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Outreach Programs

STEM Camps

Oakland University's School of Engineering and Computer Science offers one-week camps for upper elementary, middle school, and high schools for students who do or might have an interest in Science, Technology, Engineering and/or Mathematics (STEM).

Students will be taken through a series of hands-on, student-centered experiences where they will learn a little bit about what each of the engineering fields do, build and test equipment and conduct experiments in the various disciplines that include all of STEM. Click on the camps below to learn more information.

 

2016 Camp Descriptions

Camps are offered 8 a.m. – 3 p.m., Monday through Friday on the campus of Oakland University. Students should be dropped off and picked up in the Atrium of the Engineering Center. 

For questions regarding the 2016
Summer STEM Camps, please e-mail mrdonoghue@oakland.edu.

Cost: $395 per camp. Buffet lunch provided daily. 

REGISTER TODAY FOR 2016 SUMMER STEM CAMPS

Elementary School:  Grades 3 through 5
Middle School:  Grades 6 through 8
High School:  Grades 9 through 12
 

Engineering Exploration

Level(s): Elementary, Middle, and High School Levels

Date(s):  Aug. 1-5, Aug. 8-12

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 STEM disciplines. For example, students will build Edison Light Bulbs with mason jars, graphite, and batteries, or put together analog circuits, or write computer code for a certain purpose, or make slime to learn about physical and chemical reactions.  These lab exercises are designed to be informative and fun, with a big ‘wow’ factor attached.

 

Computer Science Basic

Level(s):  Middle and High School

Date(s):  Aug. 1-5 (Note: Only offered for middle school students for this week)

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 throughout the week, and be able to take their creations home with them on a memory stick.

  

Ground Robotics

Level(s):  Elementary, Middle, High School

Date(s):  Aug. 1-5

This introductory-level camp is for students who are new to robotics.  Students will work with Lego Mindstorms and VEX Robots depending on grade level and capability.  The Mindstorm will introduce basic GUI (Graphical User Interface) programming. 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, 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

Date(s):  July 25-29, Aug. 15-19

This introductory-level 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.

Employing a “project-based classroom” teaching approach, the instructor will give the students the directions for building the basic clawbot and allow them to build in groups of two to five, depending on class size. Once the robots are built, the instructors will teach RobotC programming.

 

Bio-Engineering

Level(s):  Elementary, Middle, and High School

Date(s):  Aug. 15-19

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.

 

Additive Manufacturing

Level(s): Middle and High School

Date(s): August 8-12

Cutting edge manufacturing processes will be introduced through involved hands-on experiences that include designing and troubleshooting an assembly line, PLM (Product Lifecycle Management), CAD software, human/machine interaction, process optimization, and rapid prototyping. Class projects will include 3D printing of parts to be assembled into a working model.

Minecraft Camps

Level(s): Elementary and Middle School

Date(s): August 15-19

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.

 

Math Camps

Math Camp Descriptions

Math camps, which are held in partnership with the Department of Mathematics and Statisticsare offered 8 a.m. – 3 p.m., Monday through Friday on the campus of Oakland University. Students should be dropped off and picked up in the Atrium of the Engineering Center. 

For questions regarding the 2016 Summer STEM Camps, please e-mail mrdonoghue@oakland.edu.

REGISTER TODAY FOR 2016 SUMMER STEM CAMPS

Advanced Mathematical Problem-Solving and Computer Science for High School Students

Dates:  Aug. 15-19

This camp is for middle and high school students who are advanced in mathematics. Employing a “problem-based classroom” teaching approach, the instructor will give the students challenging problems. Students will spend half of the day working through story problems that will involve different math, science,engineering, critical-thinking and problem-solving skills. Students will complete the problems in pairs and review them on the boards with their instructors and peers. They will be taught numerous types of computer programming for the purpose of problem solving.  Students who consistently do well in STEM areas and seem to enjoy these classes would be a good fit for this camp.  The type of problems will be based on the math common core curriculum and student interests.

 

Advanced Mathematical Problem-Solving and Computer Science for Middle School Students

Dates:  Aug. 8-12

This camp is for middle and high school students who are advanced in mathematics. Employing a “problem-based classroom” teaching approach, the instructor will give the students challenging problems. Students will spend half of the day working through story problems that will involve different math, science,engineering, critical-thinking and problem-solving skills. Students will complete the problems in pairs and review them on the boards with their instructors and peers. They will be taught numerous types of computer programming for the purpose of problem solving.  Students who consistently do well in STEM areas and seem to enjoy these classes would be a good fit for this camp.  The type of problems will be based on the math common core curriculum and student interests.


