The Purdue Northwest Hammond campus, and CIVS facilities, hosted a pair of week-long engineering summer camps for both middle-school and high-school students, from June 10-14 and June 17-21, respectively. Opening assemblies and introductions to simulation and visualization technologies took place in the CIVS theater and visualization lab, with numerous CIVS staff and students (Kyle Toth, John Estrada, Sam Nielson, Edwin Mosquera, Bethany Worl, Justin Heffron, and John Moreland) assisting Engineering Technical Lab Supervisor Williams Oged.
Students rotated through different areas of engineering—civil, mechanical, electrical, and computer engineering—and performed hands-on activities within those areas, including activities in nanotechnology, robotics, water filtering, surveying, bridge building and stress testing, fluid mechanics, and 3D printing and computer aided design (CAD).
Activities at CIVS centered on principles of numerical simulation, in “fluid flow” situations, and their representation through use of visualization techniques and technologies. CIVS Senior Research Engineer John Moreland also explained and demonstrated a selected range of augmented/mixed reality technologies, such as augmented reality glasses.
Awards were presented as part of the closing ceremonies on Friday afternoon.
Purdue University Northwest and Enbridge came together to form a partnership to support current and future PNW students interested in pursuing careers in the engineering discipline. Through this partnership, Enbridge is the named sponsor of the Purdue Northwest Enbridge Summer Engineering Camp, which supports engineering education among middle and high school students in Northwest Indiana.