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Registration open for IUPUI’s engineering and IT summer camps


INDIANAPOLIS — The Purdue School of Engineering and Technology at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis announced that registration is open for two summer camps and the summer Minority Engineering Advancement Program.

Applications are being accepted for POWER Camp and WinIT Camp — weeklong residential camps for young women in high school.

The 10th annual Preparing Outstanding Women for Engineering Roles Summer Camp, July 12 to 18, is designed for young women interested in learning more about what engineers do and determining whether it might be a career path for them. This Sunday-through-Saturday camp gives students the opportunity to explore engineering through hands-on experiences.

 Guided by current engineering students, campers will conduct experiments, innovate, make cool stuff, take things apart and then put them back together again. Campers will have opportunities to meet a diverse group of professional female engineers and young college women aspiring to be engineers.

 At this year’s camp, students will use the VEX Robotics Design System to build innovative robots designed to score the most points possible in qualification matches, elimination matches and skills challenges. The camp also features a design activity and 3-D printing lab tour, heart monitoring, a recycling fashion show and a campus scavenger hunt. Students will visit Eskenazi Health and Roche Diagnostics and will participate in visits on campus with industry representatives from Cummins, Raytheon and Rolls-Royce.

 The WinIT Camp — Women in Technology — also July 12 to 18, is designed for young women interested in a technology career. Two of the top five jobs of the future in Indiana are focused on IT, making it a career worth exploring.

 Campers learn about current technologies and meet with college students, faculty and female IT professionals. Fun workshops include “Coding for Girls,” Web design, 3-D printing, Photoshop, developing mobile applications, and configuring and securing your computer.

Applications and payment must be received by June 1 to secure a spot in either camp.

 The Minority Engineering Advancement Program is for students who have completed sixth through 11th grades. This daytime program, held on the IUPUI campus, provides an opportunity for minority students who are interested in math and science to explore educational and career paths in the fields of engineering and technology.

Students are introduced to many university and industry areas as they participate in hands-on engineering and technology activities. The program also familiarizes students with engineering and technology prerequisites that help with middle school and high school preparation for entrance into a college or university on a technical track. 

Workshop 1, July 13 to 17, is designed for seventh-grade returning students and eighth-grade new students and returning students. Workshop 2, July 27 to 31, is for sixth- and seventh-graders who are new to the program.

The Minority Engineering Advancement Program also introduces students to successful role models from industry and educational fields who serve as counselors and mentors. In addition to interaction with faculty and staff and exposure to industrial settings, the program includes a focus on computer instruction in the areas of hardware, software and graphics.

All forms and payment must be received by May 29 to secure a spot in the camp.