Algebra I Readiness

Dates:  Aug. 8-12 

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

 

Algebra II Readiness

Dates:  July 25-29 

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


Algebra I Accelerator Camp

Dates:  Aug. 15-19 

This mathematics course is for students from 6th grade to 12thgrade who are proficient in mathematics and want to get a head start with Algebra I. Employing a“problem-based classroom” teaching approach, the instructor willgive the students a binder full of Algebra I practice problems, more advanced and deeper than those in the Readiness camps.  Students will complete problems individually and in pairs. Then they will present themon the board to their peers and the instructors having to explain all of the steps in each problem.  This camp is very student-centered and will be focused on running through as many problems as possible. Students whoexcel at math subjects would be a good fit forthis camp.

 

Algebra II Accelerator Camp

Dates:  Aug. 1-5

This mathematics course is for students from 6th grade to 12th grade who are proficient in mathematics and want to get a head start with Algebra II. Employing a“problem-based classroom” teaching approach, the instructor will give the students a binder full of Algebra II practice problems, more advanced and deeper than those in the Readiness camps.  Students will complete problems individually and in pairs. Then they will present them on the board to their peers and the instructors having to explain all of the steps in each problem.  This camp is very student-centered and will be focused on running through as many problems as possible. Students who excel at math subjects would be a good fit for this camp.


Geometry Readiness Camp

Dates:  July 25-29

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.


Geometry Accelerator Camp

Dates:  August 1-5 

This mathematics course is for students from 6th grade to 12th grade who are proficient in mathematics and want to get a head start with Geometry.  Employing a“problem-based classroom” teaching approach, the instructor will give the students a binder full of Geometry practice problems, more advanced and deeper than those in the Readiness camps.  Students will complete problems individually and in pairs. Then they will present them on the board to their peers and the instructors having to explain all of the steps in each problem.  This camp is very student-centered and will be focused on running through as many problems as possible.   Specific strategies and activities designed to help students understand to construct proofs will be included in the camp.  Students who excel at math subjects would be a good fit for this camp.



Pre-Algebra Readiness Camp

Dates:  August 15-19 

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.

GenCyber
Camp

GenCyber 2016 Oakland University

Dates:

  • Grades 4-6 (exiting), week 2 (July 18 until July 22).
  • Grades 7-9 (exiting), week 1 (July 25 until July 29).
  • Grades 7-9 (exiting), week 2 (August 01 until August 05).
  • Grades 10-12 (exiting), week 1 (August 08 until August 12).
  • Grades 10-12 (exiting), week 2 (August 15 until August 19).

The GenCyber program at Oakland University is a comprehensive and activity-based summer camp program that delivers substantive cybersecurity training to upper elementary (4th, 5th and 6th grades), middle school, and high school students in Detroit Urban Area (Macomb county, Oakland county and Wayne county). The program does not require any prior cybersecurity and computer knowledge or experience, or prior GenCyber program participation. Since cybersecurity is playing a more important role in economy and society, it is very important to provide all students the educational opportunity in cybersecurity to succeed in this world. The program divides students into three categories according to their grades (exiting) for total of six weeks (one week offered for each applicant). This summer camp program has a lot of activities that will benefit the students' personal life, economy, and society of the Detroit Urban Area and the United States.

This summer camp program is the first and only one in Michigan. To learn more visit gencyber-ou.org.

Mentor Training
Program

Vex-EDR Robotics Coachers/Teachers/Mentor Training

Date: August 13, 2016

Maximum Number of Participants: 25

Where: Engineering Center 360

Time(s): 8:00 am to 4:00 pm

Cost: $100

Description:

Participants will explore and create programs for a VexEDR robot using RobotC-Graphical interface. For participants ready to go beyond the Graphical interface, the RobotC-Standard interface will be available. Using encoders, buttons, limit switches and distance sensors, the class will explore how to crate winning programs to compete in the Programming Challenge for Vex Competitions. The programming skills will also be applied to assist drivers to more efficiently accomplish their team's tasks.

Gyroscopes will be available for participants who master the simpler sensors.



Vex-IQ Robotics Coachers/Teachers/Mentor Training

Date: August 14, 2016

Maximum Number of Participants: 25

Where: Engineering Center 360

Time(s): 8:00 am to 4:00 pm

Cost: $100

Description:

Participants will explore and create programs for a VexIQ robot using RobotC-Graphical interface. For participants ready to go beyond the Graphical interface, the RobotC-Standard interface will be available.  Using encoders, buttons, limit switches and distance sensors, the class will explore how to crate winning programs to compete in the Programming Challenge for Vex Competitions. The programming skills will also be applied to assist drivers to more efficiently accomplish their team's tasks.

tutoring
center

SECS CORE Tutoring and Resource Center

Struggling to be successful in an SECS CORE course? Tutoring (group and 1-on-1) available at our new Tutoring and Resource Center located in 114 DHE.

Tutoring 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

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Christopher J. Kobus, Ph.D.  
Director of Outreach 
and Recruitment 
(248) 370-2489

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.