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School of Engineering and Computer Science

Engineering Center, Room 301
115 Library Drive
Rochester, MI 48309-4479
(location map)
Dean's Office: (248) 370-2217
Academic Advising: (248) 370-2201
SECSDean@oakland.edu

School of Engineering and Computer Science

Engineering Center, Room 301
115 Library Drive
Rochester, MI 48309-4479
(location map)
Dean's Office: (248) 370-2217
Academic Advising: (248) 370-2201
SECSDean@oakland.edu

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Outreach Programs

Oakland University’s School of Engineering and Computer Science is committed to introducing high school and pre-college students to Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) Resources.

Thanks to this early introduction by passionate educators, students are guided to a pathway leading toward a successful education and career in the technological workforce.

SECS hosts outreach programs, both on and off campus, throughout the academic year and summer months. Faculty routinely visit high schools, junior highs, middle and elementary schools.

Oakland University’s highest priority in providing exemplary academic, athletic and social programs for youth is protecting the health, safety and welfare of all participants. To achieve this critically important goal, carefully screened and highly trained personnel enforce protocols designed to ensure safe conduct and supportive interaction between youth and program leaders. To learn more about OU's youth protection efforts, visit oakland.edu/youth.

Contact Us
Christopher J. Kobus, Ph.D.
Director of Outreach and Recruitment
(248) 370-2489
cjkobus@oakland.edu

Summer STEM Camps
Oakland University’s School of Engineering and Computer Science, in partnership with the Department of Mathematics and Statistics, offers programs for upper elementary, middle and high school students who want to explore their interest in Science, Technology, Engineering and/or Mathematics (STEM).

Students are taken through a series of hands-on, student-centered experiences where they learn a little bit about each of the engineering fields. Students build and test equipment and conduct experiments in the various STEM disciplines.
Camps are offered from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m., Monday through Friday, on the campus of Oakland University. Parents should drop off and pick up their children in the Atrium of the Engineering Center. 
Cost is $395. Camps offered the week of July 2-6 are only 4 days (excluding July 4) at a cost of $316. 
Grade levels are described as:
Elementary School: entering grades 3-5
Middle School: entering grades 6-8
High School: entering grades 9-12 

REGISTRATION IS OPEN for STEM camps offered during the summer semester. Please review the camps below to register. To learn more, e-mail  mrdonoghue@oakland.edu .
 
STEM Camps offered are: 

Additive Manufacturing

Offered to: High School students (July 16-20)

This camp will introduce students to the future of manufacturing. Additive manufacturing has been used to develop technological marvels such as medical implants and even airplane wings. Not only will students learn the background behind these cutting edge processes, they will be able to create their own designs. Cutting edge manufacturing processes will be introduced through involved hands-on experiences that include studying and analyzing a robotics assembly line.  Students will use CAD software.  As a class, the students will work together to develop a working 3D model that can be assembled with various parts.

Alternative Energy

Offered to: Elementary School students (June 18-22), Middle School students (August 13-17), and High School students (July 2-6)

This camp will teach students about the different types of alternative energy and its uses in the world through hands-on modules and lessons.  Students will construct wind turbines, solar cells, anemometers, and other forms of alternative energy.  Students will discuss what energy management is and how it is used in different buildings and companies.  They will then relay what they’ve learned to their schools and homes. 

Engineering Exploration

Offered to: Elementary School students (July 2-6; July 9-13; August 6-10), Middle School students (June 18-22; August 6-10), and High School students (July 2-6; July 23-27)

This camp is designed for students who are new to our summer camps and want to learn about the full variety of core STEM concepts. Different types of engineering are introduced each day in a hands-on, student-centered manner. Students will spend each day performing lab experiments and activities designed to give them a broad view of the different types of engineering offered here at Oakland University. For example, elementary students will write computer code in scratch and high school students will write code in Python to be introduced to coding.  Students will make slime to learn about physical and chemical reactions.  They will build roller coasters and discuss how kinetic and potential energy plays a factor in how they work.  These lab exercises are designed to be informative and fun, with a big ‘wow’ factor attached.  The types of engineering covered are industrial, mechanical, electrical, chemical, bioengineering, and computer science.

