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Swenson Receives Grant to Grow K‑12 STEM Experience

February 23, 2022

Mechanical Engineering Assistant Professor Matthew Swenson was awarded a $27,000 VentureWell Course and Program Grant to build a K-12 mentorship program into the University of Idaho College of Engineering’s nationally recognized Interdisciplinary Capstone Design Program. VentureWell helps faculty and staff at institutions across the country develop or sustain courses and programs that encourage STEM innovation. The Interdisciplinary Capstone Design Program will utilize VentureWell funding to build a program that will pair undergraduate engineering students with K-12 inventors from the Invent Idaho competition.

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