This multi-faceted camp addresses three areas of interest surrounding biosciences and engineering: current research; ethics and communinications; and college carrer paths.
During the two weeks, participants will advance their understanding of current research in biosciences and engineering while developing their analytical thinking and problem solving skills. Through hands on activities in various engineering lab settings, students will learn about the current tools and techniques used in research. Additionally, they will develop relevant, real-life problem definitions and go through the engineering design process to generate possible solutions to the problem they define. The problems defined will be derived from exposure to the current research conducted during the first week of the camp.
Participants will also engage in various ethics and communication workshops focused on analyzing the ethics governing scientific advancements. In order to further develop communication skills, they will also develop strategies for effectively reading, comprehending, and writing scientific journal articles. As a capstone project to the camp, the students will participate in a poster and presentation session where they will use multiple modes to communicate their design project findings.
College and career paths can excite and intimidate high school students. In order to better prepare the participants of this camp for the opportunities they soon face, participants will attend a panel discussion with current undergraduate and graduate students to gain more advice on applying to and surviving engineering in college. Additionally, the participants will interact with various professionals from the fields of biosciences and engineering during the guest speaker mini-series in order to gain a better understanding of the possible careers in this area.