Rowan Engineering Hosts Summer Camps

The Henry M. Rowan College of Engineering held in-person summer camps once again after a one-year hiatus due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The College hosted three camps for students spanning primary and secondary school age groups.

Rowan's Introduction for Students to Engineering (RISE) was a four-day workshop that featured laboratory clinics, hands-on engineering activities, and mentoring by the College’s professors and students. Students from high schools throughout the region worked in Rowan Engineering laboratories on projects such as the design/build/test of concrete canoes, biodiesel efficacy and verification, and modeling circuitry with CAD software and arduinos (Open-source electronic prototyping platform enabling users to create interactive electronic objects).  An engineering student panel culminated the program and provided an interactive discussion and glimpse into both engineering academics and campus life as experienced by current Rowan engineering students.

At the RISE Jr. camp, fourth and fifth graders explored engineering for the first time at this summer camp series.  Campers were introduced to the “Ask, Imagine, Plan, Create, Improve” design process and got a real glimpse of Engineering through hands-on projects. Those projects included, 3D design and printing of AmongUs characters as well as engineering their own rockets, stomping them to new heights. This was the first RISE Jr camp and will now become an annual summer offering to engage, excite, and empower our youngest engineers.

The 21st annual Attracting Women into Engineering (AWE) program was held in conjunction with BEST (Boys’ Engineering Science and Technology Program) for four summer mornings in July at the College. Middle schoolers toured the engineering buildings and laboratories and then focused on hands-on learning and the design/build/test theory through engineering projects. Those projects included, bottle rockets and human body engineering while working with like-minded peers on a lunar capsule and then hearing an encouraging talk by a current NASA engineer ending with an engaging Q&A session.