Outreach and Summer Programs

2014-15 Outreach Programs

May 02, 2015
9:30am - 3:30pm
Seamans Center for the Engineering Arts and Sciences
103 S. Capitol St., Iowa City, IA  52242

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2015 Summer NSF EPSCoR Internship Program

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 February 20, 2015.  Final admission decisions will be made by March 13, 2014.

Summer NSF EPSCoR Internship Descriptions

Summer NSF EPSCoR Internship Flyer

Summer NSF EPSCoR Internship Application


2015 Pre-Engineering Summer 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 Simple Machines (Grades K-1)
    This program is designed to have a perfect mixture of fun and learning, using LEGO Simple Machines. Students will have the opportunity to discover basic physical science concepts such as gears, pulleys, levers, and wheels and axles; 
    and discover their hidden talents as they design, and build their own creation. 

  • Lego Learners (Grades 2-3)
    This program is designed to have a perfect mixture of fun and learning, using LEGO WeDo Robots. Students will have the opportunity to explore new adventures, learn the basic concepts of robotics, and discover their hidden talents as they design, build, and program their own creation.

  • Lego Robotics I (grades 4-6)
    This program is designed to introduce students to the principles of robotics, computer programming, and teamwork. Students will have the opportunity to use their imagination and critical thinking skills to design, program and control fully functional robotic models that will accomplish specific tasks by using software to plan, test and modify sequences of instructions. The this camp will focus on pushing an opponent’s robot out of a sumo ring.

  • Lego Robotics II (grades 4-6)
    Students 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.

  • Motorized Toy Car Challenge (grades 6-8)
    Students develop new designs for electric gear driven toys. The students are involved in writing proposals, drawing sketches, and working with models to develop a plan to meet a specific set of design requirements. Force and friction, simple machines, levers and gears, torque and design are the core scientific concepts covered in this challenge.

  • Fuel Cell Challenge (grades 6-8)
    This challenge presents students with the opportunity to investigate a new and developing technology; the fuel cell. Over the course of the camp, a variety of activities introduce students to the development and use of fuel cells, types of fuel cells, and hands-on experiments with a PEM (proton exchange membrane) fuel cell to produce electricity to power an electric motor.

  • Tetrix Robotics (grades 7-10)
    Students 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.


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