Summer Engineering Academies

UAA/BP Summer Engineering Academies 2017UAA Engineering Academies at MSC

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One-week sessions for middle school (grades 6-8) and high school (grades 9-12) students held at Mat-Su College.
Fees: $100* per session, includes lunch.
Fee waivers are available for students with  financial need.

Date: June 26-30
Campers: grades 6-8
Description: Students will learn about the properties, behavior, movement, and phases of water. Ways humans interact with water, how engineers control it, and how and why it changes form due to pressure and heat will all be explored. Students will conduct investigations into how various forces cause water to move through pipes, canals, and environmental processes. Students will construct and test methods for moving water, as well as how to use the power of water for beneficial human use.

Date: July 10-14
Campers: grades 6-8
Description: In this introduction to rocketry, students will use a combination of kits and individual components to design and build a model rocket. Participants will learn about rocket motors, aerodynamics, structural integrity, payloads, and will use software for assembling and sizing the rocket and its motor. Launch and recovery procedures and safety around rockets will also be discussed. Students in small groups will assemble their rocket to launch it at the end of the session.

Date: July 17-21
Campers: grades 9-12
Description: In this introduction to robotics, students will use FIRST-based TETRIX┬« robotics kits to design, build, and program a robot to complete a task.  Topics will include mechanical design, motors and actuators, how to manipulate objects, and programming to make their robot more self-aware. In small groups, students will assemble a robot to compete in user-piloted challenges such as obstacle courses, as well as programming the robot to operate autonomously.  (This session is not designed for students with extensive previous experience in FIRST Tech Challenge (FTC) robotics.)

Fees for summer engineering academies are reduced by more than 75% thanks to the generosity of BP.

2017 MSC Summer Science Camps