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LOWELLߞ;While some kids might be complaining already about summer boredom, the students participating at UMass Lowell’s DesignCamp are living and breathing robotics, crime scene analysis, electromagnets and flight school.
UML’s DesignCamp offers science and engineering workshops to students in grades 5-11, immersing them in hands-on experimentation and invention. The weeklong sessions run from July 10 through August 4. Select sessions are also available for girls only.
Back again by popular demand is DesignCamp’s Crime Science class in which students learn to solve crimes “CSI-style”--analyzing fingerprints, blood and hair with microscopes and chemicals.
New to the program are a number of exciting sessions including one in which students use electricity and magnetism to build moving electronic animals. Another session, TechCreation, lets students create and program computer controlled gadgets such as automated Kool-Aid makers and candy dispensers.
Also being offered is DesignCamp Hi-Tech, an advanced two-week, pre-engineering program for students in grades 10 and 11 that gives them a taste of college engineering courses. Students enrolled in DesignCamp Hi-Tech will also take part in field trips to local technology companies.
DesignCamp, now in its seventh year, has grown to more than 450 campers with about 30 science and technology teachers who are helped by high school volunteers.
For more information on Design Camp or to review the schedule, visit www.designcamp.org.
UMass Lowell, a comprehensive university with a national reputation in science, engineering and technology, is committed to educating students for lifelong success in a diverse world and conducting research and outreach activities that sustain the economic, environmental and social health of the region. UML offers its 11,000 students more than 120 degree choices, internships, five-year combined bachelor’s to master’s programs and doctoral studies in the colleges of Arts and Sciences, Engineering and Management, the School of Health and Environment, and the Graduate School of Education. www.uml.edu.