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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.

 

 

STEM Camps
REGISTRATION IS OPEN. Sign up today for 2015 Summer STEM Camps.

 

2015 Summer 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). The 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; including:

 

VEX Robotics

July 6 — 10, July 27 — 31

This introductory-level camp is for students whom 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 claw bot and allow them to build in groups of 2 to 5 depending on class size. Once the robots are built, the instructors will teach basic RobotC programming. Students will work as they learn. Instructors will teach concepts and ideas as needed by each group. The camp will be a 5-day, all day camp on the campus of Oakland University. Student success will be heavily dependent upon their commitment to excellence while in class. The admissions process will depend on the number of students who apply.

In this camp, students will:

  • Design and build the robot to complete certain specifications for certain challenges.
  • Program the robots using RobotC.
  • Compete against one another in a team atmosphere.
  • Learn to apply autonomous features on the robot. 

 

Algebra I Readiness

Aug. 10 — 14

This mathematics course is for students from 7th grade to 10th grade students who are struggling in math.  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 boards and with their peers and instructor(s).  Students will work as they learn. Instructors will teach concepts and ideas as needed by the students.  Students who struggled in a previous algebra I course or pre-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.  The course will be administered over five days, Monday through Friday, all day on the campus of Oakland University.  Student success will be heavily dependent upon their commitment to excellence while in class.  

Students will:

  • Practice and review concepts and objectives covered in an Algebra I course.
  • Explore deeper-thinking Algebra I problems using a step-by-step problem-based learning approach.
  • Be encouraged to actively participate and be hands-on in this camp.
  • Explain their thinking to the instructors and their peers.
  • Learn while doing math problems.
  • Be encouraged to ask questions to ensure their understanding of the material.  

 

Algebra II Readiness

July 27 — 31

This mathematics course is for students from 9th grade to 12th grade students 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 boards, with their peers, and with the instructor(s).  Students will work as they learn.  Students will be encouraged to actively participate and be hands-on in this camp.  Instructors will teach concepts and ideas as needed by the students.  Students who struggled in a previous algebra II course or algebra I 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.  The course will be administered over five days, Monday through Friday, all day on the campus of Oakland University.  Student success will be heavily dependent upon their commitment to excellence while in class.  

Students will:

  • Practice and review concepts and objectives covered in an Algebra II course.
  • Explore deeper-thinking Algebra II problems using a step-by-step problem-based learning approach.
  • Be encouraged to actively participate and be hands-on in this camp.
  • Explain their thinking to the instructors and their peers.
  • Learn while doing math problems.
  • Be encouraged to ask questions to ensure their understanding of the material.  

 

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

July 13 — 17

This camp is for middle school students whom 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. Students will work as they learn.  The other half of the day, students will be taught numerous types of computer programming.  Students will be encouraged to actively participate and be hands-on in this camp.  Students will be encouraged to ask questions to ensure their understanding of the material.  Instructors will teach concepts and ideas as needed by the students.  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 students interests.  The course will be administered over five days, Monday through Friday, all day on the campus of Oakland University.  Student success will be heavily dependent upon their commitment to excellence while in class.  

Students will:

  • Solve challenging story problems analytically, graphically, and numerically.
  • Work in teams to apply mathematical skills to real-life problems and situations.
  • Study and apply different computer programming languages.  

 

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

July 20 — 24

This camp is for high school students whom 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. Students will work as they learn.  The other half of the day, students will be taught numerous types of computer programming.  Students will be encouraged to actively participate and be hands-on in this camp.  Students will be encouraged to ask questions to ensure their understanding of the material.  Instructors will teach concepts and ideas as needed by the students.  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 students interests.  The course will be administered over five days, Monday through Friday, all day on the campus of Oakland University.  Student success will be heavily dependent upon their commitment to excellence while in class.  

Students will:

  • Solve challenging story problems analytically, graphically, and numerically.
  • Work in teams to apply mathematical skills to real-life problems and situations.
  • Study and apply different computer programming languages.  

 

ACT Math Prep

Aug. 3 — 7

This higher-level course is for the serious student who has an interest in preparing for the ACT exam.  Employing a “problem-based classroom” teaching approach, the instructor will give the students a binder full of ACT practice problems.  Students will complete problems in pairs and review them on the boards and with their peers.  They will also review the material with the instructor.  Students will work as they learn.  Instructors will teach concepts and ideas as needed by the students.   The type of problems will be based on the ACT curriculum and student needs.  The course is administered over five days, Monday through Friday from 9 AM to 12 PM on the campus of Oakland University.  Student success will be heavily dependent upon their commitment to excellence while in class.  The admissions process will depend on the grade level of the student and how soon they will be taking the exam.

Material in this camp will:  

  • Review all levels on mathematics that will be on the ACT exam.
  • Include approximately 60-80 ACT math practice problems.
  • Be based on student needs and concerns.  

 

Ground Robotics

June 22 — 26, July 13 — 17

This introductory-level camp is for students whom are new to robotics.  Students will work with Lego Mindstorms and VEX Robots.  The Mindstorms will introduce basic block programing.  With the VEX Robot, students will begin by building the basic clawbot and work with the remote controlled robot to compete in a team-based activity against other teams in the camp.  Students will then be challenged to adjust their VEX robot to do another type challenge.  Once the students are comfortable with building and adjusting their robot, the instructors will begin teach basic RobotC programming. Students will work as they learn. Instructors will teach concepts and ideas as needed by each group. The camp will be a 5-day, all day camp on the campus of Oakland University. Student success will be heavily dependent upon their commitment to excellence while in class. The admissions process will depend on the number of students who apply.

