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Crime Scenes, Robots and Baseball Bats Featured at UMass Lowell's Design Camp


LOWELL - UMass Lowell's Design Camp opens next week with some new programs among the continuing favorites. Design Camp offers science and engineering workshops to students in grades 5 to 11, engaging them in hands-on experimentation and invention. Workshops run for one or two weeks from July 11 through Aug. 5.

            The first Design Camp High-Tech Program will be Product Design and Creation, an advanced, two-week workshop for selected sophomores and juniors starting July 11. The 20 participants will use SolidWorks design software to design a wide range of products, creating 3-D models, technical drawings, product animations and photo-realistic renderings. They will design, manufacture and test fiber-resin composite baseball bats, pocket flashlights and specialized devices for a severely disabled children.

            On July 22 at 9:30 a.m., the students will present the assistive technology products they've created to the disabled students at the Kennedy Day School of the Franciscan Children's Hospital in Boston. Later that day, a celebration luncheon at 1 p.m., in UMass Lowell's Cumnock Hall, will include representatives of 3M, a major sponsor of the High-Tech Program.  Design Camp 2005 sponsors also include Raytheon Company, Tyco Electronics, M/A-COM, the Noyce Foundation, EMC Corp., 3M and UMass Lowell's WISE (Women in Science and Engineering) Program.

            Starting July 26, the one-week Crime Science workshop begins with a girls-only session. Youngsters from grades 6 to 8 will learn how forensic scientists solve crimes by analyzing evidence including fingerprints, blood, hair, fibers, ink and handwriting.

            Also starting that week, a special two-week version of Animatronics and Automated Machines will introduce new challenges in designing and building a variety of computer-controlled gadgets, such as robotic creatures, automatic dispensers and interactive toys. The session is also a pilot program for developing a network of TechCreation Clubs.

            Design Camp, now in its sixth year, has grown to more than 300 campers from grades 5 to 10, with 20 participating science and technology teachers helped by high school volunteers. About one-third of the campers are girls and many students return for a second or third year.

            Design Camp Director Douglas Prime says, "What I think is so exciting about our program is to see all these kids not only having fun, but also learning things and becoming deeply engaged in really sophisticated problem solving."

            Additional information about Design Camp programs is available at

            The University of Massachusetts Lowell, a comprehensive university with special expertise in applied science and technology, is committed to educating students for lifelong success and conducting research and outreach activities that sustain the economic, environmental and social health of the region. UML offers its 11,000 undergraduate and graduate students more than 80 degree programs in the colleges of Arts and Sciences, Engineering and Management; the School of Health and Environment and the Graduate School of Education. Visit our website at


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