TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (WTWO/WAWV) — If your child is interested in pursuing a career in STEM they can experience what it’s like to be an engineer with a fun event next month.

Rose-Hulman is inviting middle and high school students to an event called SPARK (Student Projects Advocating Resourceful Knowledge) on April 1 from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. at Rose Hulman’s Sports and Recreation Center. This year’s event theme is “The Amazing Race.” 

The event gives students who are interested in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) the opportunity to design a robot that navigates through an obstacle course. The teams will be judged based on creative and technical designs determined by student and professional judges with the winning team getting prizes. 

“We want to introduce youths to STEM and show them that it’s fun and exciting. The earlier we can make that introduction, the better for them to become the engineers, scientists, and mathematicians that are needed for the future,” said event student co-organizer Michael Olabintan, a sophomore software engineering student. 

Student organizers say they want to show the students what it means to be an engineer. Not only will the event give young people a closer look at engineering, but it will also show them the support they’ll receive along the way.

“It’s more like we want to introduce them to concepts that a lot of people are told, ‘oh that’s very difficult’ or ‘you shouldn’t try to do that yet’. So, it’s like, ‘oh you should try to do it now,’ because you have all the resources available and it’s going to be fun, and it’s not for a grade,” said Yue-Shan Lam, senior Rose-BUD Intern.

Rose-Hulman’s Building Undergraduate Diversity, or Rose-BUD program is helping organize this event. Rose-BUD’s mission is to get more women and under-represented groups involved in STEM.

For those that want to participate, register online by March 20th.