College of Health and Human Services

Summer STEM Explorations

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2018 IPFW Summer STEM Explorations

(Science, Technology, Engineering, Math)

Offered by Purdue University Fort Wayne® College of Engineering, Technology, and Computer Science (ETCS)

Registration forms are located through the Summer Explorations link at: REGISTRATION FORM FOR ETCS SUMMER EXPLORATION.

For registration questions call 481-4145 and for general questions about the camps call 481-6905

Scholarships: Students in financial need may apply for one of a limited number of partial scholarships. Students will need to complete an application with a short paragraph about why they would like to join a camp. The scholarship application can be found in the same location as the camp registration form.  One scholarship per student per family. Contact the ETCS Outreach registration number for questions.  If interested in applying for a possible scholarship, complete this application and include it with your registration form.

 **Grade in Fall 2018

Closed - Industrial Technology Exploration: MTE Experts (Machining Tools in Engineering)
Offered by ETCS Technology;  sponsored by HAAS
Dates: June 18-22 Age: 9th-12th grade **     Time: 8:30 AM-12:30PM
Registration Fee without scholarship: $75; Fee with a scholarship: $20 *
*HAAS grant scholarships are offered to quite a few students. Anyone may apply following the scholarship process described above.

Explore the world of machining tools through hands-on applications in the creation of a basic project. Learn part layout and measuring strategies. Operate a metal lathe and a milling machine and in a short period of time, watch your materials transform from unassembled pieces into a useful item.  In the midst of your project, you will chat with professionals from local industry who visit the machine shop to share knowledge and answer questions about their experiences in the machining industry. This is truly a “hands on” workshop guided by experts and providing access and training on tools that you may not normally use. It is a small class so register soon and let the chips fly!


Closed - Engineering and Computer Science Robotics Exploration: Swarm Bots!
Offered by: IPFW Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering
Dates: June 25-29 Time: 8:30 AM – 12:30 PM     Age: 8th -12th grade **     Fee: $90

Robot teams explore the concept of “swarm robotics”. Learn to master the skill of achieving a robotic task with more than one robot; multiple types of robots working to achieve this year’s thematic challenge. Collaborate with a team to construct, program, strategize and test your robots to beat the other teams by using VEX and/or EV3 parts/software for robot design. Participants will expand their knowledge of robotics and hear information about artificial intelligence, while practicing technology skills. Guided by a professional engineer and an IPFW faculty member in computer science, students will learn the “lingo” of Tech Talk and hear about engineering and computer science careers.


Girls STEM Leadership Exploration: GIRLS: Transform Our Future!
Offered by: IPFW College of ETCS
Dates: June 25-29 Time: 8:30 AM – 12:30 PM     Age: 8th -11th grade **     Fee: $90

Imagine a city where GIRLS make a difference! You can imagine, design, collaborate, and construct your vision of an innovative future city on a week-long team project that focuses on a theme for 2018. Hear female IPFW engineering students and meet female STEM professionals who impact our community. Expand skills for future leadership to find out what is possible, how to get there, and how to make a difference in STEM. You will network and have fun with other girls! The camp is led by experienced FWCS teachers and incorporates daily contact with either university staff/students or community professionals.


Engineering/Technology Exploration: Raspberry Pi Designs
Offered by: IPFW Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering with an IEEE sponsorship
Dates: July 9-13 Time: 8:30 AM – 12:30 PM     Age: 8th-9th grade **    Fee: $90

Raspberry Pi is a fully-functional, credit-card sized computer, used around the world to teach Computer Programming fundamentals. Participants will examine some of the basic hardware and software components of a Raspberry Pi kit. They will be introduced to the Linux Operating System, Scratch programming, the Python computer language, and the Raspberry PI I/O interface and control. They will become familiar with the Raspberry Pi kit as they practice some of the basic programming guided by Electrical Engineering Technology faculty.


Computer Science ExplorationACT: Adventures in Computing for Teens
Offered by: IPFW Department of Computer Science
Dates:  July 9-13 Time: 8:30 AM – 12:30 PM     Age: 8th - 12th grade **      Fee: $90

Every day more Apps are created for our use. Could you create one yourself? Explore the world of App Inventor created by Massachusetts Institute of Technology. The software uses a process that “transforms the complex language of text-based coding into visual, drag-and-drop building blocks“( Experience the computer science design process; learn strategies, exercise logic and creative skills all at the same time. Meet other students with similar interests and learn more about careers in computer science.

 **Grade in Fall 2018