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|Dr. Skip's Corner: K-12 Teaching Adventures @ OSU Engineering|
ENGINEERING your summer of FUN!
Dr. Skip Rochefort
Spring is in the air and that means just one thing….summer is just around the corner! This is the time of year when kids start asking their parents, “What am I going to do all summer?” OSU and the College of Engineering have just the answer for you…..send your child to one of the many engineering and science camps offered at OSU……and at such a DEAL! These camps are geared towards helping the kids have a holistic summer experience, where both mind and body are relaxed and expanded. Just like when we get out of shape when we don’t exercise for three months, imagine how your children’s minds get after not “thinking” for three months! These camps provide mind expanding opportunities for the kids by exposing them to some of the outstanding facilities available in the OSU College of Engineering and to the whole experience of college itself. All in a relaxed, friendly, and non-intimidating environment that focuses on the fun and excitement of engineering and science!
The following section lists those programs that deal with primarily with engineering and science and have some affiliation with the College of Engineering. A complete list of all the OSU summer K-12 Precollege Programs can be found at http://oregonstate.edu/precollege where the Summer Programs Brochure can be downloaded in both English and Spanish.
OSU for Youth 2006 – Summer Camps on the OSU Campus
SESEY is primarily for high school girls and ethnic minorities traditionally underrepresented in science and engineering, and for science, math, or physics teachers who are interested in developing curricular materials to promote engineering activities in their classrooms.
Students come to the OSU campus for a one-week residential summer camp and are paired with a faculty mentor in engineering for a mini-research project in areas such as micro scale technologies, plastics recycling, drug formulation and delivery, bioprocessing, microelectronics, and environmental engineering. There are also group learning activities such as computer instruction, communication skills, field trips and social activities. Students are exposed to science and engineering as viable and interesting career paths. Career counseling is provided by faculty mentors and OSU graduate/undergraduate students who work with the students throughout the week as research project advisors and friends. Students live in OSU housing, so they receive a complete college experience. The main goal for science teachers during the week is the development of engineering modules, which they create with a faculty mentor and take back to their high schools to present in science classes.
Fee: $150 for the week (includes room and board, field trips, materials, and instruction) due after acceptance into the program. Students are responsible for getting to and from OSU. Scholarships are available so no student will be excluded because of financial constraints.
Application postmark deadline: June 9; notification by June 16, 2006
Saturday Academy Middle School Engineering Camp (E-Camp)
Saturday Academy Middle School Lego Robotics for Girls and Boys
Saturday Academy Middle School Science Camp
Saturday Academy Middle School Computer Workshops
Adventures in Learning
Outside the Box
Students may select topics to expand current interests, or may investigate new areas. Whether they choose to explore the world of energy in an OSU physics lab, perform chemistry experiments in an OSU chemistry lab, design and construct their own inhabitable structure, or learn computer programming, meeting and interacting with others who share their same interests is guaranteed. The program’s offerings emphasize discovery, challenge, and excitement in the learning process.
For ten days in the summer program participants are introduced to OSU classrooms, labs, and facilities with courses taught by OSU faculty and graduate students, as well as community professionals. OSU is the perfect setting to share with these college-bound girls and boys what this university has to offer as they consider college choices, explore possible career options, and be exposed to the educational expectations that accompany those endeavors.
Fees: $400 tuition for full day; half-day option available Application deadline: April 4
SKIES- Spirited Kids In Engineering and Science
Latino Olympic Summer Camp 4-H OSU