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Outreach Programs

Summer STEM Camps

Oakland University’s School of Engineering and Computer Science offers weekly programs for upper elementary, middle and high school students who want to explore their interest in Science, Technology, Engineering and/or Mathematics (STEM).

Students are taken through a series of hands-on, student-centered experiences where they learn a little bit about each of the engineering fields. Students build and test equipment and conduct experiments in the various STEM disciplines.

 

2017 Summer Camp Descriptions

Registration is open. Please click on the camp name to register for camp.

Weeklong summer day camps are offered Mondays through Fridays in June, July and August from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. on the campus of Oakland University.

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NEW FOR 2017

Oakland University is offering an overnight Engineering Exploration Residential Camp from June 25 to 30. Students will spend each day at camp and experience other on-campus activities in the evening.

Oakland University also offers Custom Camps. Enabled by our curricula, we provide a camp and activities that fit your goal for STEM enrichment. Tell us your program goals and we deliver. Custom groups can be tailored for groups of 12 or more. Dates TBD. To learn more about Custom Camps, please email mrdonoghue@oakland.edu.

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Students should be dropped off and picked up in the Atrium of the Engineering Center. 



Full descriptions, including dates offered, are listed below.

For questions regarding the 2017 Summer STEM Camps, please email mrdonoghue@oakland.edu.

Day camp cost: $395
Camps the week of July 5-7: $237
Residential camp cost: $895
Elementary School:  Grades 3 through 5
Middle School:  Grades 6 through 8
High School:  Grades 9 through 12
  

DAY PROGRAMS

Advanced Mathematical Problem-Solving and Computer Science for High School Students

August 14 – 18

Open to high school students

This camp is for students who are advanced in mathematics. Employing a “problem-based classroom” teaching approach, the instructor will give the students challenging problems. Students will spend half of the day working through story problems that will involve different math, science, engineering, critical-thinking and problem-solving skills. Students will complete the problems in pairs and review them on the boards with their instructors and peers. They will be taught numerous types of computer programming for the purpose of problem solving. Students who consistently do well in STEM areas and seem to enjoy these classes would be a good fit for this camp. The type of problems will be based on the math common core curriculum and student interests.

Advanced Mathematical Problem-Solving and Computer Science for Middle School Students

August 7 – 11

Open to middle school students

This camp is for students who are advanced in mathematics. Employing a “problem-based classroom” teaching approach, the instructor will give the students challenging problems. Students will spend half of the day working through story problems that will involve different math, science, engineering, critical-thinking and problem-solving skills. Students will complete the problems in pairs and review them on the boards with their instructors and peers. They will be taught numerous types of computer programming for the purpose of problem solving. Students who consistently do well in STEM areas and seem to enjoy these classes would be a good fit for this camp. The type of problems will be based on the math common core curriculum and student interests.

 

Algebra I Readiness

August 7 – 11

Open to middle and high school students

This mathematics course is for students from grades 6-12 who are struggling with Algebra I. Employing a “problem-based classroom” teaching approach, the instructor will give the students a binder full of Algebra I practice problems. Students will complete problems in pairs. Then they will review them on the board, with their peers, and with the instructors. Instructors will teach concepts and ideas as needed by the students, but this camp will be focused on running through as many practice problems as possible. Students who struggled in a previous Algebra I course would be a good fit for this camp. The type of problems will be based on the Algebra I and II common core curriculum and student needs.

 

Algebra II Readiness

July 31 – August 4

Open to middle and high school students

This mathematics course is for students from grades 6-12 who are struggling with Algebra II. Employing a “problem-based classroom” teaching approach, the instructor will give the students a binder full of Algebra II practice problems. Students will complete problems in pairs. Then they will review them on the board, with their peers, and with the instructors. Instructors will teach concepts and ideas as needed by the students, but this camp will be focused on running through as many practice problems as possible. Students who struggled in a previous Algebra II course would be a good fit for this camp. The type of problems will be based on the Algebra II common core curriculum and student needs.

Analogue and Digital Circuits

July 24 – 28

Open to upper elementary, middle and high school students

This camp is designed for students who have an interest in electrical engineering. Aspects of electrical engineering are introduced in a hands-on manner. Students will spend each day doing lab activities designed to get them thinking about electrical engineering. For example, students will work with “Little Bits” electronic kits to design and build analog circuit modules, from basic series and parallel circuits to more complex ones like op amps. On the digital side, they will learn binary code and digital logic to put together rudimentary digital circuits.

