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2016 Summer Pre-Engineering Camps
The Summer Pre-Engineering Camps strive 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 the following pre-engineering camps:
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.
Junior Robotics (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.
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. This camp will focus on pushing an opponent’s robot out of a sumo ring.
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.
Tetrix Robotics (grades 7-9)
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.
The application process consists of the online application and program payment. Once you have completed the online application, please remit the program fee. Once the program fee is received in our office, your application will be complete. The submission of the online application alone DOES NOT reserve a space. We may have 10-15 applications for a 10 person-limit per camp. You could be the first person to complete the application, but wait to submit the program fee and another applicant may submit the program fee that same day to secure a space in the program. So, please remember to remit the program fee to secure your space as soon as possible. A confirmation letter and receipt will be emailed to you after your application is complete. Please register online for waitlists by selecting the Wait List Me option.
The pre-engineering camps are focused on certain grades for the different programs we offer. The grade guides listed after each program name are suggested placement indicators. Factors such as maturity, aptitude and understanding should be considered before registering. The sequence for the camps are: Simple Machines (K-1), Junior Robotics (2-3), Robotics I (4-6), Robotics II (4-6), and Tetrix Robotics (7-9). A student cannot register for the sequence camp in the same week. Students should register for the grade they will be entering in the upcoming school year (Fall 2016).
The only forms of payment accept is personal check, cashier's check or money order. Please place your child's name and camp date on the memo line. All camps, besides Tetrix Robotics, are $175.00. Tetrix Robotics is $285.00.
Make checks payable to:
U of Iowa College of Engineering
Payments can be mailed to us at:
c/o Tracy Peterson
The University of Iowa
College of Engineering
Seamans Center 3307
Iowa City, IA 52242
We can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org for any questions.
PLEASE NOTE: IF YOU DO NOT SEE THE CAMP CHOICE AVAILABLE IN THE DESIRED WEEK, THEN IT IS MORE THAN LIKELY FULL. PLEASE SELECT THE WAIT LIST ME OPTION AND TYPE IN THE NAME OF THE CAMP AND TIME SELECTION (AM: 9am-12pm or PM: 1pm-4pm)