Students Encouraged to Participate in Engineering, Manufacturing Camps

April 2010 By

OXFORD, Miss. - High school students who enjoy solving problems and learning how things work are encouraged to apply for summer engineering and manufacturing camps at the University of Mississippi.

The one-week overnight camp provides students in grades 9 through 11 with an opportunity to learn and experience the engineering and manufacturing fields. Two camps will be held: one June 13-18 and another June 20-25.

"The Engineering and Manufacturing Camp promises to be an engaging and exciting experience," said April Kilpatrick, outreach coordinator for the UM Center for Mathematics and Science Education. "The campers will be introduced to engineering concepts, do hands-on activities and take two field trips to manufacturing plants in Mississippi to see real-world applications of engineering."

Interested students can submit a completed application to CMSE no later than April 30. Applications will be reviewed and campers will be selected and notified by early June. Once accepted, campers must submit a $50 reservation fee. However, scholarships are available for those who qualify and need assistance.

"The CME is committed to creating innovators, entrepreneurs and leaders for the modern manufacturing industry," said Ryan Miller, project manager for the Center for Manufacturing Excellence. "The camp is a great opportunity for students who are interested in learning about careers that will challenge them and provide intellectual and personal satisfaction."

The experiences give students a chance to view manufacturing as a career option where their minds and creativity are not only needed but valued, said Carl Dewitt, a CMSE graduate fellow who assisted with the camps last year.

"I would hope that the students who come to engineering camp will one day be instrumental in keeping manufacturing thriving here in Mississippi," Dewitt said.

"We want to let students know that we 'see the engineer in you,'" Kilpatrick said.

Hosted by the CMSE and the Center for Manufacturing Excellence, the weeklong events are designed to expose participants to the latest in engineering software, equipment and instruction. Several Ole Miss engineering faculty members lead the sessions.

For applications or more information, call April Kilpatrick at 662-915-6621 or e-mail umcmse@olemiss.edu/.