Analog and Digital Circuits

Offered to: Elementary School students (August 13-17), Middle School students (July 23-27), and High School students (June 25-29)

This camp is designed for students who have an interest in electrical engineering. Aspects of electrical engineering are introduced in a hands-on manner. Students will spend each day doing lab activities designed to get them thinking about electrical engineering. For example, students will work with “Little Bits” electronic kits to design and build analog circuit modules, from basic series and parallel circuits to more complex ones like op amps. Students will also learn the basics of making and programming various Arduino circuits. On the digital side, they will learn binary code and digital logic to put together rudimentary digital circuits.

Adventures in Coding I

Offered to: Middle School students (beginning at 6th grade) and High School students (June 25-29)

This camp is designed for students who have an interest in computer science. Students will learn computer programming, website coding and development, and video game design. Modules will include straight programming as well as GUI object-oriented programming.  Students will be able to unleash their creativity in open-ended exercises throughout the week, and be able to take their creations home with them on a memory stick.

Adventures in Coding II

Offered to: Middle School students (beginning at 7th grade) and High School students (July 2-6)

This camp is for students who have already attended a computer science camp, or are themselves advanced computer programmers. Topics will be more challenging and continue into deeper programming concepts. Higher-level programming languages will be covered and there will be programming challenges throughout the camp.  IT security and hacking will be topics in this camp as well.

Programming Electro-Mechanical Gadgets

Offered to: Eighth graders and High School students (July 9-13; July 30 - August 3)

This is camp will focus on microprocessor programming.  Including binary coding, simple programming, microprocessor control, interface technology, wiring, and interfacing with simple electrical and mechanical gadgets.  It will be a project-based computer science camp.  They will be working with Finch Robots, Raspberry Pi, arduinos, binary code, and cryptography.  Each morning, students will be taught how to use and program a specific device.  Then in the afternoon, they will apply what they’ve learned and design and build a project.  On Friday afternoon, students will present to an audience of parents, peers, and camp staff one of their projects.

Energy and Structures

Offered to: Elementary School students (July 16-20), Middle School students (June 25-29) and High School students (July 30- August 3)

This camp is designed for students who have an interest in mechanical engineering.  Students will be introduced to a variety of disciplinary topics including building roller coasters to study energy conversion, velocity and acceleration, building and testing wind anemometers and turbine blades, energy management topics in homes, energy conservation, making and testing battery cells, and other relevant project-based topics.  The focus of the camp will be on building and constructing.

Ground Robotics

Offered to: Elementary School students (June 18-22; July 2-6) and Middle School students (July 30 - August 3) 

This introductory-level camp is for students who are new to robotics.  Students will work with Ozobots, Lego Mindstorms, and VEX IQ and EDR Robots depending on grade level and capability.  The camp will focus on skills used in robots including creativity, teamwork, and problem-solving.  The Mindstorm will introduce basic GUI (Graphical User Interface) programing. With VEX, students will begin by building the basic clawbot and work with the remote controlled robot to compete in a team-based activities against other teams. Students will then be challenged to adjust their VEX robot to do other types of challenges. Once the students are comfortable with building and adjusting their robot to meet a specific task, the instructors will begin teaching basic RobotC programming. Students will work as they learn. Instructors will teach concepts and ideas as needed by each group.

VEX Robotics

Offered to: Middle School students (beginning at 7th grade) and High School students (June 25-29; August 6-10) 

This camp is for students who are currently on a VEX Robotics team or plan to be on one this upcoming school year.  The curriculum in this camp will be designed in collaboration with the Robotics Education & Competition (REC) Foundation.  A challenge will be given and students will work in a teams of 3-4 to design and follow through on a plan to win the challenge.   

Bioengineering

Offered to: Elementary School students (July 30 - August 3), Middle School students (July 2-6), and High School students (August 6-10)

This camp is designed for students who have an interest in Bioengineering. Students will get an overview of what Bioengineering is and how it is used in the real world.  Modules will include making a model hand and a virus simulation activity.  Students will be able to unleash their creativity in open-ended exercises throughout the week, and be able to take many of their creations home with them. 

