GRAND RAPIDS — Students in grades 6-12 in West Michigan, who are curious about Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) careers, are eligible to win a Kindle Fire, remote-control helicopters, Lego kits and t-shirts at the second annual “What Is An Engineer” demonstration on Tuesday, April 16.

Students from Kent County public schools, West Michigan Catholic Schools, Christian high schools and students who are homeschooled are invited, along with their families, to this evening of robot and science demonstrations and an evening of conversations with engineering students, engineers and college professors.

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The event is Tuesday, April 16 from 6 to 9 p.m. on the second floor of Aquinas College’s Wege Center. It is hosted by Kettering University, Aquinas College and West Michigan Catholic Schools. Cost for the event is $5 per student.

The highlight of the evening is a chance for parents and students to ask specific questions of a panel of current Kettering University engineering students and graduates, all from West Michigan. Read about the students and more on this year’s “What Is An Engineer” at:

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Live demonstrations are expanded in this second annual event. Participants will see hands on exhibits from biomedical, chemical engineering, electrical engineering and mechatronics, along with fun with Physics exhibits and an industrial engineering controls panel. There will be two robot demonstrations — the FIRST Robotics Team of Grand Rapids West Catholic High School will bring their student-built robot for a demonstration and Legos in Paradise team. Each will offer continuous demonstrations, starting at 6 p.m.

Several prizes will be awarded including a Kindle Fire, several remote controlled helicopters and Lego kits. All registrants will get a specialized event t-shirt.

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Space is limited. RSVPs are due no later than April 9. Send $5 per student to the Foundation for Catholic Secondary Education, Attention Michael Wolfston/What is an Engineer, 360 Division Ave, South, Grand Rapids, Mich. 49503.