TTU Governor's Schools host students through June

Summer break will be all about writing business plans, exploring nanotechnology, helping tornado victims and soap box derby racers for dozens of high school students from across the state attending two Governor's Schools beginning next week at Tennessee Tech University.

The Governor's School for Information Technology Leadership and the Governor's School for Emerging Technologies, which run from the last week in May until late June, will host about 80 students in the 10th and 11th grades who will participate in challenging and high intensity programs.

As well as earning six hours of college credit, participants will take part in community service activities. One group will travel to Macon County with other TTU volunteers to help with tornado recovery efforts, and another group will help community children pull off the annual soapbox derby race held near campus.

The Governor's School for Information Technology groups students into teams that produce and present a complete business plan, complete with analysis of marketing issues (competition, target markets, demand estimation, pricing and sales), financial management (start-up capital, cash flow, financial statements), operational management (inventory control, process control, order fulfillment), and human resource management.

The Governor's School for Emerging Technologies is designed to stimulate interest in science, technology, engineering and mathematics through study of current topics in biotechnology, nanotechnology, information technology, and other emerging technologies. Students visit leading researchers and experience cutting-edge research facilities through weekly field trips.

These two schools are part of the State of Tennessee's 12 summer programs for gifted and talented high school students.

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