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College of Engineering & Science offers summer camps

University of Detroit Mercy College of Engineering & Science offers an array of pre-college engineering summer camps for children interested in learning more about engineering and design, including DAPCEP courses. From 4th grade all the way to 12th grade, UDM offers a summer camp that will challenge and cultivate knowledge of engineering and design. The students work on a variety of projects and compete in competitions that pull together what they have learned during their time at the summer camps.

Pre-college engineering programs offered include:

Architectural Engineering, 10th-12th grades
Architectural Engineering camp is a one-week summer commuter camp for high school students currently in 10th-12th grades who want to learn about the world of Architectural Engineering. Campers will be exposed to fundamental concepts of architecture, engineering and design within a variety of projects developed and implemented throughout the entire week.

Robotics, 10th-12th grades
Robotics Camp is a one-week summer commuter camp that exposes boys in the 10th-12th grades to the world of science, technology, engineering and math through hands-on activities and experiences that provide the opportunity for them to build and program a robot while gaining an understanding of manufacturing techniques, robotic control systems, circuits, and sensors.

STAR, 7th-8th grades
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Students will learn about engineering, science, programming, and math using two different robotics platforms- LEGO NXT Mindstorms and the VEX Robotics System.  They will learn how to design, build and program their robots for a competition on the final day.

STEPS (Science Technology Engineering Preview Summer camp for girls), 9th-11th grades
STEPS is a one-week introduction to the exciting world of engineering, science, and robotics. Campers participate in activities that give them hands-on experiences similar to those of a college engineering student. STEPS is an opportunity for girls to learn more about what engineers do. Outstanding instructors, with extensive backgrounds in engineering, technology and science, teach activities. Program participants will build and program a robot, while gaining an understanding of manufacturing techniques, robotic control systems, circuits, and sensors.

TRANSIT, 9th-11th grades
TRANSIT is a one-week summer commuter camp for high school students, currently in the 9th-11th grades, who want to learn about the world of transportation, a field of study within Civil Engineering. The TRANSIT camp is made up of labs and discussions lead by University professors and high school science teachers; presentations by MDOT, Ford Motor Company and SEMCOG; activities from MDOT's TRAC program.

UNITE, 8th-9th grades
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The UNITE Program is designed to resemble a university freshman engineering curriculum.  The goal is to introduce students to the subjects and skills necessary to succeed as a college student. Classes involve hands-on activities, emphasizing teamwork.

DAPCEP Courses, 4th-12th grades
Courses offered include:

Forensic Crime, where basic principals of engineering are explored through hands-on activities; Up, Up and Away, where motion, inertia and velocity are discovered in a team setting; Discovery of Life, where plant reproductive biology, genetics and evolution topics are addressed; The Chemical World, dye chemistry, acids/bases and density are learned with UDM Chemistry professors and members of the UDM Chemistry Club; LEGO Robotics, students are given an opportunity to build a robot that will accomplish various tasks; Entrepreneurship-Venture Creation, where market opportunity, design and sales entrepreneurship are discussed; Powering of Car of Tomorrow, where students learn fundamentals of propulsion systems, energy flow analysis and sustainability of fuel alternatives.

For more information about the summer camps that UDM College of Engineering & Science has to offer, please contact the director of Pre-College Programs Pamela Rhoades Todd at or 313-993-3374.

Release date: April 17,2011

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The University of Detroit Mercy is Michigan's largest private Catholic University, offering approximately 100 majors and programs in 60 academic fields. Sponsored by the Society of Jesus (the Jesuits) and the Sisters of Mercy of the Americas, the University has three campuses located in downtown and northwest Detroit.

For the 11th consecutive year, UDM was ranked among the top tier of Midwestern master's universities in U.S.News & World Report's "America's Best Colleges" – 2012 edition.

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