Summer school rules in Rowan EngineeringMay 21, 2012
This summer, middle and high school students around South Jersey are getting excited about education. It’s not just any summer school curriculum, either. These students will learn engineering though hands-on projects like building bottle rockets during a variety of educational outreach programs at the College of Engineering at Rowan University.
This summer marks the debut of the new Boys Engineering, Science & Technology (BEST) program. As many as 50 middle school boys per session will spend July 11 and July 12 building bridges, bottle rockets, robotics and digital hardware. Each one-day workshop will include a worm project and a presentation by Rowan’s chapter of the global outreach organization Engineers Without Borders.
Attracting Women into Engineering (AWE) will continue its mission to encourage girls in middle school to pursue engineering during one-day workshops held on July 17, 18 and 19. Past projects have included making lip gloss, converting a mint tin into an iPod speaker and constructing and launching bottle rockets. Parents should visit www.rowan.edu/awe to register their daughters before May 25.
High school students can connect to engineering this summer during the Rowan’s Introduction for Students to Engineering (RISE) session being held July 24 to 26. Like the BEST and AWE students, RISE attendees will complete fun hands-on projects. RISE students have worked with Legos, Jenga blocks and chocolate in various projects in past sessions. The group of 50 high school students also will learn more about pursuing an engineering major in college though tours of the Rowan campus and the sites of engineering industry leaders. They also will have the opportunity to meet and develop mentoring relationships with Rowan students and professors.
Students aren’t the only ones getting an education this summer. Rowan will host teacher training courses from July 8 through July 20 through Project Lead the Way. Courses include Principles of Engineering, Automation and Robotics/Design and Modeling and Digital Electronics. The courses will help instructors better implement and run pre-engineering courses for middle and high school students. Interested teachers should visit www.rowan.edu/open/colleges/engineering/pltw/ to learn more and register.
Rowan Engineering also is partnering with other colleges and offices in an outreach program called Young Profs Exploration Camp, which invites 10- to 15-year-olds diagnosed with Asperger syndrome or high-functioning autism to attend a day camp on Rowan’s campus. Young Profs spend their first day studying engineering before exploring other subjects, like art and astronomy. Young Profs Exploration Camp will be held from July 23-27. Parents can visit www.rowan.edu/studentaffairs/asc/YoungProfsSummerCamp.htm to begin the registration process.