University of Oklahoma holds engineering academy for high school students

Source: The Express-Star

Aug 11, 2009

Teachers and students from Chickasha High School were in attendance at the third annual Summer Engineering Academy hosted by the University of Oklahoma College of Engineering.

Chickasha High School students Stephanie Danford, Amanda Gappa, Emily Harris, Dakotah Wilson, Kaitlyn Wood, Rebekah Branch, Hayden Petitt and Braden Cook were among the 27 students who attended the Summer Engineering Academy at OU.

OU’s Summer Engineering Academy is a National Science Foundation K-12 program designed to stimulate the science, technology, engineering and math education processes. It is composed of two three-day workshops that focus on how engineering methods help solve real-world problems. The first session was for high school teachers only, and the second session was for both students and teachers.

Teachers from different parts of the world came to participate in the Summer Engineering Academy, some from as far away as Thailand. Brock VanCleave, Jim White and Lori Pettijohn were among 17 teachers and graduate students who participated in the camp. In the first three-day session, graduate students spent time educating the teachers about water quality, wind energy and tissue engineering, and showed them how to better integrate science, mathematics and engineering concepts into the classroom.

In the second session, the newly educated teachers put their skills into practice by leading the high-school students through the same activities that they took part in the week prior. With the “Sustainable Future” theme in mind, the students had the opportunity to collect and test water samples from the OU Duck Pond, take a trip to the Norman water-treatment plant to learn about water quality, measure wind speed on top of the National Weather Center using self-made anemometers, and much more.

The OU College of Engineering strives to keep engineering at the forefront of parents’, teachers’ and students’ minds by providing various engineering camps and programs throughout the year. Other events include the annual High School Girl’s Day, hosted in the spring, the BP Summer Engineering Camps and the Summer Bridge Program.

For more information on the OU College of Engineering camps and programs, visit