Cameron University Engineering & Applied Mathematics Summer Academy

Saturday, June 24, 2017 - 8:00am - Friday, June 30, 2017 - 5:00pm

The 2017 Cameron University Engineering and Applied Mathematics Summer Academy will be held June 24-30 on the Cameron University campus in Lawton, Oklahoma. The academy, which is open to 9th-12th grade Oklahoma students, will engage participants in engineering research and design through the study of wind turbine systems. Applications of wind energy will be explored and students will design and build their own renewable energy phone chargers based on their wind energy/power research.  

A Vernier Windmill will be used to demonstrate multiple turbine blade designs and their respective efficiencies. After research and observation of the data, students will have the opportunity to design their own blades to test with the Vernier Windmill and measure the voltage produced at different wind speeds. Following the Engineering Design Process, students will research, design, test, and redesign their blades. Next, using their newly designed blades, students will build a renewable energy phone charger. The final project will include a design competition of the phone chargers and a PowerPoint presentation where students reflect on their design process.  

Tentative Academy Schedule:

  • Day 1:  Check-in, get-acquainted games, self-defense interactive training, CU welcome
  • Day 2:  Travel to Stillwater to gain soft skills at the OSU Outdoor Adventure Challenge Course
  • Days 3/4:  Learning sessions detailing wind energy and power
  • Day 5:  Field trip to wind farm, and afternoon session: understanding the engineering design process, initial team designs
  • Day 6:  Revise team designs, test, and compete
  • Day 7:  Close, student presentations, academy jeopardy, catered lunch, check out
  • Each day will include meals and evening entertainment for academy participants.

The 2017 camp is funded through an award from Oklahoma NSF EPSCoR. 

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For more information or to register, visit or contact Dr. Sheila Youngblood Johnston at or 580.591.8005.