138 Cordelia Camp Bldg
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Cullowhee, NC 28723
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Engineering for Kids®
Engineering Olympiad

August 8-16, 2016

Students in Grades 3-6

Cordelia Camp Building

Registration for this camp is CLOSED

Western Carolina University will partner with Engineering for Kids® to offer an engineering focused camp.Engineering for Kids

Each morning, campers will explore a different type of engineering activity. In the afternoon, students will learn Electronic Game Design. Five different engineering disciplines will be explored as teammates participate in various challenges for gold, bronze and silver medals in mechanical, civil, marine, electrical, and aerospace engineering. Students will separate into countries and compete in tests of mental and creative strength. Attendees will “go for the gold” throughout the week and work to become the next great team of Olympians!

Topics Include:

  • Dragsters - During this mechanical engineering lesson, students will experience the challenge of building an air powered dragster with great precision. A dragster needs to be built with utmost care and accuracy; otherwise it will not race as fast and efficiently as these cars are known to do. The race is on!
  • Hydro Turbine -  Marine engineering lesson students will construct a working hydro turbine.  They will demonstrate Newton’s Third Law of Motion, which states that for every action there is an equal and opposite reaction, by using naturally flowing water to create rotary motion.
  • Bridge The Gap – The Bridge the Gap activity focuses on the challenges engineers face when constructing a bridge with limited materials and funds. Students will create the strongest bridge that can accommodate the largest dead load with the least amount of materials.
  • Wind Turbine – Electrical engineering has students learning how to transform wind energy into electricity. They will be challenged to design the most efficient rotor blades for their wind turbine while taking into account size, weight, shape, and angle.
  • Bottle Rockets – Our last day in aerospace engineering we will end camp with a BANG! Students learn how simple air pressure can jettison a rocket more than 150’ in the air. We will build a large model rocket that is launched using pressurized water and air. (depending on weather)
  • In the Electronic Game Design Platform class, we will create our own version of a platform game! We will use the Engineering Design Process to create a storyboard to outline the rules of play and characters for our game. Then, we will use Clickteam Fusion 2.5® to bring our storyboard to life with programming. At the end of the class, everyone takes home a working Windows-compatible game.

Cost: Early registration is $299 if registered by July 15, and $350.00 thereafter. Registration includes a lunch and a snack each day.

Camp Details: Camp runs from Monday- Thursday from 9 am to 4 pm and on Friday from 9 am to 2 pm. Students will give a demonstration of some of their projects on Friday at 1 pm.  Parents and interested individuals are invited to the demonstration on Friday.


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