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Bell Helicopter Supports Future Engineers at Annual WTAMU Camp

June 2, 2017

CONTACT:    J. Rich Sparks, 806-651-2663, jsparks@wtamu.edu     
                      Megan Reed, Bell Helicopter, mreed@bh.com

Bell Helicopter Supports Future Engineers at Annual WTAMU Camp

UPDATE: Bell Helicopter will be landing an aircraft at Buffalo Sports Park, Grand Lawn before the Thursday night event and taking off after the speaker's presentation.

CANYON, Texas—West Texas A&M University’s School of Engineering, Computer Science and Mathematics will host 240 K-12th grade students at its 8th annual Engineering Summer Camp June 4-9 on campus. This year’s camp, sponsored by Bell Helicopter in a unique collaboration with WTAMU and the Panhandle-Plains Historical Museum, is focusing on Power in the Panhandle.

“As summer camps have become more expensive for families, we have really tried to keep our costs low and provide an engaging, hands-on engineering camp,” Dr. Emily Hunt, dean of the School of Engineering, Computer Science and Mathematics, said. “We don’t want the cost of camp to prohibit the attendance of creative children who have a potential for innovation. The support from Bell Helicopter is truly an investment in the future engineering talent. We sincerely express our gratitude for this generous gift that allows all kids to come to engineering camp,”

This year’s campers represent 20 different Panhandle counties as well the states of Colorado, New York, New Mexico and Oklahoma. They will participate in a weeks worth of hands-on engineering activities administered by WTAMU faculty and local industry experts.

“As one of the industry partners in the Panhandle that requires technical expertise to sustain and grow our business operations, Bell Helicopter is strongly committed to investing in future engineers,” Shannon Massey, vice president of assembly operations for Bell Helicopter, said. “Our business was started with innovation, bringing ideas to reality, requiring the need of advanced problem solvers, and we are proud that WTAMU School of Engineering is providing the resources to continue this innovative future workforce.”

Bell Helicopter’s support of the WTAMU School of Engineering, Computer Science and Mathematics has provided a high-tech engineering laboratory, scholarships, a professorship and other special projects such as the summer Engineering Camp.

“Bell has a long history with the Amarillo area and will continue to be a big advocate for any educational institution that is willing to provide higher education for our local community,” Massey said. “It is important that we create a workforce for our community within our community.”

Massey will speak to the campers and their families at a special event at 6 p.m. Thursday, June 8 at the University’s Buffalo Sports Park, Grand Lawn.



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