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The plants can grow slowly or be wilted as well, but the prob- lem is improper pollination along with dry soil and low fertilizer. Discard the cucumbers. Have you had holes chewed in leaves, stalks, and stems? Look and see if you have a cucumber beetle. These are yellow/green beetles with black stripes or spots. These cucumber beetles can carry two diseases: mosaic and bacte- rial wilt. If you do not clean your debris or weeds away, the beetles can survive the winter within it. In the spring the beetles are feed- ing on other plants until you plant the cucumber. It then attacks the plant by feeding on leaves and stems. They will lay their eggs at the base of plants. Hatchlings and the white grubs will eat the roots and stems. The white grubs will feed for several weeks then pupate in the soil emerging as adults, and the process starts over again. Treat plants with insecticide for cucum- ber beetles. Read and follow direc- tions, repeating weekly. These are a few of the cucum- ber problems you may encounter this summer. For further informa- tion contact the Extension office at (320) 693-5275 OR (877)993-5275, or e-mail <mnext-meeker@urnn. edu>. Local girls get taste of science Free engineering camp celebrates 10 years of giving local girls a taste of science This summer, STEPS (Science, Technology and Engineering Pre- view Summer camp for girls) cele- brates its 10th year at the University of St. Thomas. Girls from this area: Grace Kopitzke and Delaine Zongo, both of Kimball, participated in the camp. About 200 girls participate in the free camp each summer, or about 40 in each of the five week-long ses- sions. By the end of the final session on July 30, more than 1,600 girls will have participated in the camps since the program came to St. Thomas in 2000. Dr. Kaye Smith, the School of Engineering's 3M Chair Fellow and a former 3M research engi- neer, is the STEPS project direc- tor and has two children in their early teens. She emphasizes that for girls, the year after sixth grade is "the year they grow up" and marks a "big transition" in their intellectual development. The program director, Kelly McLaughlin, says that for girls ages 11-12, "Not only do the girls learn about science and engineering with all the hands-on classes, but camp is still fun." "Our goal is to have them walk away from STEPS feeling empowered to take on challenges in their lives. Also, to take higher-level science and math classes if they think they might want t0 be engi- neers someday." The girls attending the St. Thomas program this summer live on campus and take classes in plastics, electricity, machining, computer-aided design, assem- bly, Web design, chemistry, phys- ics, engineering and robotics. There even is a "MacGyver" course, taught three times on Monday mornings, in which the campers create explo- sions using dry ice. Campers in the advanced camp June 21-25 created rockets from start to finish using soda bottles and filling them with water. Bike pumps were used to create pres- sure within the bottles, propelling them skyward. Girls in this camp, which has a focus on sustainabil- ity, are entering 9th grade and have already completed the basic STEPS program. Girls in the basic steps camp, which began June 28 and continue through July 30, create airplanes 'from start to finish: using a hot-wire saw, they cut wings from sturdy Sty- rofoam; assemble the fuselage; cut, bend and install aluminum parts for the rudder and elevators; ther- moform the canopy; and finally decorate and cover the plane's exte- rior. They also log computer time with a flight simulator to become famil- .iar with the remote-control devices they'll use to fly their planes. Their work is put to .the test on Wednesday evenings, also called "fly nights," when the girls head south to Eosemount where the planes are fitted with gas engines and flown with the help of volun- teers from the Tri-Valley Radio Con- trol Flyers. The courses have a focus on sus- tainability, says Smith, and 95 per- cent of the classes are taught by paid Twin Cities teachers; however some industry experts also are in the mix, one of whom works devel- Oping wind farms. Sponsors of this year's camp are the Medtronic Foundation. Lock- heed Martin, 3M Foundation, Xcel Energy, Society of Manufacturing Engineers Education Foundation, Institute of Electrical and Elec- tronics Engineers, Peregrine Cap- itai Management, Pentair Foun- dation, Tri-Valley Radio Control Flyers, Ecolab, Emerson Process Management Rosemount and the St. Thomas School of Engineering. More information about the program can be found on the Web at: <www.stthomas.edu/ engineeringSTEPS>. 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