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Area Students Invited to Learn Engineering Basics at the First Academy of Engineering Program

Area Students Invited to Learn Engineering Basics at the First Academy of Engineering Program

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The University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown and The Learning Lamp have partnered to offer area youth entering grades six through nine an exciting hands-on math and science workshop, the Academy of Engineering. 

Students explore basic and advanced topics in engineering through building, experiments, and trial and error techniques using LEGOs, K’NEX, and regular household items.  How well did they perform the experiments?  The wrecking ball challenge will test the strength of each creation.

Taught in UPJ engineering technology labs, students will get a feel for what it’s like to be a real-life engineer.  Sessions include:

• Engineering for Girls
Girls explore simple machines, wheels and axles, pulleys, gears and universal joints as they learn the basic principles of mechanical engineering.  Students will design wind cars, working gear trains and compete to construct the most unique machine.  Taught by Amy Miller, UPJ assistant professor of mechanical engineering technology. 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 pm. Monday, July 16 through Friday, July 20.

• Engineering of Cities
Introduces students to the principles of architecture and urban planning using LEGO, K’NEX, and other materials.  Students will be presented with a wide range of modeling, engineering, and architectural activities as they map out and build communities.  Taught by Dr. Andrew Rose, UPJ associate professor of civil engineering technology.  8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Monday, July 30 through Friday, August 3.

• Advanced Mechanical Engineering
Students will examine creativity and problem-solving and learn the STAR method of solving problems as they build a model from plans, construct a “creeping crane” and compete in the Advanced Building challenge.  Taught by Amanda Warfield, a secondary mathematics instructor and director of The Learning Lamp’s math and science summer camps.  8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Monday, August 6 through Friday, August 10.

Tuition is $95 per course with scholarships available.  Lunch and snacks are provided.  Each session is limited to 25 students.  Additional information, including an application, is available online at and click on the “Rock Your Summer” link.

For more information, contact The Learning Lamp at 814-262-0732.

Posted by Shook, Kimberly on 5/2/2007 3:10:00 PM