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July 19, 2012

Oklahoma State University camp makes engineering fun

STILLWATER, Okla. — High school juniors and seniors from across the state will be racing cars, building robots and lighting fires in the next two weeks as part of an Oklahoma State University engineering camp.

The camps are hosted by the Division of Institutional Diversity at OSU in conjunction with several departments in the College of Engineering, Architecture and Technology at OSU.

Students conclude the first weeklong camp Friday with a race of model cars they designed and constructed at camp. They will maneuver the cars on a track with the use of electric sensors.

The race will be at 11 a.m. at the Engineering South Building..

“The students have been getting an understanding of the foundations of electrical engineering,” said Marcia Bruno, spokeswoman for Diversity Academic Support.

Another weeklong session begins Monday. Students will build a robot. A robotics competition will be at 7 p.m. July 25 in the Vogt Room of the Advanced Technology Research Center.

Students also will participating in the OSU Fire Protection and Safety Technology Lab. Students will build house-like structures and measure fire temperature required to collapse the structure.

Students will set the structures ablaze during a demonstration at 1 p.m. July 27 in the OSU Fire Protection Safety Lab Building.

“We hope camps like these make science and engineering fun for them,” said Bruno.

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