Power Mountain Engineering is a bridging experience between high-school academics and postsecondary studies at either a university or community college. Our purpose is to teach the technical and people skills your student will need to succeed in higher education and the career that follows. More importantly, our volunteers dispense first-hand advice on what to expect along the road to a STEM degree.
Is This Your Student?
We benefit students with a variety of personal interests and attitudes toward school. Do any of these traits sound familiar?
Not College Bound – My student is not interested in college but can fix or build just about anything. Is PME a good fit?
Beautiful Dreamer – I have a passionate student who dreams about science projects but does little to learn more about them. No one in our family knows much about science. Can PME help?
Double Dipper – Can my student get high school STEM credit for participating in a PME project?
Socially Awkward (Nerd Factor) – My student is very smart and interested in technology but struggles socially and is uncomfortable working in groups. How can PME help?
Constant Doer – I have a talented do-everything student who is already involved in too many afterschool activities. PME sounds like a great career-building opportunity but carries a huge time commitment. Do you have any short-term projects?
Intern in the Making – My student is obsessed with college. He/she takes all the AP classes, is stressed-out over grades, and gets into every afterschool program that looks good on a resume. Does PME offer college leverage?
Robots all the Time – The only technology my student likes is robots. Should I be concerned about this narrow interest?
Our multidisciplinary projects appeal to a wide range of interests and our lessons on life are for everyone – be on time, work hard, respect others, show gratitude, be dependable, have integrity, and stand tall for your beliefs.
What Does All This Cost?
Producing a single project costs roughly $12,000 and that includes materials, insurance, and school facility rental. Power Mountain is an all-volunteer operation, so there are no labor charges. The minimum team size is 10 students, so the maximum per-family cost is $1,200.
Our goal is to significantly reduce that cost through community donations and scholarships. The net participation price depends upon how much money is raised.
How to Find Out More
It’s easy! Sign up for our Newsletter to remain fully informed on…
- Upcoming events, such as fundraising activities and public demos.
- New projects added to our growing collection
- Date and time for our fall-semester Kickoff meeting at Poudre Valley REA
Follow us on Facebook and don’t miss our Blog publications to read brief articles about college life, career opportunities, engineering ethics, and other thought-provoking topics. Students may also visit the project pages and vote for their favorite projects among those offered.
How to Sign Up
If your son or daughter is really interested in Power Mountain Engineering, please have them fill out the Student Interest Form. Their information will remain in strict confidence. Completing the form is the first step toward project participation but without obligation.
Your family and friends will be invited to our Kickoff meeting in the Community Room at Poudre Valley REA, where PME representatives will describe the program, fundraising activities, participation costs, schedule and projects available for the upcoming school year. The meeting takes place the third week in September. A specific day and time will be published in the Newsletter. REA’s address and map are in the Contact section of this website.
When the time comes, fees can be paid on line by filling out and submitting the Parent Fee Payments form. In addition to fees, participating students and parents are required to sign and return the Waiver of Liability and Release and Terms of Participation forms. Both files are attached below and must be collected before the projects commence in October.
A Special Message for Parents of a Future Engineer
Students know that studying engineering in college is difficult so they prepare themselves with AP classes in science and math. Unfortunately, most high school students have only a vague idea of what professional engineers do and no idea of what to expect from the engineering curriculum. As a result, 50% of entering freshmen become disillusioned and drop out around their sophomore year. At Power Mountain, we place high school students with working engineers and engineering students to clarify the college path ahead and describe what work will be like as a new engineer. We help students make the best career choice for college BEFORE you spend a fortune in tuition on an ill-fated course of study.