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WSU College of Engineering Summer Camps

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Can kids be engineers? Can they work on a team to design, create, and build? That’s exactly what happens at Wichita State University’s College of Engineering summer camps! Since 2007, over 600 students in grades 4-8 have attended summer camps and participated in hands-on activities including:

  • Designing and programming video games (Gamemaker 2009 - 2011)
  • Building a rocket based on a 3D model they designed on a computer (Gateway, 2010)
  • Designing and building wind turbines (Bioengineering 2009; Sustainability, 2010)
  • Using a microcontroller to make things move, beep and chirp based on light, sound, or proximity (Mechanics and Microcontrollers, 2010-2011)
  • Using a wheel chair to complete WSU campus “scavenger hunts” (Bioengineering, 2008, 2009)
  • Designing, building, programming and testing LEGO Robots to complete a series of challenges (Engineering with LEGO Robotics 2008 - 2011)
  • Constructing a ball-and-socket or hinge joint (Bioengineering, 2009)
  • Building a protective container and competing in a bungee egg drop competition (STEP Camp 2009, 2010)
  • Designing and building roller coasters (STEP Camp 2009, 2010)

"To increase the number of high school students choosing engineering as a major, maintaining interest in science and technology is key," said Lawrence Whitman, Director of Engineering Education for the College of Engineering.

Camps are typically full-day camps, 9:00am-4:00pm; or half-day camps with morning and afternoon options. Camp information is posted in November for the following summer. Registration opens in March and most camps fill up quickly!

To get more information about current offerings for College of Engineering summer camps, go to www.wichita.edu/engineeringcamps.