Outreach Programs and Summer Camps


2014 outreach programs

Black Girls Do Science - April 04, 2014, 9:30Am - 3:30pm, Seaman center, 103 s. capitol st., iowa city, ia 52242
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More information: Bryne Berry, 515-707-6239


2014 summer nsf epscor internships

Iowa NSF EPSCoR (http://iowaepscor.org) is a 5-year, 20 million dollar grant that involves a partnership between Iowa State University, the University of Northern Iowa, and the University of Iowa in research about renewable energy (wind and biofuels), energy efficiency and energy policy. In addition to the research goals, the EPSCoR grant seeks to increase the number and diversity of students who choose careers in STEM (Science Technology, Engineering and Math). To that end, EPSCoR is supporting paid summer research internships for qualified students.  Internships are 8-10 weeks in length, starting in late May or early June and ending in August. The specific dates are generally flexible and can be worked out after students are accepted. Interns will receive a stipend of $400/week. Room and board will be provided if the student elects to live on campus. Full board will be provided to students living off campus. The intern will be part of a research group and will be mentored by the faculty leader and graduate students in that group.  Students will have opportunities to interact with other student interns while participating in seminars, research lab tours, field trips and social events. Student interns will be expected to do research, participate in weekly lab meetings and all other scheduled events. At the end of the program they will have the opportunity to present their research findings in a culminating poster session.  The Iowa Regents Universities are Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employers that have received NSF funding to broaden the participation of women, minorities, first-generation and low-income students in STEM fields. Internships are open to all qualified students, but students in these groups are particularly encouraged to apply.  Students are encouraged to apply early since applications will be accepted and reviewed on a rolling basis until all openings are filled. For full consideration, complete applications should be received by April 23, 2014.  Final admission decisions will be made by April 30, 2014.

Summer NSF Epscor Internship Full descriptions




2014 summer pre-engineering day camps

The UI Pre-Engineering Summer Day Camps strives to develop and enhance students’ problem solving and critical thinking skills, provide an opportunity for creative expression, and foster students’ curiosity about science and technology through fun-filled engineering projects. Students are encouraged to use what they know about science, math and engineering to explore this new challenge. It is a hands-on, project-based program designed to engage and inspire youth in the areas of math, engineering, science and technology. The University of Iowa, College of Engineering will be offering three pre-engineering summer day camps: Lego Learners (grades 4-6), Lego Robotics (grades 4-6), and Tetrixs Robotics (grades 7-9).

  • LEGO Learners (GRADES 1-3)
    Campers will build cities, bridges, and motorized cars/planes and explore the many creative possibilities of engineering with the LEGO system. With access to over thousands of pieces of LEGO, your child will have the opportunity to build what they have only dreamed of with the support of an experienced instructor to guide them.
  • Lego Robotics (grades 4-6)
    Campers will design, build and program autonomous robots using the LEGO Mindstorms Robotics kits. Participants will work in a team environment to create a robot to complete various missions. Using an EV3 brick, servo motors, and various sensors, the robots will move on wheels or treads. Besides having fun, participants will learn problem solving, communication and team work skills. As well as learning functional programming, principles of simple machines, gearing and mechanics.
  • Tetrix Robotics(grades 7-9)
    Campers will design and build a robot working in pairs using Tetrix Robotics Technology, remote controlled robots. Students will delve into authentic scientific research and a hands-on robotic design.  A robotic challenge at the end of the week will put their skills to the test.  Instruction will include basic engineering skills and how input/output devices can be used to affect the behavior of their very own robots.

(the pre-engineering camps are full for 2014)

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