This camp will provide hands-on learning in a fun and engaging setting. Participants should have just completed the 8th or 9th grades. Participants will measure electrical quantities, perform basic calculations, build elementary DC and AC circuits and construct selected electronics projects. The projects may include but will not be limited to: measuring the efficiency of a solar cell, building a simple DC electrical motor, operating a digital LED counter/timer and amplifying a signal.
Today, students receive little or no hands-on instruction in these topics in elementary or middle school. Yet in high school robotics competitions, students use sophisticated electronic components, which are treated as “black boxes”. Students may learn the overall function of these components but they do not receive instruction on the more basic elements that go into making an actuator, a micro controller or an electric motor. In high school, the subjects of electricity and magnetism are presented in abstract terms and the quality of hands-on instruction varies greatly. This summer camp will be a welcome bridge spanning these educational gaps.
In the past, children often received electricity or electronics kits as holiday gifts. Today, these educational toys are not very popular and historically they were thought of as gifts for boys. This camp will repopularize this type of “fun learning” to both genders. At the end of the week, each participant will take home most of the kits, tools and equipment they use during the week. They will also take home instructions so they can extend their learning if their interest is sparked by the summer camp.
Each day will be a blend of several periods consisting of short classroom instruction, educational videos and hands-on activities. Walking tours of the Olin Physical Sciences Building, the Florida Tech campus and the Botanical Gardens will be scheduled during the week. Each day will also include a supervised lunch break at the Panther Dining Hall and at least one period to provide moderate, physical exercise for the body and one short period of meditation to calm the body and relax the mind. Since this is a summer camp, visits to the activity pool at the Panther Aquatic Center (PAC) will be included.
The camp coordinator (J. Gering) possesses over 25 years experience in hands-on, science instruction and the related logistics. He has also accrued 10 years experience leading and organizing activities in the Boy Scouts of America. Depending on the number of campers, two to four, female and male graduate students will be on hand as assistant instructors.
Participants are asked to bring a backpack containing:
*Topics listed above may be subject to change
A T-shirt will be included.
Florida Tech Campus
June 22-26, 2015
The camp’s curriculum is designed for students who will have just completed the 8th or 9th grade.
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Physics and Space Sciences
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