In this camp, students will:

  • Build and program Lego Mindstorms.
  • Design and build the basic VEX clawbot.
  • Be introduced to RobotC programming on the VEX robot.
  • Compete against one another in a team atmosphere.

 

Engineering Exploration

June 15 — 19, 22 — 26, June 29 — July 3

July 6— 10, 13 — 17, 20 — 24

This camp is designed for students whom are new to our summer camps and engineering concepts.  Different types of engineering are introduced in a hands-on manner.  Students will spend each day do labs and activities designed to get them thinking like engineers.  For example, students will build Edison Light Bulbs with mason jars, graphite, and batteries.  Students will be encouraged to actively participate and be hands-on in this camp.  Students will also be encouraged to ask questions to ensure their understanding of the material.  Instructors will model concepts and ideas as needed by the students.  The course will be administered over five days, Monday through Friday, all day on the campus of Oakland University.  Student success will be heavily dependent upon their commitment to excellence while in class.  

Students will:

  • Be exposed to different types of Engineering concepts and careers.
  • Complete hands-on labs and activities that involve math, science, engineering and technology.
  • Be introduced to mechanical, chemical, electrical, and computer science engineering fields.  

 

Minecraft

June 22 —26, July 20 — 24, Aug. 3 — 7

This course is for students whom are familiar with Mindcraft either from using it online or in a video game. Students will spend each day in a lab playing the game.  Students will be encouraged to actively participate and be hands-on in the program.  Students will also be encouraged to ask questions to ensure their success in the challenges.  Instructors will model concepts and ideas as needed by the students.  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.  The course will be administered over five days, Monday through Friday, all day on the campus of Oakland University.  Student success will be heavily dependent upon their commitment to excellence while in class.  

In this camp, students will:

  • Build worlds in the Mindcraft computer program.
  • Be given a specific challenge for each day.  Design and create a world to complete the challenge
  • Compete against one another in a team atmosphere.
  • Present what they have created at the end of each day.

 

Electrical Engineering

June 29 — July 3, July 27 — 31

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 do labs and activities designed to get them thinking like electrical engineers.  For example, students will work with “Little Bits” electronic kits to design and build electronic modules.  Students will be encouraged to actively participate and be hands-on in this camp.  Students will also be encouraged to ask questions to ensure their understanding of the material.  Instructors will model concepts and ideas as needed by the students.  The course will be administered over five days, Monday through Friday, all day on the campus of Oakland University.  Student success will be heavily dependent upon their commitment to excellence while in class.  

Students will:

  • Be exposed to different types of electrical engineering concepts and careers.
  • Complete hands-on labs and activities that involve math, science, engineering and technology.
  • Use “Little Bits” electronic kits to design and build electronic modules.

 

Mechanical Engineering

June 22 — 26, July 13 — 17

This camp is designed for students who have an interest in mechanical engineering.  Aspects of mechanical engineering are introduced in a hands-on manner.  Students will spend each day do labs and activities designed to get them thinking like mechanical engineers. For example, students will build roller coasters to study velocity and acceleration. Students will be encouraged to actively participate and be hands-on in this camp.  Students will also be encouraged to ask questions to ensure their understanding of the material.  Instructors will model concepts and ideas as needed by the students.  The course will be administered over five days, Monday through Friday, all day on the campus of Oakland University.  Student success will be heavily dependent upon their commitment to excellence while in class.  

Students will:

  • Be exposed to different types of mechanical engineering concepts and careers.
  • Complete hands-on labs and activities that involve math, science, engineering and technology.
  • Topics will include:  alternative energy, energy of motion, and structural integrity.  

 

Aerial Robotics

June 29 — July 3

Students will get a quick intro to robotics, microprocessor controllers, basic programming, and measurement and control instrumentation. They will both construct aerial vehicles of the quad-rotor variety as well as learn best practices on how to fly these machines within line-of-site. Flight scenarios will be run such as construction inspection, people finder, and coordinating missions.

 

Computer Science

June 29 — July 3, July 6 — 10

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.

 

Additive Manufacturing

July 27 — 31, Aug. 10 ‚ 14

Cutting edge manufacturing processes will be introduced through involved hands-on experiences that include designing and troubleshooting an assembly line, PLM (Product Lifecyle 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.

 

OUInc Entrepreneurship Academy

July 6 — 10

Students during this week will get industrial presentations on the cutting edge technological advancements of our age with a focus on technology in energy, health sciences, biotech and IT. These modules will be delivered by industry leaders with a global perspective. Students will be put together in groups and these teams will choose a technological innovation of their own making, learn about the industry, formulate a business plan and by the end of the week present their business idea to a mock investment review board that will give the teams feedback. Prizes will be awarded for best groups ideas.

 

Sign up TODAY for 2015 Summer STEM Camps.

Questions? To learn more about Oakland University's Summer STEM Camps, e-mail SECSOutreach@oakland.edu.

Bioengineering & Biomedical
Science Camp

Bioengineering and Biomedical Sciences Summer Program
June 22 - July 2, 2015

A Summer camp where high school students can explore their interest in biomedical sciences and bioengineering. Oakland University William Beaumont School of Medicine and School of Engineering and Computer Sciences faculty members teamed up to create an instructional, hands-on experience in biomedical sciences and human anatomy for the Bioengineering and Biomedical Sciences Summer Program.

Students participate in demonstrations and use technology to discover the multiple systems and processes of the human body. The experience meets the academically focused components of Science, Technology, Engineering, Math and Medicine (STEMM).

For application and instructions, contact Kim Martin at diversity.med@oakland.edu or or visit the OUWB website.