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Science and Engineering: Experimenting with Basic Concepts

One Week: July 24 to July 28, 2017
Time: 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Taught By: Dr. Carlos Romero-Talamas, Assistant Professor
UMBC Department of Mechanical Engineering
Target Group: Middle School (entering 6th – 8th)
Cost: $495

This experience aims to introduce and reinforce the basic concepts of physics and thermodynamics to middle school students with a college twist. Some key concepts that will be explored are Faraday’s induction principle with an emphasis on alternative energy; laws of thermodynamics, with emphasis on solar energy and energy storage; laminar and turbulent flow, with emphasis on aerodynamics and wind energy; and the principles of optics and measurements applied to astronomy.   Each day, lectures will be accompanied with demonstrations, then reinforced by participants working in small groups to do hands-on experiments, including an electronic project and creating a solar pinhole camera. Activities will include a field trip to the Goddard Space Flight Center with the “Cosmos on Campus” experience participants. (Field trip permission form required.)

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