ENGINEERING DESIGN SUMMER CAMPS

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Summer Camps in 2018 for Elementary, Middle, and High School Students

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Engineering Design Summer Camps

These camps, designed for those entering 9th through 12th grade in the fall of 2017, provide exposure to real-world problem solving in a team environment and provide opportunities to learn design skills that are applicable to many fields of engineering.

A new camp has been added this year for 9th grade students!

Please be sure to check the grade levels associated with each camp, since not all camps are available for all grade levels.

What is the engineering design process?

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.

Goals and Objectives

The mission of the camp is to offer high school students an opportunity to participate in a creative challenge as they explore the world of engineering. The goal of the camp is to guide participants through a fun and rewarding hands-on experience of authentic engineering design practices. The expected outcomes of this program address the fundamentals of the engineering design process.

Schedule and Activities

A team spends the first two days brainstorming ideas, defining specifications, and selecting its best design. The team creates sketches (portfolio) and describes its designs (project plan). Once the design is approved, the team builds the apparatus from its drawings and specifications. On Friday it assesses the performance of its design.

SolidWorks™     Grades Fall 2017

Session I*

When: June 19-23, 2017 (Monday-Friday) • 9:00am - 4:00pm

Where: Colorado School of Mines campus • Golden, Colorado

Maximum students: 25

Fee: $450.00

Instructor: Dedi Sadagori Learn more...

Dedi Sadagori has a complete academic background in engineering, finance, and economics. He has been an adjunct faculty member at the Colorado School of Mines since 2006 teaching Computer Aided Design (CAD) with SolidWorks™ in the Design EPICS program. Starting in 2015, he has been responsible for SolidWorks™ field session in the Mechanical Engineering Department at the College of Engineering and Computational Science. As of the end of 2016, more than 2000 students have been certified in SolidWorks™ (at the associate and professional level) under his instruction. Mr. Sadagori is passionate about teaching students at all levels.

Session II*

When: June 26-30, 2017 (Monday-Friday) • 9:00am - 4:00pm

Where: Colorado School of Mines campus • Golden, Colorado

Maximum students: 25

Fee: $450.00

Instructor: Dedi Sadagori Learn more...

Dedi Sadagori has a complete academic background in engineering, finance, and economics. He has been an adjunct faculty member at the Colorado School of Mines since 2006 teaching Computer Aided Design (CAD) with SolidWorks™ in the Design EPICS program. Starting in 2015, he has been responsible for SolidWorks™ field session in the Mechanical Engineering Department at the College of Engineering and Computational Science. As of the end of 2016, more than 2000 students have been certified in SolidWorks™ (at the associate and professional level) under his instruction. Mr. Sadagori is passionate about teaching students at all levels.

* Session I and Session II are the same camp, but offered at different times.

This camp will introduce a tool to build parametric models of parts and assemblies, and how to make drawings of those parts and assemblies. Students will learn with a computer-based tool, through a software program called SolidWorks™ by Dassault Systems; which allows for creative modelling and visualization. SolidWorks™ is an integral part of engineering design and/or problem solving. Students who are interested in science, technology, engineering, and math will enjoy this course, because it will guide them to support and improve their 3D design skills and make their conceptual ideas come to life. The software is very versatile and fun to use, students will be excited by the challenges they are given. The opportunity to become a Certified SolidWorks Associate (CSWA) will also be given; this is an industry known certification that provides leverage.

Rube Goldberg Challenge     Grades Fall 2017

When: June 26-30, 2017 (Monday-Thursday) • 9:00am - 4:00pm; (Friday) • 9:00am - 12:00pm

Where: Colorado School of Mines campus • Golden, Colorado

Maximum students: 25

Fee: $450.00

Instructor: Dr. Robert Knecht Learn more...

As an Emeritus Professor of Engineering Design, Dr. Knecht focuses his academic time on developing curricula for STEM/STEAM programs. Although his activities emphasize advising and coaching teachers and mentors, he brings his passion for teaching to his summer camps in the greater Denver area. He served for several years as Director for Design (EPICS), where he developed the project-based engineering design curriculum incorporating projects from industry. His experience as an engineer and designer for various engineering companies created the opportunity to hone his knowledge of the engineering design process, computational modeling, and economic evaluation.

