An original summer camp activity in the areas of aerospace/aeronautical engineering and aviation has been developed. A pilot version of the program was completed successfully in June 2007 at Minnesota State University, Mankato. The main objective of the program was to increase the awareness and interest among high school students for science and engineering careers. Through a series of short lectures and extensive hands-on demonstrations the attending students have been familiarized with the fundamental concepts and relationships of science and engineering in general, and of aerospace engineering and aviation, in particular. Two major team projects have been completed and tested. The activities have culminated in an FAA approved flight simulator sessions and the students’ flights aboard Piper Seminole twin-engine airplanes. The participating students have provided extensive positive feedback on the program. To the teaching faculty, this has been a very pleasant and rewarding experience. The outcomes of the two-week Camp have been discussed in detail and some very useful guidelines for successful outreach efforts have been presented.
Aviation, Mechanical and Civil Engineering
2007 ASEE North Midwest Regional Conference
Daidzic, N. E., & Nikolic, V. R. (2007, September 20-22). Presenting science and engineering careers in a unique and appealing way [Conference presentation]. 2007 ASEE North Midwest Regional Conference, Houghton, MI.
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