Chemical Engineering

Offered to: Elementary School students (July 23-27) and Middle School students (July 9-13)

This camp is designed for students who have an interest in Chemical Engineering. Students will get an overview of what Chemical Engineering is and how to use to properly use lab equipment. With a degree in Chemical Engineering one can obtain a position in a wide array of industries (i.e. oil and gas, energy, food, plastics). Modules will include slime, volcanoes, bath bombs, and making ice cream. Students will learn about the importance of chemistry and how it can be applied to fun hands-on activities.

Goblin Car Camp, Part 1

Offered to: Fifth and sixth grade students (August 6-10)

Students will design and build a single seat electric powered race car.  Students will build and drive a Goblin Car from the ground up.  This includes putting together the frame, wiring, battery, and exterior frame.  This was designed to teach students about greenpower.  Students will focus on getting the car to go as far as possible on a single battery.  They will spend the last day and half driving the car and solidifying the car for better performance.

For more information go to: greenpowerusa.net

Goblin Car Camp, Part 2

Offered to: Fifth and sixth grade students (August 13-17)

Goblin Car Camp, Part 1, will build the Goblin car.  In Part 2, students will take what was done in Part 1 and expand upon it.  They will learn about what greenpower is and why it is important for the world.  The goal is to get the car to go as far as possible on one battery.  They will adjust the design and build of the car to make it better.  Students must attend Goblin Car, Part 1 prior to attending this camp.  The Goblin car camp in the summer of 2017 does count as Part 1.

 

Math Camps offered are: 

Analytical and Creative Problem-Solving for High School Students

Dates offered: August 13-17

This camp is for high school students who want to expand their critical thinking. Employing a “problem-based classroom” teaching approach, the instructor will encourage students to develop new tactics in approaching and solving problems. Students will spend half the day solving analytical problems, such as STEM story problems and cryptography, and creative problem scenarios, such as puzzles, riddles, and other open-ended challenges. They are encouraged to solve these problems both as individuals and in groups. On the last day, students will combine both their analytical and creative thinking by doing an Escape Room and a session of Dungeons and Dragons.

Analytical and Creative Problem-Solving for Middle School Students

Dates offered: August 6-10

This camp is for middle school students who want to develop critical thinking skills. Employing a “problem-based classroom” teaching approach, the instructor will encourage students to develop new tactics in problem solving with analytical and creative challenges. Students will learn how to think analytically when solving Math story problems and playing quiz-styled games. They will also learn how to think outside the box in various creative challenges with riddles and hand-on activities. On the last day, students will combine both their analytical and creative thinking by doing an Escape Room and a session of Dungeons and Dragons.

Algebra I Readiness

Dates offered: August 6-10

This mathematics course is for students from 6th grade to 12th grade who are struggling with Algebra I. Employing a “problem-based classroom” teaching approach, the instructor will give the students a binder full of Algebra I practice problems.  Students will complete problems in pairs. Then they will review them on the board, with their peers, and with the instructors.  Instructors will teach concepts and ideas as needed by the students, but this camp will be focused on running through as many practice problems as possible. Students who struggled in a previous Algebra I course would be a good fit for this camp. The type of problems will be based on the Algebra I common core curriculum and student needs.

Algebra II Readiness

Dates offered: July 30 - August 3

This mathematics course is for students from 6th grade to 12th grade who are struggling with Algebra II. Employing a “problem-based classroom” teaching approach, the instructor will give the students a binder full of Algebra II practice problems.  Students will complete problems in pairs. Then they will review them on the board, with their peers, and with the instructors.  Instructors will teach concepts and ideas as needed by the students, but this camp will be focused on running through as many practice problems as possible. Students who struggled in a previous Algebra II course would be a good fit for this camp. The type of problems will be based on the Algebra II common core curriculum and student needs.

Geometry Readiness

Dates offered: July 23-27

This mathematics course is for students from 6th grade to 12th grade who are struggling with Geometry.  Employing a “problem-based classroom” teaching approach, the instructor will give the students a binder full of Geometry practice problems.  Students will complete problems in pairs. Then they will review them on the board, with their peers, and with the instructors.  Specific strategies and activities designed to help students understand to construct proofs will be included in the camp.  Instructors will teach concepts and ideas as needed by the students, but this camp will be focused on running through as many practice problems as possible. Students who struggled in a previous Geometry or Algebra I course would be a good fit for this camp. The type of problems will be based on the Geometry common core curriculum and student needs.

