Mr. Ray Appleby (Manager, Pilot Operations) and myself made the trip to Warrensburg for the fourth year in a row to recruit at the DEC camps that are held there each summer. The camps consist of high school students aged 15-17 from all around New York State. A total of eight weeks of camps are held with each group of 50 students at camp for a week. We will be presenting at two camps this year.
The camps are held at the Pack Demonstration Forest, one of the properties owned by SUNY-ESF. The college leases the camp facilities to the DEC for the summer in order to hold the camps.
We gave a presentation called "Engineering, Physics, and Chemistry: The Secrets of Money," which discusses the various techniques of papermaking, chemistry, and printing used in producing our currency to prevent counterfeiting. The presentation also provides information about the college and particularly the programs in Paper and Bioprocess Engineering while entertaining the students with a variety of demonstrations of chemistry, engineering, and physics (Yes, we do set off a small explosion). We leave the students with material about our programs and college.
We are feel this to be an effective recruiting tool as we are able to reach high school students all over the state at one time and have had students visit ESF as a result of this presentation.