Twenty-four students in grades 8-12 attended the third annual Southern Arkansas University Engineering Summer Camp on July 10-12, 2017, which concluded with an awards ceremony held in the Science Center.
During the three-day overnight camp, students explored engineering design using SolidWorks software and 3D printers, built simple robots using Tetrix and Lego Mindstorm, and programmed Arduino circuit boards and microcontrollers. Other activities included physics demonstrations, rocket launches, and astronomy telescope observations. The goal of the camp was to grow interest in studying engineering, physics, and related fields among junior high and high school students. Dr. Abdel Bachri, Interim Chair of the College of Science and Engineering, helped to organize the camp, and participating SAU faculty included Dr. Mahbub Ahmed, Dr. Puskar Chapagain, Dr. Sam Heintz, Dr. Lionel Hewavitharana, and Dr. Md Rashedul Islam.
The 2017 Engineering Summer Camp was made possible in part by a $5,000 grant from the Arkansas Space Grant Consortium. Suddenlink Communications also awarded five $250 scholarships to offset the cost of the camp for students Leila Dadgar, Aisha Faig, Nathan Harbour, Benjamin Knight, and Kenny Zhao.