Engineering camp challenges high school students

Students in the workshop drilling woodDozens of area high school students got the opportunity to step into the shoes of a real engineer thanks to a weeklong course offered as part of the Summer Academy Camps at the University of Georgia.

The project-based program let students tackle real-world engineering challenges using the same advanced tools that UGA undergraduate students use during their studies.

Students planned, designed and fabricated materials under the watchful eye of faculty from UGA’s College of Engineering, who helped explain the principles a variety of engineering fields, including electrical, mechanical, civil, biomedical and chemical engineering.

Learning by doing

“Whether it’s in high school or whether it’s in college, we learn best by doing,” said Stephan Durham, associate professor of engineering and co-instructor of the “Experience Engineering at UGA” camp. “We wanted them to come and engage in learning activities that challenge them to think critically.”

The engineering camp was one of more than 54 offered as part of the summer academy at UGA, which hosted more than 1,000 students in June and July. Other camps focused on diverse topics like screenwriting, robotics, photography, architecture and law. These camps are offered by the UGA Center for Continuing Education & Hotel, a unit of Public Service and Outreach.

For more information about UGA’s Summer Academy Camps, please click here.

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