June 14, 2015
June 14, 2015
June 17, 2015
26.1343.1 - 26.1343.14
Revisit of Lessons Learned: Evolution of the Aerospace Engineering Summer Camp in Year ThreeThree years ago, University held a summer camp to improve outreach to high schools andencourage interest in aerospace engineering. A critical evaluation three years later evaluates thesuccesses and revisions by the department. In an effort to improve the student experience, eachsubsequent camp reflects on lessons learned from previous camps, and the latest camp is nodifferent.In early years, additions included having practicing engineers participate in camp and integratingdifferent design tracks using a systems approach. In the most recent version of the camp, thestructure was modified significantly to accommodate additional students and provide anadditional field of interest. In addition to the previous aircraft and rocket tracks, a third track,called Air Swimmers, focused on the use of electronic control systems to maneuver the lighter-than-air swimmers. Adding a new track allowed an increase in the number of students attendingcamp from 30 to 60 with the team size in each track increasing from 15 to 20 students. Anotherinnovation for the third camp was the inclusion of interested high school science andmathematics teachers in the camp. In an effort to educate one and reach a hundred, the campprovided four teachers with inspiration and ideas that could be transplanted to their high schoolclassrooms.The paper will present modifications to the camp structure, results from assessment of the camp,lessons learned by the instructors, comments from both students in the camp and personnelinvolved, and future plans based on evaluations from the current year. In summary, outcomeshave been achieved, and the majority of students felt their experiences were particularlyrewarding. The intent is for this review to provide guidance and inspiration to other aerospaceengineering programs seeking to engage high school students into their program of study.
Shryock, K. J., & Kanipe, D. B. (2015, June), Revisit of Lessons Learned: Evolution of the Aerospace Engineering Summer Camp in Year Three Paper presented at 2015 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Seattle, Washington. 10.18260/p.24680
ASEE holds the copyright on this document. It may be read by the public free of charge. Authors may archive their work on personal websites or in institutional repositories with the following citation: © 2015 American Society for Engineering Education. Other scholars may excerpt or quote from these materials with the same citation. When excerpting or quoting from Conference Proceedings, authors should, in addition to noting the ASEE copyright, list all the original authors and their institutions and name the host city of the conference. - Last updated April 1, 2015