Satellites, Water Pollution, and Lasers: An Exploration of Civil, Environmental, and Geotechnical Engineering

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A Summer Engineering and Manufacturing Camp

August 17 – 22

Satellites, Water Pollution and Lasers: An Exploration of Civil, Environmental, and Geotechnical Engineering is a Mid-State Summer Engineering and Manufacturing camp that introduces middle and high school students to exciting career choices in today's engineering and manufacturing industries and introduces entrepreneurial concepts and skills.

The Hoover Dam. The Eiffel Tower. The Golden Gate Bridge. The Moffat Tunnel. These are just a few of the well-known landmarks that should make you think of civil engineering. Civil engineers design, build, and maintain critical infrastructure for our modern society—roads and bridges, drinking water and energy systems, airports, and the infrastructure for a cleaner environment, to name just a few. Think of a civil engineer whenever you turn on your water to take a shower or fill a glass with clean drinking water, turn on your lights when it gets dark at night, ride in a car to the store on roads and over bridges through coordinated traffic lights, fly on an airplane or ride on a train for a vacation, or toss paper into the recycling bin.

Civil engineering offers a variety of specialty areas, and engineers who work in these fields use high-tech tools and precision instruments to guide their work. In this remotely delivered camp, you will have the opportunity to explore some of these specialty fields and participate in safe, hands-on, fun activities to learn about this exciting and diverse field that keeps society running. 

Prior to the camp, arrangements will be made for students to obtain supply kits to be used during the class. For the discussion on GPS and satellites, it is recommended that students (or their parents) have access to a smartphone on which the Geocaching app can be downloaded; alternatively, if a handheld GPS receiver is available to the student, that device may be used, as well. 

A computer with an internet connection is needed to attend this camp.

Made possible through a generous contribution from Nuts, Bolts & Thingamajigs® (NBT), the charitable foundation of the Fabricators & Manufacturers Association, International® (FMA), which supports individuals in discovering their interest in manufacturing, engineering and STEM, and to encourage the pursuit of a manufacturing career.

Weekly Camp Schedules

Depending on the camp, at least the first hour of each session will be live online. A portion of each class session time may be offered as open lab time where the student will have work time with an open connection to the instructor.

Optional online office hours are available for students to have further discussion on camp topics and to ask questions or get assistance. Outside of scheduled online time or optional online office hours, instructors will be available by email or voicemail.  

Camp fee: $89

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Monday, August 17
Live Online: 1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Optional online office hours: 5:00 – 6:00 p.m.

Tuesday, August 18
Live Online: 5:30  – 8:00 p.m.

Wednesday, August 19
Optional online office hours: 9:00 – 10:00 a.m.
Optional online office hours 5:00 – 6:00 p.m.

Thursday, August 20
Live Online: 5:30 – 8:00 p.m.

Friday, August 21
Optional online office hours:  9:00 – 10:00 a.m.

Saturday, August 22
Online time: 9:00 a.m. – Noon

If you have a disability and require accommodations to participate in this activity, contact the event coordinator as soon as possible, ideally 14 days in advance.

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