July 10, 2014, BY Paula Cogan Myers

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Seventy-three high school students from Pennsylvania, New York, New England and the mid-Atlantic region converged on Bucknell's campus this week to take part in a three-day program called Shaping Your World.  

Designed to give rising high school seniors a prelude to what it's like to be a Bucknell student, the program allows participants to live on campus, take classes with faculty, interact with student mentors and work on a collaborative project.  

Students discussed the role social media plays in transforming our society — from the perspective of mathematics, East Asian studies, theater and dance, political science, biology, engineering and management.

They discussed questions of privacy with management professor Eric Santanen; learned from theatre and dance professor Anjalee Hutchinson ways to deliver, in person, the personas they create online; and participated in Vigeant's session on social engineering design — all while integrating their learning and sharing their work with each other.

"Faculty take one idea and consider it through the lens of each of our disciplines," explained Associate Dean of Engineering Margot Vigeant. "The students did a terrific job. They shared some very insightful observations during their final presentations."