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High School Students Experience High Tech and Michigan’s Electrify Camps

A select group of high school students spent a week in classes and labs as they participated in the Electrify Tech Camps to learn just a few things that go on in Electrical and Computer Engineering.| Short Read

A select group of high school students spent a week in classes, labs, and even toured the Big House as they participated in the Electrify Tech Camps to learn just a few things that go on in Electrical and Computer Engineering.This year, they raced their hand-built solar-powered cars, learned to use electronic circuits to channel power, and learned how to program a microcontroller to control wireless devices. They learned from faculty, graduate students, and got the skinny about life at Michigan from undergraduate students as well.

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Students could choose between Power Up, Sense It, or Nano-Size It camps. Each camps focused on hands-on lab work and group projects, wrapped up in a good time around North Campus.

For information on signing up for 2018 camps, check out our Electrify page.


Power Up

Students at Prof. Heath Hofmann’s Power Up camp learned the basics of circuit design and motors, as well as how to use different types of energy. Students assembled their own batteries for remote control cars and built a solar-powered chip.

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Nano-Size It

In Prof. P.C. Ku’s Nano-Size It camp, students had the chance to work in the Lurie Nanofabrication Facility, designing and fabricating their own nano-structures. Students built and raced solar-powered race cars from scratch, with solar cells they designed and fabricated in the LNF.

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Sense It

The final camp, Dr. Alexander Ganago’s Sense It, taught students all about electronics, sensors, and the work that goes into designing a complete system catered to a certain task. Students worked in groups to design and present a final project, including autonomous vehicles, digital thermometers and clocks, and an automatic door lock.

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