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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
secsadvising@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
secsadvising@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) 370-3004

secsoutreach@oakland.edu 

Summer STEM Camps

Covid- 19 Response: 

Welcome to the School of Engineering and Computer Science 2021 Summer STEM Camps!

Oakland University’s School of Engineering and Computer Science is committed to ensuring the safety and health of our families, staff, and community. Covid-19 has impacted all of us and our daily lives, and due to this tremendous impact, we have developed new, fun and engaging virtual 2021 Summer Camps to combat the spread of Covid -19.

We thank you again for all of your support during these difficult times. 
 

 If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us at secsoutreach@oakland.edu



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).


Full-day camps are offered from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., half-day camps are offered 9 a.m. to 12 p.m., Monday through Friday, June 14 - August 13, 2021. Please pick up materials on a Friday prior to a camp start. 

Cost:
Full-Day Camp $295
Half-Day Camp $195

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 2021 summer STEM camps!
We are now using a new registration system! If you have any questions or issues with registration, please contact oupace@oakland.edu  
 
NEW FREE CAMP!  Camp Invention: Recharge at Home SOLD OUT
Offered to Kindergarten-6th grade students FREE of charge
Dates: July 19-23
In this high-energy adventure, campers will build and test a launching device to overcome challenges while exploring such physics concepts as trajectory and velocity. They will experiment with circuits and energy to create a robotic, solar-powered cricket inspired by biomimicry and to build fun-filled custom habitats.
 
Superhero Camp
Offered to Kindergarten-2nd grade students
Dates: NOT AVAILABLE IN 2021
I n this camp, kids will be exposed to numerous areas of engineering and science through a superhero-themed experience. They will partake in thermodynamics, physics, natural sciences, and engineering through developmentally appropriate activities. Students will learn to be creative and have fun while still engaging in STEM.

Alternative Energy
Offered to: Elementary School students June 21-25; Middle School students August 9-13; High School students July 26-30

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 June 28th - July 1stMiddle School students August 2-6; High School students June 21-25

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.

Equations in Math
Offered to: Elementary School students 
Dates: August 2-6

This course is inspired by and designed for elementary students (entering 3-5th grades in Fall 2021). Students will explore math concepts that are CCSS aligned and are found on the M-Step. Concepts include addition, subtraction, multiplication, division, and fractions. Methods taught include multiplication arrays, story problems, input-output tables, and other math reasoning concepts. Students will work in small groups for a personal touch, with some activities completed in a large-group setting. The course includes a math-based scavenger hunt at the end of the week. Students are provided with a binder containing their explorations completed throughout the week. Students work with their instructors to tailor instruction based on their needs and desired outcomes.

Elementary Coding Camp
Offered to: Elementary School students 
Dates: July 19-23 

This is an introductory coding course for elementary students (entering 3rd-5th grades in Fall 2021). Students will begin using Scratch and Tynker to learn the fundamentals of coding. They will begin with basic coding skills such as designing a maze and work their way up to learning how to design games, edit games, and also learn about possible careers in coding for the future. As the course progresses, students will have opportunities to use beginners-level HTML and Minecraft.  Students in this course will learn through activities that are both on and off the computer.  They will not be learning a specific language.    

Adventures in Coding I
Offered to: Middle School and High School students

Dates: July 19-23

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.

Programming Electro-Mechanical Gadgets
Offered to: Eighth graders and High School students

Dates: NOT AVAILABLE IN 2021

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.

Ground Robotics
Offered to: Elementary School and Middle School students 

Dates: NOT AVAILABLE IN 2021

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.

Bioengineering
Offered to: Elementary School students July 26-30; Middle School Students July 12-16

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 a model hand making and a virus simulation activity.  Students will be able to unleash their creativity in open-ended exercises and to take many of their creations home with them. 

Chemical Engineering (High School)

Offered to: High School students

Dates: July 19-23

This camp is designed for students who have an interest in Chemistry. Students explore atoms and molecules, chemical reactions, batteries, and the chemistry of color.  With a degree in Chemistry, one can work in a lab (research or quality control), study the environment, prepare for a career in medicine, or become a teacher. Modules will include assembling atom models, the clock reaction, making a battery cell, and separating the colors in leaves. We will also be doing demonstrations (i.e. making edible glass and plastic from milk).

Chemical Engineering

Offered to: Elementary Students July 6-9 ; Middle School students June 21-25

 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: 5th-6th grade students

Dates: NOT AVAILABLE IN 2021

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 green power.  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

Green Power Camp, Part 2
Offered to: 5th-6th grade students

Dates: NOT AVAILABLE IN 2021

Goblin Car Camp, Part 1, will build the Goblin car.  In Green Power Camp, 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 taken the summer prior does count as Part 1.

Analytical and Creative Problem-Solving for High School Students

Offered to: High School Students

Dates offered: August 9-13

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
Offered to: Middle School students

Dates: July 5 -9

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.

STEM Entrepreneurship Camp
Offered to: Middle School and High School students  

Dates: NOT AVAILABLE in 2021

The main focus of this camp is to have students design a product and build a prototype. Throughout the week, they will learn about focus groups and market survey analysis, as they use them to improve on their designs. They will also create their own advertisements, and use the information provided in order to decide how to best present their products in an elevator pitch. On the last day of class, the students will present their product idea to their peers, parents, and staff.

Mathematics and Physics in Engineering
Offered to: Middle School students July 26-30; High School students July 12-16

This camp is designed around Mechanical Engineering concepts. Students will learn various concepts of physics, such as the laws of motion, force, acceleration, velocity and energy conversion and conservation.  They will use these ideas to construct their own working static and dynamic mechanical structures such as, bridges, catapults, and hydraulic machines. They will use mathematical equations and formulas to develop and optimize their structures. 

Computer Science 

Offered to: Middle and High School students

Dates:  June 14-18

This camp is designed for students who have an interest in computer science. Students will learn computer programming, website coding and development, app development for mobile devices, 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 and to take their creations home with them on a memory stick.

Minecraft Basic 

Offered to: Elementary School (2-5) and Middle School students

Dates: June 14-18; July 12-16; August 9-13

This course is for students who are only somewhat familiar with Minecraft, either from using it online or in a video game. Students will spend each day in a lab playing the game, but with an educational component to each challenge. For instance, the concept of distributed loads through trusses will be introduced before a bridge-building challenge, etc. Students will be encouraged to share what they created at the end of each day. Parents and guardians will be welcome to attend this sharing.

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 Bianca Bryant bbryant@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 Bianca Bryant bbryant@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/.