 

Bioengineering

June 26 – 30, August 14 – 18

Open to upper elementary, middle and high school students

This camp is designed for students who have an interest in Bioengineering. Students will get an overview of what Bioengineering is and how it is used in the real world. Modules will include making a model hand and a virus simulation activity. Students will be able to unleash their creativity in open-ended exercises throughout the week, and be able to take many of their creations home with them.

 

Computer Science Advanced

July 5 – 7, July 17 – 21

Open to middle and high school students

This camp is for students who have already attended a computer science camp, or are themselves advanced computer programmers. Topics will be more challenging and continue into deeper programming concepts. Higher-level programming languages will be covered and there will be programming challenges throughout the camp. IT security and hacking will be covered in this camp as well.

 

Computer Science Basic

June 26 – 30, July 31 – August 4

Open to middle and high school students

This camp is designed for students who have an interest in computer science. Students will learn computer programming, website coding and development, app development for mobile devices, and video game design. Modules will include straight programming as well as GUI object-oriented programming. Students will be able to unleash their creativity in open-ended exercises throughout the week, and be able to take their creations home with them on a memory stick.

  

Energy and Structures

July 31 – August 4

Open to upper elementary, middle and high school students

This camp is designed for students who have an interest in mechanical engineering.

Students will be introduced to a variety of disciplinary topics including building roller coasters to study energy conversion, velocity and acceleration, building and testing wind anemometers and turbine blades, energy management topics in homes, energy conservation, making and testing battery cells, and other relevant project-based topics.

 

Engineering Exploration

June 12 – 16, June 19 - 23, July 5 – 7, July 10 - 14, July 24 – 28, August 7 – 11

Open to upper elementary, middle and high school students

This camp is designed for students who are new to our summer camps and want to learn about the full variety of core STEM concepts. Different types of engineering are introduced each day in a hands-on, student-centered manner. Students will spend each day performing lab experiments and activities designed to give them a broad view of STEM disciplines. For example, students will build Edison Light Bulbs with mason jars, graphite, and batteries, or put together analog circuits, or write computer code for a certain purpose, or make slime to learn about physical and chemical reactions. These lab exercises are designed to be informative and fun, with a big ‘wow’ factor attached.

 

Geometry Readiness Camp

July 31 – August 4

This mathematics course is for students from grades 6-12 who are struggling with Geometry. Employing a “problem-based classroom” teaching approach, the instructor will give the students a binder full of Geometry practice problems. Students will complete problems in pairs. Specific strategies and activities designed to help students understand to construct proofs will be included in the camp. Instructors will teach concepts and ideas as needed by the students, but this camp will be focused on running through as many practice problems as possible. Students who struggled in a previous Geometry or Algebra I course would be a good fit for this camp. The type of problems will be based on the Geometry common core curriculum and student needs.

 

Ground Robotics

June 19 – 23 (elementary only), June 26 – 30 (middle school only), July 10 – 14 (high school only), July 17 – 21 (elementary only), July 31 – August 4 (middle school only), August 7 – 11 (high school only)

Open to upper elementary, middle and high school students

This introductory-level camp is for students who are new to robotics. Students will work with Lego Mindstorms and VEX Robots depending on grade level and capability. The Mindstorm will introduce basic GUI (Graphical User Interface) programing. With VEX, students will begin by building the basic clawbot and work with the remote controlled robot to compete in a team-based activities against other teams. Students will then be challenged to adjust their VEX robot to do other types of challenges. Once the students are comfortable with building and adjusting their robot, the instructors will begin teaching basic RobotC programming. Students will work as they learn. Instructors will teach concepts and ideas as needed by each group.

 

Minecraft

June 19 – 23, July 10-14, August 14 – 18

Open to upper elementary and middle school students

This course is for students who are only somewhat familiar with Minecraft, either from using it online or in a video game. Students will spend each day in a lab playing the game, but with an educational component to each challenge. For instance, the concept of distributed loads through trusses will be introduced before a bridge-building challenge, etc. Students will be encouraged to share what they created at the end of each day. Parents and guardians will be welcome to attend this sharing.

