Thursday, July 15, 2010

Summer Engineering Academy organized by OU College of Engineering

Published: July 15, 2010

NORMAN — Forty-eight high school students and 11 teachers explored space this week from the University of Oklahoma campus, and it was free of charge.

OU: Katrina Hammonds puts data from an experiment into a computer as high school students participate in an engineering workshop at the University of Oklahoma's Devon Energy Hall in Norman. Photo by Steve Sisney, The Oklahoman

The Summer Engineering Academy, a National Science Foundation education program organized locally by the OU College of Engineering, was Monday through Wednesday, primarily in the various laboratories of the new Devon Energy Hall.

Students participated in workshops relating to aerospace engineering, solar energy and the greenhouse effect. The first part for teachers only was last week at OU. Teachers then applied their new methods for teaching science, math and engineering this week with the students.

Students gained hands-on learning experiences with the teachers' help in aerodynamics and flight controls, links between solar power and electrical engineering, and with atmospheric gases and the greenhouse effect in relation to environmental engineering.

They use what they learn in science and math classes to discover creative ways toward solving engineering and environmental problems.

The annual program's cost is free for both students and teachers, who had to apply to participate.

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