Over a decade ago, the College of Engineering created the first Engineering and Computer Science Summer Camps funded by an NSF grant to introduce and expose middle school and early high school students to a variety of different engineering disciplines in order to influence the choices they might make in the future. It was a further goal of the camp to especially focus on populations, which are historically underrepresented in engineering including minorities and girls. An additional goal of the camp was also to influence teachers since they are such a crucial factor in students’ decisions about education. The camp invites classroom teachers to attend and participate in the camps along with the students thus allowing them to enjoy learning the material with the students. The desire of the summer camp program was to motivate students to prepare for and enter engineering by showing them engineering in action and having them participate in engineering activities.
Since the beginning of the camps in 1998, over 1000 students and over 50 teachers have participated in one or more camps. Former camp alumni have become students at UTA in engineering and have gone on to other universities in engineering disciplines. The overwhelming response of the campers is that UTA Engineering and Computer Science Summer Camp is fun, enriching and challenging learning experience for them.
A team of engineering professors and graduate and undergraduate students from all of UTA’s engineering departments present material from all of UTA’s engineering disciplines – aerospace, biomedical, civil, computer science, electrical, environmental, industrial, materials science, and mechanical . There are also special presentations by professors in related fields such as physics and mathematics and instruction on technical writing and presentations. The instructors provide hands-on exercises in addition to their lectures to show a sampling of the many kinds of things that engineers do. Some example topics and classroom activities have included:
Aerospace Engineering – make aerodynamic paper airplanes!
Bioengineering - watch someone get nervous
Civil Engineering – visit the road UTA has in the basement
Computer Science Engineering – what are “smart” machines?
Electrical Engineering – looking at the range from internet to iPods
Industrial and Manufacturing Systems Engineering - a demonstration with Legos?!
Material Science Engineering – look through the electron microscope at huge bugs!
Mechanical Engineering – interact with the M&M robot :)
Chemistry - set things on fire
Physics - freeze ice cream or launch toys
How do I apply?
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