May 20, 2008

Openings still available for engineering day camp

by Tim Crosby

CARBONDALE, Ill. -- There is still time for future engineers to sign up for an innovative camp at Southern Illinois University Carbondale, where students will have a chance to work on real-life engineering challenges.

The SIUC College of Engineering day camp is a three-day program aimed at students in grades six through eight. It features University faculty and students teaching engineering lessons though hands-on experiments, demonstrations and lectures.

This year marks the first time SIUC has offered the program to middle school students, rather than high school students, during the summer break. The program seeks to spark an interest in engineering among students who will become the next generation of engineers.

The program, set for June 24-26 at the Engineering Building on the SIUC campus, costs $100. Single-day participation also is available for $35 per day.

Participants will work with interesting problems and projects, such as a hovercraft construction and race and the famous "Saluki Egg Drop," which requires the young engineers to construct a device that will prevent an egg from breaking when dropped from a certain height.

Students also will participate in rocket launch competition, paper airplane design, the "Royal House Flush" and Lego building projects.

The registration and fee payment deadline for the program is June 1. Enrollment is limited and organizers will fill slots on a first-come, first-serve basis. Organizers encourage early enrollment.

Participants must submit an academic medical release form to the College of Engineering.

To enroll or receive more information, contact Julie Eisenhauer, at 618/453-7992 or