The K-12 Student Outreach Program offers various science, mathematics, and technology-content-based courses for students in kindergarten through 12th grade.
Summer Camp schedules for Summer 2015 are not available at this time.
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Current Student Programs
- Elementary School :: Engineering Academies for Young Minds
The Colorado School of Mines K-12 Student Outreach Program is pleased to announce four new summer camps, for students entering grades 3-5, that will challenge them to solve problems using the Engineering Design Process. Children are born engineers, fascinated with building and taking things apart to see how they work. These new camps will encourage them to be innovative and use creative problem-solving by engaging them in fun, hands-on activities.
- Middle School :: Discover STEM Camp
Discover STEM is a week-long summer camp held on-campus at Colorado School of Mines. Designed to introduce middle school students, grades 6-8, to science, technology, engineering and mathematical concepts, its goal is to create an environment where students have fun while learning new skills. More information is available on the Colorado School of Mines Trefny Institute for Educational Innovation website, http://inside.mines.edu/CASTEM-Discover.
To participate in the summer 2015 camps, students must be entering 6th, 7th or 8th grade in the fall of 2015.
- High School :: Engineering Design Summer Camps
On the cutting edge of design curricula, the EPICS Program at Colorado School of Mines (Engineering Practices Introductory Course Sequence) invites high school students to attend a weeklong summer camp on the Mines campus in Golden, Colorado. The objective of the camp is to guide participants through a fun and rewarding hands-on experience of authentic engineering design practices.
How will high school students experience this process?
Participants will follow a condensed form of a management sequence for engineering design. They will spend two days creating a conceptual design for a specific device. Guidance will focus on the visualization, team formation and project documentation to demonstrate the feasibility of their devices. This phase will culminate with a management design review to sign off on their drawings. For the next two days, they will create, model, and refine their device prior to building a test prototype to compete in the challenge. Following construction, they will undergo a readiness review to assure their device meets project specifications. On the final day, teams will compete in oral and marketing presentations as part of the final exhibition of the team’s product. The product will conclude with a ceremony celebrating the successes of all participants.
What is the value of such an experience?
Engineering Design is a means to solving open-ended problems. It is a life skill that can be applied to many other situations – not just the technical world of engineering. Students will be challenged to invent, to create, to design, and to build. They will experience the satisfaction of an exciting activity, resulting in their very own unique product. They will learn to listen to and to respect the ideas of their teammates. And most of all, they will learn the confidence to resolve their own open-ended problems, and the ability to apply engineering concepts to them.
Students must have completed 9th grade in order to participate in the Engineering Design Summer Camp.