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STEM Camps
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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).

All camps generally run from 8:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m., unless otherwise specified. Lunch is provided.

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.



ACT Math Prep

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.  

Additive Manufacturing

Additive Manufacturing

• 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.


Algebra I Readiness

Algebra I Readiness

• Aug. 10 — 14

Level: 7th to 10th grade

This mathematics course is for students from 7th grade to 10th grade students struggling in math. Employing a “problem-based classroom” teaching approach, the instructor will give students a binder 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).  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

Computer Science

Computer Science

Aug. 10-14

Level: Middle School, High School

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.



Engineering Exploration

Engineering Exploration

• August 3 — 7

Level: Elementary, Middle School, High School

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.   

Ground Robotics

Ground Robotics

• Aug. 3-7

Level: Elementary, Middle School, High School

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. 

Minecraft

Minecraft

Aug. 3 — 7

Level: Elementary, Middle School

This course is for students whom are familiar with Minecraft 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 Minecraft 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.

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

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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.