“STEAM Labs Engineering Design Camp” 
2012 Summer Scholar’s Program Overview

Intensive hands on and fun filled Engineering Design summer camp, that  focuses on hands-on learning  and teaches students “design intuition through design implementation.”

Students at MSU work in teams and collaborate with students at   Arizona  State  University   and  Purdue  University   to  design, test, and  build a Goldberg Machine that relies on chain reaction to complete a task!!!
The $300 application fee, has been lowered to ONLY $50 thanks to the support from  iSTEMS.   Apply soon to reserve your slot!!!

Follow the links below for examples of Rube Goldberg Machines:   or

  • Summer Camp Dates (Session #1) : June 18 to June 22, 2012
  • Summer Camp Dates (Session #2) : July 16 to July 20, 2012
  • Summer Camp Hours: 9am – 5pm daily (FREE lunch provided!)
  • Application Deadline : June 4, 2012 (Only 20 slots available!)

This Science Technology Engineering  Arts and Mathematics 

(STEAM) Labs is one week summer camp that allows middle school, high school, and community college students from Baltimore City and County to experience engineering design by designing a Rube GoldbergTM machinewith a specific task: last year’s task was to  inflate and pop a balloon .

Rube Goldberg machines are chain-reaction devices that complete a simple task, such as replacing a light bulb, in overly complex ways. Students participate in a step-by-step engineering design exercise in which they designSTEAM lab machines, participate in design reviews, sometimes swap designs among teams, and finally buildtheir designs. During the one week summer camp, students will be challenged with learning and applying the Boston Museum of Science Engineering is Elementary® engineering design process using a curriculum that was developed at Purdue University. The machines that will be built by the MSU camp participants will sometimes have the added constraint that their parts must connect together across two camp sites, MSU and Arizona State University(ASU) using mobile phones, resulting in a machine that starts at one site (MSU or ASU) , progresses through a number of complex intermediate steps, and culminates by completing the final task at the final site (ASU or MSU). This unique curriculum is very effective at teaching engineering concepts to middleschool, high school, and community college students because it combines a strong foundation in the engineering design process with cutting-edge virtual teams research to create a new type of engineering team project-based learning environment. The camp also uses instructional styles that are both inquiry-based and differentiated to challenge learners with diverse levels of ability. To date, this curriculum has been successfully deployed in informal settings with 160 middle and high school students at 3 domestic and 1 international sites in 2010 and 2011.

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Click here to apply online!

Contact: Dr. Yacob Astatke, Program Director (443) 885-4208 (voice)
Contact: Mr. Jerry-Daryl Fletcher, Program Instructor (443) 885-4208 (voice)

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