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West Texas A&M University

West Texas A&M Engineering Summer Program 2011

Project Leaders:Dr. Freddie Davis and Ms. Rhonda B. Dittfurth, Department of Engineering and Computer Science
Type of Program:Mixed-gender residential program for middle and high school students
Proposed Dates:12-17 June, 2011 (subject to change)
Website for ESP:http://www.wtamu.edu/academics/engineering-camp-2011.aspx

Program Curriculum:

The program will explore four main components of renewable energy and green technologies through the study of wind, solar, soil, and water engineering. Participants will receive instruction with regards to the use, research, exploration, challenges, and benefits of each component. Participants will learn about the technologies involved in engineering for renewable energy and technology as well as the manufacturing processes and requirements involved. Participants will use existing computer programs and will develop new software to make decisions that are favorable for optimal energy usage.

Four different types of engineers, mechanical, civil, electrical, and environmental engineers, will speak to the participants each day about what they do in their profession and will answer questions. One of the planned field trips will visit an area wind farm. The program will also be visiting the West Texas A&M Alternative Energy Institute (AEI) lab. Participants will be working with CAD software and will construct selected designs with the department's 3D printer. Participants will build their own wind turbine with an actual power application. In another session participants will learn about concrete, it's various uses, and types of mixes. Participants will be making papercrete, using newspaper as part of the formula. This will underscore recycling issues. Participants will assist in the conversion of a golf cart so it can be powered by solar energy.

Program Content and Activities:

  1. Project Presentation: To be done on Friday morning's assembly.
  2. Field Trips: At least one trip will be made to a wind farm. Dependent on funding the program may have one or two additional trips.
  3. Industry Site Visit: The program is still in the development stage of this.
  4. Panel or Luncheon Discussions with Professional Engineers and Scientists: Professional engineers will be opening each day's session with a seminar on their job duties.
  5. Parent/Guardian Information that Covers the Texas University Application Process, Financial Aid System, and Scholarship Opportunities: This will be included in the final morning session. Additionally a special session is being planned for the parents of participants on the final morning of the program.

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