Course Detail: SCIE102 - Science and Engineering: Experimenting with Basic Concepts (Middle School)

This challenging and fun academic summer camp course aims to introduce and reinforce the basic concepts of physics and thermodynamics to middle school students with a college twist. What is the alternative energy application of Faraday's induction principle? Through experiential learning and testing you will find out. 

Students will learn about the 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 the building of an electronics project and creating a solar pinhole camera. Activities include field trips to Potomac Photonics, a 3D laser company.

LUNCH: Students staying for full day or for both morning and afternoon sessions can bring or buy their lunch.  All students will eat lunch on Campus in The Commons, a small food court. 

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Course Resources
Waiver - Photo and Video (PDF) (PDF Document)
Waiver - Release of Liability (PDF) (PDF Document)

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