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Statler College to host Engineering in Action and Coding Challenge Camps

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Campers will have the chance to build and test a cardboard canoe during the Engineering in Action Camp.

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WHAT: The Benjamin M. Statler College of Engineering and Mineral Resources at West Virginia University will host two Engineering Challenge Camps the week of July 8. Engineering in Action, a camp for high school students, will include activities related to recreational activities like baseball, biking and boating. Twenty-five campers from seven states will be in attendance. 

Also for high school students, Engineering in Coding will include activities related to application development, hacking and robotics. Thirty campers from six states will be attending. 

The camps are co-sponsored by EQT and the Statler College and are sponsored in part by Halliburton, Eaton, Chevron, Assurant and Northeast Natural Energy.


Tuesday, July 10, 11:30 a.m., ESB Courtyard/G114 ESB (if raining)

Build a Bike Workshop and Bike Ride

Campers will learn about the engineering behind bicycles while being led through a bike-building activity by Andrew Hoover. Later in the day, campers will test their bikes on a 10-mile ride on the Rail Trail. 

Friday, July 13, 10:30 a.m., ESB Courtyard/G114 ESB (if raining)

Pitching Machine and Speed Gun Build and Test

Campers will work in teams to design and build a pitching machine that can throw a variety of pitches. They will focus on distance, speed and accuracy. Michael Brewster, an instructor in the Fundamentals of Engineering Program, will lead the activity. 

Friday, July 13, 1:15 p.m., WVU Student Rec Center Pool

Cardboard Canoe Testing

Campers will test cardboard canoes that they designed and built throughout the week. The goal is for each team to carry two campers across the Rec Center pool without sinking.



Monday, July 9, 1:30 p.m., 109 Mineral Resources Building

Introduction to programming with Lego Mindstorms

Brian Woerner, chair of the Lane Department of Computer Science and Electrical Engineering, will lead campers through an introduction to robotics using Lego Mindstorms. 

Friday, July 13, 10 a.m., Media Innovation Center

Virtual Reality Environments

Campers will learn about virtual reality environments by using an Oculous Rift headset, and learn what applications virtual reality has to engineering industries. 

Complete camp agendas can be found online at 



CONTACT: Statler College Marketing and Communications


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