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Summer Engineering Academy

Summer Engineering Academy

The 2013 Summer Engineering Academy is designed for high school students (entering 11th and 12th grades) interested in pursuing science and engineering careers.
The academy intends to give students a broad exposure to engineering disciplines (chemical, civil, electrical and mechanical) by getting them involved with hands-on projects dealing with real life engineering issues. Weather permitting, participants will also have the opportunity to visit the STARLAB Portable Planetarium and use a variety of telescopes to observe
the night sky.

Chemical Engineering

Participants will design and operate controllers for a model chemical plant. Unit operations (such as mixing, heat exchange and distillation) will be built, tested and fitted with instrumentation.
The unit operations will then be configured for control by a distributed control system, including basic programming and development of the plant-operator interface.

Civil Engineering

Participants will be exposed to civil engineering structures by building balsa wood model bridges and building structures. The model bridges will be tested for weight to strength ratio.
The building structures will be tested for earthquake resistance.

Electrical Engineering

Participants will use the Basic Stamp Micro controller to build simple circuits and investigate a variety of electrical engineering principles by taking measurements using tabletop instruments such as oscilloscopes, power supplies and function generators and comparing their results to theory.

Mechanical Engineering

Participants will review basic mechanical engineering principles as they relate to model rockets (solid fuel and water propelled) and CO2 (carbon dioxide) propelled dragster cars.
Participants will use kits to build the rockets and the CO2 cars and test them in a wind tunnel before launch.


July 15 - August 2, 2013
McNeese State University

$1,000 per student (includes room and board, transportation during the camp and lab supplies)
$750 residential students

Daily Schedule:

• 7 - 8 a.m. - Breakfast
• 8 - noon - Lab Work
• Noon - 1 p.m. - Lunch
• 1- 4 p.m. - Lab Work
• 4 - 5 p.m. - Free Time
• 5 - 6 p.m. - Dinner
• 6 - 9 p.m. - Free Time
• 9 - 10 p.m. - Dorm Time
• 10 p.m. - Lights Out