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CEE offered two workshops for Xplore Camp

Xplore Engineering Camp, held from June 26-27, offered two workshops from CEE for alumni and their children or grandchildren to get hands-on experience in the field of engineering.| Short Read
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One workshop, titled “How Much will Your Bridge Hold?” asked participants to design their own bridges using nuts, bolts, rubber bands, tape and tongue depressors. Then the students tested its load capacity and quality of construction. Students learned the principles used to design bridges.

Another workshop, titled “Bacteria Runs the World,” conducted experiments for students to experience how microbiologists and environmental engineers use bacteria to make the world a healthier place. They learned that bacteria are helpful in a variety of ways: from helping us to digest our food to protecting plants from drought.

In addition to the workshops, there were also tours of the Big House and Crisler Arena, as well as a meeting with student teams such as the seven-time national champion U-M Solar Car Team.

To view more photos, please visit the CEE Facebook page.

To learn more about Xplore Engineering Camp, please visit Michigan Engineering Camps for Kids.

The electrons absorb laser light and set up “momentum combs” (the hills) spanning the energy valleys within the material (the red line). When the electrons have an energy allowed by the quantum mechanical structure of the material—and also touch the edge of the valley—they emit light. This is why some teeth of the combs are bright and some are dark. By measuring the emitted light and precisely locating its source, the research mapped out the energy valleys in a 2D crystal of tungsten diselenide. Credit: Markus Borsch, Quantum Science Theory Lab, University of Michigan.

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