Mid-Coast School Notebook: Aug. 3

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Patten Free Library opens teen writing contest

Patten Free Library is inviting submissions for its sixth annual teen writing contest, “Write On!” Any student in grades seven through 12 residing in the library service area or attending schools in Regional School Unit 1 may submit up to two pieces of original work in the categories of short fiction and memoir.

“It’s such a great opportunity for local students to gain recognition for their talents, because the competition is only open to local students,” said Roberta Jordan, outreach and instruction librarian.

First and second prizes will be awarded in each category for those in grades seven to nine and 10-12. First-prize winners will earn a $100 gift certificate, and second prizes winners will win $50 gift certificates. Submissions will be accepted until Nov. 19; all entries will be judged by a panel of library staff, trustees, local educators, and teen library council members.

Winners will be announced in early December followed by a recognition ceremony in January. For the first time this year, winning writers will have the opportunity to read their work for a library podcast. Submission guidelines can be obtained through the library website or by contacting Jordan at 443-5141, ext. 25, or rjordan@patten.lib.me.us.

Region 10 Tech leads the way with pre-engineering program

Region 10 Technical High School is offering a new pre-engineering program called “Project Lead the Way: Introduction to Engineering Design” beginning this fall.

Project Lead The Way students can expect a rigorous, challenging and highly engaging combination of applied, hands-on learning and academic study. Examples of units in the Introduction to Engineering Design Program include Modeling Skills, Reverse Engineering, Advanced Computer Modeling, and Design Challenges, which have students apply what they have learned to real-life engineering scenarios.

PLTW is a nationally recognized nonprofit organization created by engineers and educators to create highly engaging and effective pathways for students interested in STEM careers and/or related post-secondary education. Through established, active partnerships with engineering departments at schools such as Purdue, Duke, and RIT, PLTW students often enjoy significant advantages in college acceptance, advanced placement and course substitution consideration, scholarship awards, and career placement.

Students interested in applying for the PLTW Introduction to Engineering Design at Region 10 Tech in Brunswick should email Nancy Weed at weed@r10tech.org and contact their guidance counselors at the beginning of the school year. The program is open to students in the ninth through 12th grades. To be eligible, students must meet general criteria for acceptance into Region 10 Tech programs.