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K-12 STEM and Energy Summer Camp


The K-12 STEM and Energy Summer Camp is designed for K-12 age children with a focus on high school students . This program aims to provide high school students with an introduction to energy, science, engineering, technology and leadership through a module-based, hands-on education. The summer camp’s engineering modules are created by the School of Engineering Technology faculty and are designed to challenge, excite, motivate and promote STEM and energy to high school students.

Following the ongoing educational innovations at Farmingdale State College, the summer camp will provide students theoretical and practical (hands-on) training to address real-life challenges in engineering, science and sustainability. Each day, students will work in teams with an Engineering faculty member to learn a new field in STEM and energy via the modules. Each module will involve discussions and brainstorming sessions that promote students’ critical and creative thinking skills.

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Modules

Introduction to Energy and STEM:
This will provide an overview of Energy and STEM applications, how these two concepts are related to each other; as well as the 2 week schedule with real-life examples, discussion questions and an ice-breaker project.

Real World Energy and Engineering Challenges:
This provides an overview of the need for, and challenges of real-world energy and engineering applications. Students will work in teams to address and solve different types of energy challenges. This active learning module will emphasize the importance of energy and engineering, while improving students’ critical thinking skills.

Energy Sustainability and Recyclability:
This introduces sustainability and recyclability concepts to students and their relation to the sustainable energy processes. A hands-on recycling project will be demonstrated, where students will learn an effective way to separate plastic pellets while conserving energy. Also included is a brainstorming sessions on sustainability, carbon foot prints and the conservation of energy.

Solar Energy and Photovoltaic Cells:
This will focus on solar energy and will introduce the concept of renewable energy and the benefits and challenges of using the solar energy. A hands-on experiment with photovoltaic cells will be demonstrated, where students will learn how to collect solar energy to generate electricity. Students will also visit the Farmingdale State College Solar Carport and will review live data for energy generation.

Wind Energy and Wind Turbine:
This will focus on wind energy and will continue to introduce the concept of renewable energy and the benefits and challenges of using this wind energy. A hands-on experiment with wind turbines will be demonstrated, where students will learn how wind turbines work and how the design of the wind turbines can affect the outcome. Students will visit Farmingdale State College’s small scale wind farm to learn about the energy generation.

Hydro Energy and Gear Pump:
This will focus on hydro energy and will continue to introduce the concept of renewable energy and the benefits and challenges of using this hydro energy. A hands-on experiment with gear pumps will demonstrate the energy conversion from mechanical to fluid power.

Electrical Energy and Energy Generation:
This will focus on the concepts of electrical energy, design and the connection of electrical circuitry on a board. A hands-on experiment with analog boards will provide experience in measuring electrical concepts as voltage, current and resistance.

Energy Efficiency Measurement with Robotics:
This will focus on the use of robotic application in the field of energy. A hands-on experiment will focus on programming and data collection in the Energy Smart House, where students will provide solutions on how to heat and cool the house more energy efficiently.

Summer 2015 Schedule*

Week 1

Monday – July 13, 2015
Morning (9:00am-12:00pm) Welcome Session – Overview of the Program
Afternoon (1:00pm-4:00pm) Introduction to Energy & Engineering Technology - Ice Breaker Activity
Tuesday – July 14, 2015
Morning (9:00am-12:00pm) Wind Energy & Wind Turbine Project
Afternoon (1:00pm-4:00pm) Wind Energy & Wind Turbine Project
Wednesday – July 15, 2015
Morning (9:00am-12:00pm) Energy Sustainability & Recyclability Module
Afternoon (1:00pm-4:00pm) Energy Sustainability & Recyclability Module
Thursday – July 16, 2015
Morning (9:00am-12:00pm) Hydro Energy & Gear Pump Module
Afternoon (1:00pm-4:00pm) Hydro Energy & Gear Pump Module
Friday – July 17, 2015
Morning (9:00am-12:00pm) Real World Energy Challenges Module
Afternoon (1:00pm-4:00pm) Final Overview of Energy & Engineering Technology

Week 2

Monday – July 20, 2015
Morning (9:00am-12:00pm) Welcome Session – Overview of the Program
Afternoon (1:00pm-4:00pm) Introduction to Energy & Engineering Technology - Ice Breaker Activity
Tuesday – July 21, 2015
Morning (9:00am-12:00pm) Electrical Energy & Energy Generation Module
Afternoon (1:00pm-4:00pm) Electrical Energy & Energy Generation Module
Wednesday – July 22, 2015
Morning (9:00am-12:00pm) Energy Efficiency Measurement with Robotics Module
Afternoon (1:00pm-4:00pm) Energy Efficiency Measurement with Robotics Module
Thursday – July 23, 2015
Morning (9:00am-12:00pm) Solar Energy and Photovoltaic Cells
Afternoon (1:00pm-4:00pm) Solar Energy and Photovoltaic Cells
Friday – July 24, 2015
Morning (9:00am-12:00pm) Real World Energy Challenges Module
Afternoon (1:00pm-4:00pm) Final Overview of Energy & Engineering Technology
*Schedule subject to change.

For more information send your inquiries to smartgrid@farmingdale.edu.