DesignCamp Makes Science Fun for Middle- and High-School Students

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LOWELL, Mass. ߝ Robots, animatronic creatures and remote-controlled submarines. Those are just some of the hands-on projects that more than 500 middle and high school students will try their hands at during UMass Lowell’s DesignCamp this month.

Students in grades 5 through 11 from more than 85 communities in Massachusetts and New Hampshire will take part in DesignCamp’s four week-long sessions, which start Monday, July 7. Sixteen workshops are offered, including girls-only sessions and advanced, pre-engineering courses for high-schoolers, some of whom also serve as interns in the program.

Taught by experienced science and technology teachers from around the region, each workshop is built around a series of design projects, interesting activities and problems to solve. Sample projects include learning to design and build liquid-propelled rockets and hot-air balloons, and learning how forensic scientists solve crimes. Students also work on assistive technology projects. New workshops this year include advanced video game design and electronic fashion.

Supporters ߝ including Raytheon, the Noyce Foundation, Tyco Electronics, 3M Touch Systems, EMC, Millipore and Cabot Corp. ߝ fund a portion of the cost of providing DesignCamp workshops for all students, and also contribute scholarships for those who might not be able to participate otherwise.

UMass Lowell, with a national reputation in science, engineering and technology, is committed to educating students for lifelong success in a diverse world and conducting research and outreach activities that sustain the economic, environmental and social health of the region. UML offers its 12,000 students more than 120 degree choices, internships, five-year combined bachelor’s to master’s programs and doctoral studies in the colleges of Arts and Sciences, Engineering and Management, the School of Health and Environment, and the Graduate School of Education.