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MFGEN hosts multicultural SOAR students for lab tours

SOAR students tour the Additive Manufacturing Lab in 2022
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High school students from across the country visited the manufacturing engineering laboratories as a part of SOAR, an on-campus college prep program run each summer by BYU's Multicultural Student Services

Each summer, multicultural students from across the United States visit BYU campus as part of SOAR, a college preparation and scholarship program focused on giving opportunities to high school students from various socioeconomic, racial, ethnic, and educational backgrounds to see BYU up close and personal.

In June and July, SOAR participants were able to tour the research laboratories of the Manufacturing Engineering program, including the new Additive Manufacturing (3D Printing) and Automation (Smart Manufacturing) Labs. Current MFGEN students demonstrated how to cast molten metal, run a robot arm, operate a high-powered CNC mill, prepare a print on a 3D printer, and more - skills that they learned in MFGEN courses and mentored research opportunities. SOAR participants were also able to ask questions and interact with faculty one-on-one as they learned about this exciting, hands-on degree.

For more information on the SOAR program at BYU, visit