participate in EED should plan to save BOTH Saturday dates in their calendars.

You can register for Exploring Engineering Day 2020 at Be sure to click the “submit” button once you’ve completed the registration form. If you have difficulty accessing the registration page or if you want to verify that your child is registered, please email Julie Granata at or call (518) 276-6203.

Registration will remain open until the program reaches capacity, or until Monday, Jan. 20, 2020. The program fills quickly, so please register your child as soon as possible! An email will be sent out to all parents confirming their child’s attendance. If you don’t receive an email from us by Tuesday, Jan. 21, we either didn’t receive your electronic form or your email address may have been typed incorrectly. A final letter with detailed driving directions, parking, information, and other details will be sent by email and by postal mail to all registered guests three weeks before the event date. Program capacity is limited and no walk-ins will be permitted.

The program is divided into two sessions, a morning session from 8:15 a.m. to 12:10 p.m. and an afternoon session from 12:45 to 4:40 p.m. There’s a section on the form to reference the names of siblings, friends, or relatives who want to be assigned to the same group within the morning or afternoon session. Parents should complete one registration form for each of their own children and may reference the name of a friend or relative on their child’s registration form. We’ll assign friends/relatives who are referenced on a form to the same session group. Session groups are limited to 20 children and 20 parents (one parent per child).

Two trained RPI students will escort and chaperone each group and no fewer than six college students will lead and engage the children in four 30-minute hands-on, interactive activities. We encourage parents to accompany their children to this program, yet we also understand that some parents work on weekends and may not be available to accompany their child/children. While parents/guardians must register their own children and initial the registration form to provide permission for their children to attend the program, they may designate an adult chaperone (18 years or older) to accompany their child(ren) to the program. We’ll ask you to list the name of the adult who will attend the program with your child(ren).

If you have questions, please email Program Director Barbara A. Ruel at or call me at (518) 276-2618, Monday through Friday, between 8:30 a.m. and 5 p.m.

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