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UMass Lowell receives grant to promote engineering

By From Mass High Tech

The University of Massachusetts Lowell has won a $130,000 grant to support after-school engineering programs.

The 18-month grant is sponsored by the California-based Noyce Foundation. University officials say grant funds, expected to be administered by ULowell's Francis College of Engineering K-12 outreach program, would help support the development of invention workshops' course materials and curriculum.

The workshops are designed to promote problem-solving skills, creative thinking and spark student interest in science and technology.

An additional $95,000 in private donations are expected to be used for the project. Doug Prime serves as the outreach program director.

UMass Lowell enrolls 8,000 students and receives $25.1 million in research funding annually. The university offers 120 degree programs in the colleges of Arts and Sciences, Engineering and Management, the School of Health and Environment, and the Graduate School of Education.