Pre-Algebra Readiness

Dates offered: August 13-17

This mathematics course is for students from 6th grade to 9th grade who are struggling in their math courses.  Employing a “problem-based classroom” teaching approach, the instructor will give the students a binder full of pre-algebra practice problems.  Skills needed to work with fractions, integers, expressions, equations, and graphs will be a big part of this camp.  Students will complete problems in pairs. Then they will review them on the board, with their peers, and with the instructors.  Specific strategies and activities designed to help students understand to construct proofs will be included in the camp.  Instructors will teach concepts and ideas as needed by the students, but this camp will be focused on running through as many practice problems as possible. Students who struggled in a previous Geometry or Algebra I course would be a good fit for this camp. The type of problems will be based on the Geometry common core curriculum and student needs.

Multicopter Summer Camp

Register TODAY for the Multicopters Summer Camp

Dates offered: June 25-28

In the Multicopters Summer Camp, students will be introduced to:

  • Drone components, hardware & software and how they works
  • Drone operation ethics, safety, local and federal laws
  • Drone applications in real estates, commercial, film, search &
    rescue
  • Experience with drone business, insurance, FAA certification

Students will also learn proper drone flying skills including:

  • Takeoff, landing, hovering, pitch, roll & forward flight
  • Combined skills & controlled maneuvers
  • Fun competition flying
  • Seeing professional grade drones perform
Fall STEM Camps
Oakland University’s School of Engineering and Computer Science, in partnership with the Department of Mathematics and Statistics, offers programs for upper elementary, middle and high school students who want to explore their interest in Science, Technology, Engineering and/or Mathematics (STEM).

Students are taken through a series of hands-on, student-centered experiences where they learn a little bit about each of the engineering fields. Students build and test equipment and conduct experiments in the various STEM disciplines.

More information about STEM camps offered during the fall semester will be available at a later date. To learn more, e-mail  mrdonoghue@oakland.edu .
Winter STEM Camps

Oakland University’s School of Engineering and Computer Science, in partnership with the Department of Mathematics and Statistics, offers programs for upper elementary, middle and high school students who want to explore their interest in Science, Technology, Engineering and/or Mathematics (STEM).

Students are taken through a series of hands-on, student-centered experiences where they learn a little bit about each of the engineering fields. Students build and test equipment and conduct experiments in the various STEM disciplines.

More information about STEM camps offered during the winter semester will be available at a later date. To learn more, e-mail mrdonoghue@oakland.edu.

GenCyber Camp
The GenCyber camp is a comprehensive and activity-based program that delivers substantive cybersecurity training to upper elementary (4th, 5th and 6th grades), middle school, and high school students. 

The program does not require any prior cybersecurity and computer knowledge or experience, or prior GenCyber program participation. Since cybersecurity is playing a more and more important role in economy and society, it is very important for the students to learn cybersecurity to succeed in this world. 

The program divides students into three categories according to their grades (exiting) for total of three weeks (one week offered for each applicant). This summer camp program offers activities that will benefit the students' personal life, economy, and society of the Detroit Urban Area and the United States.

For more information about the Gen Cyber camp, including application information, please visit 
http://www.gencyber-ou.org/.
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SECS CORE Tutoring and Resource Center

The Tutoring and Resource Center opens its doors to Engineering and Computer Science students. Students are invited to utilize the Center for tutoring needs (group tutoring or one-on-one assistance), studying or homework completion. Tutors are available on-site to answer any questions or offer assistance.

The Tutoring and Resource Center located in 169 Engineering Center.

Tutoring is available for the following courses:

  • EGR 141
  • EGR 240
  • EGR 250
  • EGR 260
  • EGR 280

Potential tutors: If you have been successful in a CORE course recently, like to help people and make some money doing it, please apply to be a tutor for any of the above courses that you have a proven track record in. Research shows that students that can actually teach others retain information at far higher rates than those who do not, so this experience has the benefit of information retention as well.

For more information, contact Professor Kobus.