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Buffalo-area Engineering Awareness for Minorities (BEAM) is offering free programs this summer to prepare students for future engineering careers.

Seventh through 11th grade students can apply for the programs.

BEAM is a non-profit organization that prepares inner city, minority, female and under-represented students for careers in science, engineering, and technology. This summer, volunteer teachers and representatives from industry, education, government, professional and community groups will teach math, science, engineering, technology, literacy, architecture, robotics and more through hands-on projects combined with current curriculum.

The programs, which are three to four weeks, five days per week, begin July 7. Each program and location is specific to grade levels and will be offered at the following: Daemen College, Buffalo State College, Canisius College and the University at Buffalo.

A one-week program for girls only will take place July 21-25 at Erie Community College.

Student applications, accompanied by current report cards, must be submitted by Saturday.