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Statler College to host Engineering in Action and Engineering in Sustainability Challenge Camps

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WHAT:  The Statler College will host two Engineering Challenge Camps the week of July 9. Engineering in Action, a co-ed camp for high school students, focuses on how engineering can be applied to the sports world. Also for high school students, Engineering in Sustainability will focus on energy problems and solutions.


July 12, 10:15 a.m., Viking Performance Training, 139 Green Bag Road

Science behind Weightlifting and Strongman Challenge Introduction

Led by Jerry Handley, owner, Viking Performance Training

Campers will be introduced to the physics of weight lifting, body positioning and leverage. They will be tasked with designing a system or device to complete a Viking challenge.


July 13, 12:30 p.m., WVU Boathouse (behind Waterfront Hotel)

Boat Design and Rowing Technique

Led by Tina Griffith, assistant coach, WVU Rowing team

Campers will interact with current members of WVU’s Rowing team, learn about technique, see rowers in action and compare various boat designs.


July 14, 1 p.m., Pool, WVU Rec Center

Cardboard Canoe Testing

Led by camp counselors, Rec Center staff

Campers will test a cardboard canoe that they designed and built throughout the week. It must successfully carry two campers across the pool without sinking or capsizing.


HIGHLIGHTED ACTIVITIES: Engineering in Sustainability

July 10, 3 p.m., MRB Courtyard

Composting Activity

Led by camp counselors

Campers will design and build worm boxes, which can be used as a composting system. Later in the week, they will test the PH and chemical composition of the soil and we will discuss additional compost methods.


July 12, 9 a.m., G11 Engineering Sciences Building/Krepps Park

Ecological Engineering and Visit to Krepps Park

Led by Omar Abdul-Aziz, assistant professor of civil and environmental engineering

Campers will learn about ecological engineering and use their knowledge to examine and test a local water source.


July 13, 2:30 p.m., 209 Mineral Resources Building

Upcycling Activity

Led by camp counselors

Campers will use recycled materials they collect throughout the week to design and build a device that can complete a specific task. They will present their devices to the group.

Complete camp agendas can be found online at

WVU’s Engineering Challenge Camps are co-sponsored by the Statler College and EQT, and are sponsored in part by Halliburton and Eaton.