College of Engineering, Technology, and Computer Science

Summer STEM Explorations

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2016 STEM Explorations

(Science, Technology, Engineering, Math)

Computer Science Exploration - ACT: Adventures in Computing for Teens
Offered By: Department of Computer Science
Dates: July 11 - 15; Time: 8:30 AM - 12:30PM; Age: 8th - 12th grade; Fee: $90
Registration info at: Registration (PDF)

Participants will create 3D movies and video games using Alice software. They will see interactive illustrations of computing principles, learn object-oriented programming, and discover computing careers. Participants will showcase their animations to family and friends at the conclusion of their Exploration. For questions call ETCS Outreach Office 260-481-6905.

Engineering Robotics Exploration: Battle of the Bots
Offered By: Department of Engineering
Dates: June 20 - 24; Time: 8:30 AM - 12:30 PM; Age: 8th - 12th grade; Fee: $90
Registration info at: Registration (PDF)

Robot teams will face off in an Olympic-style competition at the conclusion of the week. Participants explore principals of engineering for building a robust, durable, and innovative robot. They team up and use a choice of VEX or EV3 parts/software for robot design and collaborate on strategies to earn points in the concluding robot competition. Guided by a professional engineer and IPFW faculty in electrical and computer engineering, students expand programming knowledge, gain technical skills, learn the “lingo” of Tech Talk, and hear about engineering careers as teams face off to win the Battle of the Bots! Questions: ETCS Outreach Office 260-481-6905

Engineering/Technology Exploration: Raspberry Pi Summer Camp
Offered by: IPFW ETCS College and IEEE Region 4
Dates: June 27 - 30; Time: 8:30 AM - 12:30 PM; Age: 7th - 9th grade
Application info: Application (PDF)
Registration Fee without scholarship: $75

The Raspberry Pi is a fully-functional, credit-card sized computer, being used around the world to teach kids and adults the fundamentals of Computer Programming. Participants will learn about the various hardware and software components of the Raspberry Pi by programming anything they want! Scratch programming, Linux Operating System, Python language, Raspberry PI I/O interface and control, etc. will be introduced to students by IPFW Electrical and Computer Engineering/Technology faculty. Participants will use a Raspberry Pi kit ($60 value) during the camp. This year kits will not be given out to participants. Questions: ETCS Outreach Office 260-481-6905

* A limited number of partial scholarships are available for the above three camps for those in financial need. Students will complete an application with a short paragraph about why they would like to be in the damp. Contact the ETCS Outreach Office for information about applying for a scholarship.

Math and Science Exploration - IPFW Math and Science Camp
Offered by: Department of Physics
Dates: July 11 - 14;
Age: 11-13 year old students; Fee: $125
Camp and Registration info at:

Participants engage in hands-on science and minds-on problem solving with a variety of activities. Past examples have been hot air balloons, buoyancy investigations, robots, column strength, chemistry and optics. They will solve logic puzzles, create mathematical games, and investigate the stock market all while having fun! Camp sessions are led by university professors, high school and middle school teachers. Maximum enrollment is 27 students. For questions contact Barbara Biedermann 260-481-6306.

Physics Exploration
Offered by: Department of Physics
Dates: June 27 - 30;
Age: 14-16 year old students; Fee: $75
Camp and Registration information:

Physics camp gives campers a chance to experience a variety of topics in experimental physics. Each day they will learn about and perform experiments related to Astronomy, LASER Physics, Quantum Optics and Surface Science (nanotech). They will work in the research laboratories with the faculty scientists and senior physics majors in the IPFW Physics Department. For questions contact Barbara Biedermann 260-481-6306.