 

Pre-Algebra Readiness Camp

August 14 – 18

Open to middle and high school students

This mathematics course is for students from grades 6-9 who are struggling in their math courses. Employing a “problem-based classroom” teaching approach, the instructor will give the students a binder full of pre-algebra practice problems. Skills needed to work with fractions, integers, expressions, equations, and graphs will be a big part of this camp. Students will complete problems in pairs. Then they will review them on the board, with their peers, and with the instructors. Specific strategies and activities designed to help students understand to construct proofs will be included in the camp. Instructors will teach concepts and ideas as needed by the students, but this camp will be focused on running through as many practice problems as possible. Students who struggled in a previous Geometry or Algebra I course would be a good fit for this camp. The type of problems will be based on the Geometry common core curriculum and student needs.

 

VEX Robotics

July 24-28, August 14 – 18

Open to middle and high school students

This introductory-level camp is for students who are currently on a VEX Robotics team or plan to be on one this upcoming school year. The curriculum in this camp will be designed in collaboration with the Robotics Education & Competition (REC) Foundation. Employing a “project-based classroom” teaching approach, the instructor will give the students the directions for building the basic clawbot and allow them to build in groups of two to five, depending on class size. Once the robots are built, the instructors will teach RobotC programming.

  

 

RESIDENTIAL PROGRAM

 

Engineering Exploration Residential Camp

June 25 – 30

Open to high school students

This camp is designed for students who would like to be exposed not only to the different types of engineering but receive the entire university experience. Students will spend each day, 8:00 am to 3:00 pm, attending the engineering exploration camp. In the evenings, students will experience other activities on campus including the recreation center, the fire pit, and residence halls.

Student should be new to our summer camps and want to learn about the full variety of core STEM concepts. Different types of engineering are introduced each day in a hands-on, student-centered manner. Students will spend each day performing lab experiments and activities designed to give them a broad view of STEM disciplines. For example, students will build Edison Light Bulbs with mason jars, graphite, and batteries, or put together analog circuits, or write computer code for a certain purpose, or make slime to learn about physical and chemical reactions. These lab exercises are designed to be informative and fun, with a big ‘wow’ factor attached.

 

   

AFTER REGISTRATION

On the first day of your registered STEM Camp, please arrive at 8 a.m. at the Artium of the Engineering Center, located at 115 Library Drive. Students should be picked up from here as well. A map of Oakland University's campus can be found here. For more information regarding the 2017 Summer STEM Camps, please e-mail mrdonoghue@oakland.edu.

 

Fall STEM Camps

During the fall semester, Oakland University's School of Engineering and Computer Science offers Saturday camps for upper elementary, middle school, and high schools for students who do or might have an interest in Science, Technology, Engineering and/or Mathematics (STEM).

Students will be taken through a series of hands-on, student-centered experiences where they will learn a little bit about what each of the engineering fields do, build and test equipment and conduct experiments in the various disciplines that include all of STEM. Click on the camps below to learn more information.

 

Fall Camp Descriptions

Camps are offered over five Saturdays in October and November, from 9 a.m. – 12 p.m., on the campus of Oakland University. Check back for 2017 dates and registration information. Students should be dropped off and picked up in the Atrium of the Engineering Center. 

For questions regarding the 2017 Fall STEM Camps, please e-mail mrdonoghue@oakland.edu.

Elementary School: Grades 3 through 5
Middle School:  Grades 6 through 8
High School:  Grades 9 through 12
  
Algebra I
This mathematics course is for students who are struggling with Algebra I. Employing a“problem-based classroom” teaching approach, the instructor willgive the students a binder full of Algebra I practice problems.  Students will complete problems in pairs. Then they will review themon the board, with their peers, and with the instructors.  Instructors will teachconcepts and ideas as needed by the students, but this camp will be focused on running through as many practice problems as possible. Students who struggled in a previous Algebra I course would be a good fit forthis camp. The type of problems will be based on the Algebra I and IIcommon core curriculum and student needs.
  
Computer Science
This camp is designed for students who have an interest in computer science. Students will learn computer programming, website coding and development, app development for mobile devices, and video game design. Modules will include straight programming as well as GUI object-oriented programming. Students will be able to unleash their creativity in open-ended exercises throughout the week, and be able to take their creations home with them on a memory stick.
  
Engineering Exploration
This camp is designed for students who want to learn about the full variety of core STEM concepts. Different types of engineering are introduced each day in a hands-on, student-centered manner. Students will spend each day performing lab experiments and activities designed to give them a broad view of STEM disciplines. For example, students will build Edison Light Bulbs with mason jars, graphite, and batteries, or put together analog circuits, or write computer code for a certain purpose, or make slime to learn about physical and chemical reactions. These lab exercises are designed to be informative and fun, with a big ‘wow’ factor attached.
  
