ENGINEERING DESIGN SUMMER CAMPS

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

We anticipate these camps being available in the Summer of 2018:

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Engineering Design Summer Camps

Registration opens in March 2018

These camps, designed for those entering 9th through 12th grade in the fall of 2018, 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.

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.

Robot Vehicle     Grade Fall 2018

When: July 16-20, 2018 (Monday-Thursday) • 9:00am - 4:00pm; (Friday) • 9:00am - 12:00pm

Where: Colorado School of Mines campus • Golden, Colorado

Maximum students: 25

Fee: $465.00

Instructor: Dr. Robert Knecht, Colorado School of MinesLearn more...

Dr. Robert Knecht, CSM Emeritus Professor of Engineering Design, 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 Robot Vehicle Challenge creates an opportunity to explore robotics for the beginner. The camp engages students in robotic operations through the performance of the robot. Robot movement relies on motor control focusing on robot construction. Motor controls dictate the movement of the robot and sensors provide tools to avoid objects. The combination of motor and sensor controls emphasizes the functions required to avoid an object. Students work in teams to take on a series of challenges to demonstrate proficiency and to achieve recognition as Master Lego Operators. Participants in the camp should be new to robotics and have no exposure to the construction and operations of a robot. We challenge your team to design and construct a robot to demonstrate applications of robots. Teams use basic concepts of physics and mathematics to create a simple robot system. The project focuses on the force and energy required to operate a robot. Using the application of sensors the team creates a platform (environment). The platform provides a stage to illustrate the operation of all components of the robot. Your performance will be based on the team's ability to successfully operate its robot.

  • Robust robot construction
  • Efficient operating program
  • Effective performance strategy
  • Engaging environment
  • Entertaining presentation

SolidWorks™     Grades Fall 2018

Session I*

When: June 25-29, 2018 (Monday-Friday) • 9:00am - 4:00pm

Where: Colorado School of Mines campus • Golden, Colorado

Maximum students: 25

Fee: $450.00

Instructor: Dedi Sadagori, Colorado School of MinesLearn 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: July 30 - August 3, 2018 (Monday-Friday) • 9:00am - 4:00pm

Where: Colorado School of Mines campus • Golden, Colorado

Maximum students: 25

Fee: $450.00

Instructor: Dedi Sadagori, Colorado School of MinesLearn 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.

Playground Project     Grades Fall 2018

When: June 25-29, 2018 (Monday-Thursday) • 9:00am - 4:00pm; (Friday) • 9:00am - 12:00pm

Where: Colorado School of Mines campus • Golden, Colorado

Maximum students: 25

Fee: $465.00

Instructor: Dr. Robert Knecht, Colorado School of MinesLearn more...

Dr. Robert Knecht, CSM Emeritus Professor of Engineering Design, 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.

Children gather in playgrounds to interact with the environment and with other children. The environment manages play as a means to encourage problem solving and social interactions. What an ideal environment to explore STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics)!!! The advent of new design techniques and materials has emerged in an attempt to improve safety. A new emphasis on playgrounds surfaced with the publication of the book, Playborhood. The author looks at the potential of backyard playgrounds. The goals of the project are:

  1. To design a creative playground for your neighborhood community
  2. To build a visual prototype to illustrate balance in the playground
  3. To create a story marketing the benefits of your design

Teams are encouraged to use basic concepts of science to develop a playground that encourage social interaction. Your performance will be based on the team's ability to successfully operate its robot.

  • Creativity of your design
  • Fun factor for children
  • Interaction strategy
  • Physical layout, including space for adults
  • Presentation

Robot Turning Head     Grades Fall 2018

When: August 6-10, 2018 (Monday-Thursday) • 9:00am - 4:00pm; (Friday) • 9:00am - 12:00pm

Where: Colorado School of Mines campus • Golden, Colorado

Maximum students: 25

Fee: $465.00

Instructor: Dr. Robert Knecht, Colorado School of MinesLearn more...

Dr. Robert Knecht, CSM Emeritus Professor of Engineering Design, 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.

Visualize the eyes of children as they are greeted by Leonardo's robot at the door of the da Vinci Museum. Hear the thrill of finding out the robot was built by young adults.

People forget what you said and forget what you did, but they never forget how you made them feel.

- Maya Angelou

Conventional Lego robotics provides a conceptual platform to explore non-conventional applications of robotics. Robot movement relies on motor control, focusing on robot construction and maintenance. Motor control dictates the movement of the robot, tactile sensors provide control. Operations emphasize touch and sonic sensors to control the motor functions required to turn the head. The goal of this project is to design and construct a robotic head that tracks the approach of a person and turns without human interference to look at the person. Your performance will be based on the team's ability to successfully turn the head.

  • Robust design
  • Flexibility/mobility
  • Autonomous operation
  • Pleasing aesthetics

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

Prerequisites

To participate in the summer 2018 camps, students must be entering the grades indicated for each camp in the fall of 2018.

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 15, 2018, your registration fee minus $50 for each camp canceled will be refunded. If you cancel your enrollment after May 15, 2018 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.

Registration opens in March 2018

More information

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

Teacher Enhancement Program
Colorado School of Mines
Phone: 303.384.2692
Email: te@mines.edu