ENGINEERING DESIGN SUMMER CAMPS

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Summer Camps in 2021 for Elementary, Middle, and High School Students

We anticipate these camps being available in the Summer of 2021:

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All in-person camps scheduled for June, July, and August 2020 at Colorado School of Mines have been canceled due to the world-wide coronavirus pandemic.

Engineering Design Summer Camps (Grades 10 through 12) offers 1 REMOTE camp this summer.

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 2021, 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.

Registration for these camps opens Monday, March 29, 2021 at 10:00 am MDT.

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.

Summer Camps are coming soon!

The pandemic continues to impact our ability to plan and schedule our Summer Camps program for Summer 2021, but we hope to have full information available soon. Please visit this website often to stay up to date.

Rube Goldberg     Grade Fall 2021

When: June 28 - July 2, 2021 :: (Monday-Thursday) • 9:00am - 4:00pm; (Friday) • 9:00am - 12:00pm

Where: Colorado School of Mines campus • Golden, Colorado

Maximum students: 15

Fee: $455.00

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.

As a journalist, Rube Goldberg observed things resulting from nature, having a keen eye for things we have made. He recognized the value of nature in terms of the things society builds. Through his designs, Goldberg combined form and function to build complex gadgets to perform simple tasks. 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.

Leonardo's Self-Supporting Bridge     Grade Fall 2021

When: July 26-30, 2021 :: (Monday-Thursday) • 9:00am - 4:00pm; (Friday) • 9:00am - 12:00pm

Where: Colorado School of Mines campus • Golden, Colorado

Maximum students: 15

Fee: $455.00

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.

Many consider Leonardo's self-supporting bridge the most ingenious for its constructive and structural simplicity. The design structure features several circular-section beams which are held together by the bridge's weight. The assembly does not use fasteners or interlocking joints. This design creates an exciting environment for your team to explore history, art, and engineering. Your challenge will be to design and construct small prototypes for this unique bridge design. Based on these models, you will build a larger bridge to cross a sidewalk on the Mines campus.

Registration for the REMOTE SolidWorks™ camp is open now!

SolidWorks™     Grades Fall 2021

Session I*

When: July 26-30, 2021 (Monday-Friday) • 9:00am - 4:00pm

Where: Colorado School of Mines campus • Golden, Colorado

Maximum students: 25

Fee: $480.00

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: August 2-6, 2021 (Monday-Friday) • 9:00am - 4:00pm

Where: Colorado School of Mines campus • Golden, Colorado

Maximum students: 25

Fee: $480.00

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 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 2021 camps, students must be entering the grades indicated for each camp in the fall of 2021.

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, 2021, your registration fee minus $50 for each camp canceled will be refunded. If you cancel your enrollment after May 15, 2021 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: 303.384.2692
Email: te@mines.edu

Registration

The following registration options are available:

  • Register for the camp and charge the full registration fee to your credit card online. Registration is limited to the maximum number of students shown in each camp description.
  • If the camp has filled, you can place your name on the waiting list. Please do not hesitate to use the waiting list. We are currently attempting to expand seating for our camps. If successful, we will be notifying those on the waiting list — in the order added — to fill the additional capacity.
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