Ground Robotics
This introductory-level camp is for students who are new to robotics. Students will work with Lego Mindstorms and VEX Robots. The Mindstorm will introduce basic GUI (Graphical User Interface) programing. With VEX, students will begin by building the basic clawbot and work with the remote controlled robot to compete in a team-based activities against other teams. Students will then be challenged to adjust their VEX robot to do other types of challenges. Students will work as they learn. Instructors will teach concepts and ideas as needed by each group.
  
Plane Geometry
This mathematics course is for students from 8th grade to 12th grade who are struggling with Geometry. Employing a “problem-based classroom” teaching approach, the instructor will give the students a binder full of Geometry practice problems. Students will complete problems in pairs. Then they will review them on the board, with their peers, and with the instructors. Specific strategies and activities designed to help students understand to construct proofs will be included in the camp. Instructors will teach concepts and ideas as needed by the students, but this camp will be focused on running through as many practice problems as possible. Students who struggled in a previous Geometry or Algebra I course would be a good fit for this camp. The type of problems will be based on the Geometry common core curriculum and student needs.
  
VEX Robotics
This introductory-level camp is for students who are new to VEX Robotics or plan to be on a team this upcoming school year. The curriculum in this camp will be designed in collaboration with the Robotics Education & Competition (REC) Foundation. Employing a “project-based classroom” teaching approach, the instructor will give the students the directions for building the basic clawbot and allow them to build in groups of two to five, depending on class size. Once the robots are built, the instructors will teach RobotC programming.
  

AFTER REGISTRATION

Camps take place Saturdays. On the Saturday of the first day of your registered STEM Camp, please arrive at 8 a.m. at the Artium of the Engineering Center, located at 115 Library Drive. Students should be picked up from here as well. A map of Oakland University's campus can be found here. For more information regarding the 2017 Fall STEM Camps, please e-mail mrdonoghue@oakland.edu.

Winter STEM Camps

Oakland University’s School of Engineering and Computer Science offers programs for upper elementary, middle and high school students who want to explore their interest in Science, Technology, Engineering and/or Mathematics (STEM).

Students are taken through a series of hands-on, student-centered experiences where they learn a little bit about each of the engineering fields. Students build and test equipment and conduct experiments in the various STEM disciplines.

More information about STEM camps offered during the winter semester will be available at a later date. To learn more, e-mail mrdonoghue@oakland.edu.

GenCyber Camp
The GenCyber camp is a comprehensive and activity-based program that delivers substantive cybersecurity training to upper elementary (4th, 5th and 6th grades), middle school, and high school students. 
The program does not require any prior cybersecurity and computer knowledge or experience, or prior GenCyber program participation. Since cybersecurity is playing a more and more important role in economy and society, it is very important for the students to learn cybersecurity to succeed in this world. 
The program divides students into three categories according to their grades (exiting) for total of three weeks (one week offered for each applicant). This summer camp program offers activities that will benefit the students' personal life, economy, and society of the Detroit Urban Area and the United States.
For more information about the Gen Cyber camp, including application information, please visit  http://www.gencyber-ou.org/
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SECS CORE Tutoring and Resource Center

Struggling to be successful in an SECS CORE course? Tutoring (group and 1-on-1) available at our new Tutoring and Resource Center located in 114 DHE.

Tutoring available for the following courses:

  • EGR 141
  • EGR 240
  • EGR 250
  • EGR 260
  • EGR 280

Potential tutors: If you have been successful in a CORE course recently, like to help people and make some money doing it, please apply to be a tutor for any of the above courses that you have a proven track record in. Research shows that students that can actually teach others retain information at far higher rates than those who do not, so this experience has the benefit of information retention as well.

For more information, contact Professor Kobus

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Christopher J. Kobus, Ph.D.  
Director of Outreach 
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(248) 370-2489

Oakland University’s School of Engineering and Computer Science is committed to introducing high school and pre-college students to Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) Resources.

Thanks to this early introduction by passionate educators, students are guided to a pathway leading toward a successful education and career in the technological workforce.

SECS hosts outreach programs, both on and off campus, throughout the academic year and summer months. Faculty routinely visit high schools, junior highs, middle and elementary schools.

Oakland University’s highest priority in providing exemplary academic, athletic and social programs for youth is protecting the health, safety and welfare of all participants. To achieve this critically important goal, carefully screened and highly trained personnel enforce protocols designed to ensure safe conduct and supportive interaction between youth and program leaders. To learn more about OU's youth protection efforts, visit oakland.edu/youth.