The National Science Foundation has awarded a $1.7 million, four-year grant to Tennessee State University for a project that will include creation of an "engineering clinic."
The university said in a news release, students will be able to design and build products related to their discipline. The school said possibilities included hand-held computer games, mobile robots, computer apps and small machines.
The university said the grant was intended to revamp the curriculum and increase the graduation rate of African-American males in engineering.
College of Engineering Dean S. Keith Hargrove said Tennessee State has been creating an innovative learning method that will enhance student persistence and prepare them for engineering coursework.