Rube Goldberg combined concepts of function and form to build complex gadgets that perform simple tasks. His products frequently involved multiple tasks integrating chain reactions and balance. His "self-operating napkin," triggered by a person raising a spoon to his/her mouth, required 13 steps (functions) to wipe the person's chin. Through his designs, I challenge your team to design and build the most creative and complex product to perform a simple task.

The Golden Gate Bridge Challenge     Grades Fall 2017

When: July 17-21, 2017 (Monday-Thursday) • 9:00am - 4:00pm; (Friday) • 9:00am - 12:00pm

Where: Colorado School of Mines campus • Golden, Colorado

Maximum students: 25

Fee: $450.00

Instructor: Dr. Robert Knecht Learn more...

As an Emeritus Professor of Engineering Design, Dr. Knecht focuses his academic time on developing curricula for STEM/STEAM programs. Although his activities emphasize advising and coaching teachers and mentors, he brings his passion for teaching to his summer camps in the greater Denver area. He served for several years as Director for Design (EPICS), where he developed the project-based engineering design curriculum incorporating projects from industry. His experience as an engineer and designer for various engineering companies created the opportunity to hone his knowledge of the engineering design process, computational modeling, and economic evaluation.

The Golden Gate Bridge Design provides teams a classic engineering project. Performance will be evaluated primarily based on its ability to support a load. The load will be applied to the center of the bridge deck until the bridge fails or reaches a deflection of 0.25in. Several other factors will also be evaluated including strategy, resource utilization, and aesthetics. I challenge your team to design and build a prototype for a creative bridge to support a maximum load applied to the center of the bridge deck.

Henry T. Ford Vehicle Challenge     Grade Fall 2017

When: July 10-14, 2017 (Monday-Thursday) • 9:00am - 4:00pm; (Friday) • 9:00am - 12:00pm

Where: Colorado School of Mines campus • Golden, Colorado

Maximum students: 25

Fee: $450.00

Instructor: Dr. Robert Knecht Learn more...

As an Emeritus Professor of Engineering Design, Dr. Knecht focuses his academic time on developing curricula for STEM/STEAM programs. Although his activities emphasize advising and coaching teachers and mentors, he brings his passion for teaching to his summer camps in the greater Denver area. He served for several years as Director for Design (EPICS), where he developed the project-based engineering design curriculum incorporating projects from industry. His experience as an engineer and designer for various engineering companies created the opportunity to hone his knowledge of the engineering design process, computational modeling, and economic evaluation.

The Henry T. Ford Vehicle Challenge creates a classic engineering problem. The project focuses on the concepts of force, energy, and power. Teams need to use basic fundamentals of physics, chemistry and mathematics to identify alternative systems that convert potential energy into kinetic energy. The performance of the vehicle will be based on distance, accuracy and precision. I challenge your team to design and construct a vehicle to accelerate down a ramp and come to a complete stop. As part of the requirement, your team needs to demonstrate the vehicle is safe. Therefore the team must build a vehicle that protects an egg as the vehicle crashes into a wall.

Camps may be cancelled if a minimum number of registrations is not reached.

Prerequisites

To participate in the summer 2017 camps, students must be entering the grades indicated for each camp in the fall of 2017.

Lodging and accommodations

On-campus lodging is not available. Click here for a list of accommodations in the area.

Cancellation Policy

If you cancel your enrollment prior to May 11, 2017, your registration fee minus $50 for each camp canceled will be refunded. If you cancel your enrollment after May 11, 2017 but at least two weeks (fourteen days) prior to the start of each camp, your registration fee minus $100 for each camp canceled will be refunded. No refund will be given for cancellations within two weeks prior to the start of each camp.

No partial refunds will be given because of absences, no-shows, or other reasons for not attending the complete camp session.

More information

For more information about Engineering Design Camp activities and expectations, please contact:

Teacher Enhancement Program
Colorado School of Mines
Phone: 303.279.3855
Email: te@mines.edu

Registration

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