The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia


April 6, 2014

WVU hosting summer engineering camp series

For the third year, West Virginia University’s Benjamin M. Statler College of Engineering and Mineral Resources will host a series of summer camps as part of its outreach program.

The six Engineering Challenge camps will take place in July and will feature four week-long camps for high school and middle school students and a week of half-day camps for elementary school students.

High school campers have the option to stay overnight in a WVU residence hall and will have evening activities led by the camp counselors, who are WVU engineering students. The middle school camp is one whole week of day camps and the elementary camps are individual day camps.

“The Engineering Challenge summer camps allow younger students to explore and teaches them what engineering opportunities are available,” said Cate Schlobohm, outreach coordinator for the Statler College.

For curriculum, fee information and to register, visit www.statler. Space is limited.

July 6-11 will be an all-female camp, “Growing Roots in STEM.” Though the camp will be engineering-based, it will also focus on science, technology, engineering and math education and careers. Campers will meet and work alongside successful female faculty members and alumnae throughout the camp.

“Exploration Camp” will take place July 7-11. This is a day camp for middle school students that will explore the final frontiers. Campers will learn how engineering helps solve the mysteries of the universe as well as how space shuttles and submarines work.

July 13-18 will be a co-ed high school camp focused on sustainability. Each day, campers will face a different energy or sustainability problem that they will work together to solve. Campers will engineer different contraptions for sustainable living such as solar pizza ovens, human energy-powered blenders and windmills.

“Engineering in Action,” scheduled for July 20-25, is the second co-ed high school camp. This camp is for students who like sports and action, as campers will be exploring the science behind sports throughout the week. Campers will investigate the engineering behind building a zip line and other sports equipment, and tackle new challenges together.

During the week of July 28-Aug. 1, elementary-age students can participate in five differently themed half-day camps. First through third grade students will go to camp from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., while fourth and fifth graders will attend camp from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.

Themes for the week include “Up, Up and Away,” where campers will discover the wonders of aerospace engineering; “re-Action,” which is focused on the fun of chemical engineering; and “Move It, Move It,” when campers will learn how mechanical engineering makes things work.

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