WSU Engineering Summer Camps 2020

This is a tentative schedule, subject to change. The final schedule will be posted prior to online registration opening on March 2, 2020. 

Students should enroll in the summer camp that corresponds to the grade they will be in the fall. 

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WEEK 1

LEGO I Camp, 4th-5th Grade, June 1-5, 8:30-Noon 

LEGO I Camp, 6th-8th Grade, June 1-5, 1 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. 

  • Students will work with partners to build and program robots using the LEGO Mindstorms EV3 kits. They will learn to make their robots move and use sensors to interact with objects around them. This camp is for students who are new to programming with the EV3 robotics system.

Girls Theme Park Camp, 9th-12th Grades, June 1-4, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. with lunch included

  • This camp teaches concepts of systems and processes engineering through the study and design of theme parks. Field trip to All Star Sports is included.
WEEK 2

LEGO II Camp, 4th-5th Grade, June 8-12, 8:30 a.m. - Noon 

LEGO II Camp, 6th-8th Grade, June 8-12, 1 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. 

  • Students will work with partners to build and program robots using the LEGO Mindstorms EV3 kits. "Robot Driving School" where all of the challenges are based on the idea of earning a license to drive using your robot. This camp is for students who already have experience programming with the EV3 robotics system.

Assistive Technology Camp, 9th-12th Grade, June 8-11,  8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. with lunch included 

  • Modeled on the popular Go Baby Go! program, campers will work in teams to develop inventions to assist people with mobility challenges. They will receive hands-on training on designing, wiring, soldering, basic construction skills, and following a budget.

WEEK 3

Sphero Bots Camp, 4th-5th Grade, June 15-19,  8:30 a.m. -Noon 

Sphero Bots Camp, 6th-8th Grade, June 15-19,  1 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.  

  • Campers will complete their mission(s) to explore and map out the moon through programming their Sphero Bot rover to navigate from one base camp to another base camp while navigating through valleys, rills and craters. 

Drone: Build It! Camp, 9th-12th Grade, June 15-18, 8:30 to 4:30 with lunch included  

  • This hands-on camp will introduce you to the Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) world by exploring the varied uses of UAV technology, the Federal Aviation Administration regulations, and the concepts needed to build and operate your own "drone."  Utilizing Wichita State University’s Project Innovation Hub, we will learn methods such as laser cutting/engraving, CNC routing, waterjet cutting, soldering, and basic electrical and electronic circuits to prototype and build and fly our very-own UAV’s.
WEEK 4

Middle School Biomedical Engineering, 6th-7th Grade, June 22-26, 8:30 a.m. to Noon

  • Campers will work as part of a team to explore prosthetics. Students will brainstorm, sketch and create a prototype of a missing limb for a patient that has suffered a debilitating loss of a limb. Campers will take this activity a step further and design their prototype using Autodesk Inventor in order to print their prototype on a 3D printer. *Due to time constraints, not all prototypes may be printed.
WEEK 5

Circuits and Solar Energy Camp, 9th-12th Grade, June 29-July 3, 8:30 a.m. to Noon

  • In this camp students are going to learn about the basic electric terminology like current, voltage, power and energy, resistance, capacitance and inductance, and they will also learn Ohm’s law, resistors in series and parallel. We will discuss about residential energy usage and how to use electrical energy wisely. Students are going to learn about the physics behind the semiconducting material, how the electrons are moving in the solar cell, Students will have a chance to work with solar cells to make a small solar panel, Students will get a chance to work with bread board circuit, snap circuit, and circuit analyzing software.

WEEK 6

Vex Robotics, 8th-9th Grade, July 6-9, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. with lunch included

  • Campers will learn robotics design, problem-solving, project management, team-building, and presentation skills. Campers will spend time on working with the VEX robotic system. This camp will provide good preparation for campers interested in transitioning from LEGO Robotics to Kansas BEST Robotics teams.

STEMusic Camp, 2nd-4th Grades, July 9-10, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. with lunch included

  • Campers will choose a STEM topic area (science, technology, engineering and math), study that topic and write, record and perform a song with a professional engineer and musician. This two-day camp schedule is designed for younger children. 
WEEK 7 

Arduino Camp, 8th-9th grades, July 13-17, 8:30 a.m. to Noon

  • In this camp students are going to write programs by using Arduino software (IDE) to activate the electrical circuit. Students will design electrical circuits by using resistors, sensors, diodes, LEDs on bread board by using UNO R3 controller board. This camps is great for the students who are interested in coding and designing the circuits.

WEEK 8 

Scratch Coding Jump Start, 2nd-3rd Grade, 8:30 a.m. to Noon, July 20

Scratch Coding Jump Start, 4th-5th Grade, 8:30 a.m. to Noon, July 21

Scratch Coding Jump Start, 6th-7th Grade, 8:30 a.m. to Noon, July 22

  • In this mini one-day camp, campers will create Scratch accounts, learn the basics of Scratch coding -- working through the same curriculum we bring to elementary schools during the school year  -- and leave being able to continue building their skills on their own.  Each camper will receive a set of Scratch coding cards ($25 value) to take home.

WEEK 9

Cybersecurity Boot Camp, 7th-12th grades, July 27-30, 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. 

  • Campers will participate in a cyber exercise designed to expose them to cyber defense and offense in a safe and fun environment. They will learn to work as a team, and use cyber skills to accomplish exercise objectives.

Questions about Engineering Summer Camps may be submitted by email to Polly Basore Wenzl, camp coordinator, or by phone (316) 978-6512.