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Sunday, August 2, 2015

Engineering camp builds bridges among students from India, Pakistan, Providence

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Courtesy of Manbir Sodhi

For the high school students who attended the University of Rhode Island’s four-week Building Bridges engineering camp this month, the engineering lessons and robot activities were almost secondary to the relationships they built. And that was the point of the Building camp that drew equal numbers of students from India, Pakistan and Providence to the Kingston campus in July.

Funded by the U.S. Embassy in Pakistan, the camp was part of what URI Engineering Professor Manbir Sodhi calls the “people-to-people effort” the U.S. State Department is encouraging among people from different countries.

“It’s not easy for students from India and Pakistan to get together in their own countries,” said Sodhi, the camp’s organizer. “The fact that they are doing so on...

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