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TRIO Upward Bound Team Places Third in Regional STEM Bridge Building Competition

The NC State team built a bridge that held approximately 15 pounds.

A group of students in grey TRIO T-shirts, with the student in front holding the bridge they built

NC State TRIO Upward Bound students placed third in a regional STEM Bridge Building competition on April 2. Sponsored by SAEOPP, the regional TRIO Association, students had two hours to construct a bridge that would hold the heaviest load. The NC State TRIO Upward Bound team constructed a bridge that held approximately 15 pounds.

Upward Bound is an early intervention pre-college program that helps students prepare for higher education. Upward Bound brings high school students to college campuses after school, on the weekends and during the summer to receive instruction in mathematics, laboratory sciences, composition, literature and foreign languages. Tutoring, counseling, mentoring, cultural enrichment and work-study programs are additional components to the Upward Bound Program.

The NC State University Program serves 186 students annually from five high schools (Vance County High School, Louisburg High School, Bunn High School, Franklinton High School and East Wake High School). The program has been a part of the university since 1978 and has assisted hundreds of students to enroll in college and gain a college degree.