ENGINEERING DESIGN SUMMER CAMPS

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Summer Camps in 2020 for Elementary, Middle, and High School Students

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Engineering Design Summer Camps

Registration opens February 17, 2020 at 10:00 AM MST!

These camps, designed for those entering 8th through 12th grade in the fall of 2020, 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.

Engineering Project Camps

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.

Rube Goldberg     Grade Fall 2020

When: July 6-10, 2020 (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, 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.

Rube Goldberg was an American cartoonist, sculptor, author, engineer, and inventor who may be best remembered for his depiction of incredibly complicated solutions for simple problems. Although his solutions may not have been practical, his presentation of the designs in cartoon form provided people the challenge of figuring out whether the "inventions" would (or would not!) really work. His products frequently involved multiple tasks integrating chain reactions and balance. This summer, we challenge your team to design and build a creative and complex device to perform a simple task. The project will require creativity to generate, process, store, and distribute energy. To document your device, the team will present its unique design through both a demonstration and a 1-minute story on the final day.

Throwing Machine     Grades Fall 2020

When: July 27-31, 2020 (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, 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.

Throwing machines have engaged human cultures since our early ancestors used slings to kill for food. These machines fill history books with stories of engineering achievements and conquests. This camp experience offers an opportunity to participate in a hands-on project-based design experience. The project will explore trajectory fundamentals using different types of machines, trebuchets, catapults, and hybrids. The goal of this project is to develop and construct a device for throwing marshmallows and hard plastic balls at a defined target. Each team will focus on demonstrating accuracy and precision as well as distance.

Turning Head     Grades Fall 2020

When: August 3-7, 2020 (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, 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.

Conventional Lego robotics will provide the conceptual platform to explore the non-conventional application of robotics. Robot movement relies on sensor-motor control, operations employ touch, sonic sensors control the motor functions required to turn the head, and motor control dictates the movement of the robot. 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. We encourage you to consider the advantages of using gears to improve the speed of the movement. To document your turning head, the team presents its unique design through both a demonstration and a 1-minute story on the final day.

Engineering Design and Modeling Camps

SolidWorks™     Grades Fall 2020

Session I*

When: June 8-12, 2020 (Monday-Friday) • 9:00am - 4:00pm

Where: Colorado School of Mines campus • Golden, Colorado

Maximum students: 25

Fee: $470.00

Instructor: Dedi Sadagori, Colorado School of MinesLearn more...

Dedi Sadagori has an 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 and has been responsible for the SolidWorks field session in the Mechanical Engineering Department at the College of Engineering and Computational Science. More than 3,000 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 22-26, 2020 (Monday-Friday) • 9:00am - 4:00pm

Where: Colorado School of Mines campus • Golden, Colorado

Maximum students: 25

Fee: $470.00

Instructor: Dedi Sadagori, Colorado School of MinesLearn more...

Dedi Sadagori has an 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 and has been responsible for the SolidWorks field session in the Mechanical Engineering Department at the College of Engineering and Computational Science. More than 3,000 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.

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

This camp will introduce a tool to build and make parametric models of parts and assemblies. 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, you will be excited by the challenges you are given. The opportunity to become a Certified SolidWorks Associate (CSWA) will be given on the final day, this is an industry known certification.

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

Prerequisites

To participate in the summer 2020 camps, students must be entering the grades indicated for each camp in the fall of 2020.

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, 2020, your registration fee minus $50 for each camp canceled will be refunded. If you cancel your enrollment after May 15, 2020 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 February 17, 2020 at 10:00 AM MST.

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

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