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College to host Females in the Field, Middle School Engineering Challenge Camps

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The Statler College will host two Engineering Challenge Camps the week of June 17.


Halliburton’s Females in the Field, a camp for high school girls, will provide hands-on activities and in-the-field experiences on topics ranging from mine safety to well drilling and bridge inspection. Twenty-nine campers from five states will be in attendance.

For middle schoolers, Engineering the Grand Challenges will immerse students in activities related to the National Academy of Engineering’s Grand Challenges. Highlights include activities related to infrastructure, cybersecurity and virtual reality. Thirty-two campers from five states will be attending.

HIGHLIGHTED ACTIVITIES: Halliburton’s Females in the Field

Monday, June 18, 1:30-3:30 p.m., WVU Academy for Mine Training and Energy Technologies

Mine Simulation Activity

Campers will visit WVU’s simulated underground mine lab in Core, where they will learn to use fire extinguishers, both simulated and real, to put out a mine fire.

Tuesday, June 19, 3p.m., G70 Engineering Sciences Building

Smart Manufacturing Activity

Thorsten Wuest, assistant professor of industrial and management systems engineering, will lead campers in a smart manufacturing activity, which includes a small-scale, automated assembly line that will be used to produce cell phone cases.

Wednesday, June 20, 2:30-5 p.m., 205 Mineral Resources Building

Artificial Knee/Biomedical Engineering Project

Biomedical engineering alumna Alex Anderson will lead campers in building an artificial knee that has to kick a ball across the room.

HIGHLIGHTED ACTIVITIES: Engineering the Grand Challenges

Co-sponsored by EQT and the Statler College; sponsored in part by Halliburton, Eaton, Chevron and Northeast Natural Energy

Tuesday, June 19; 2:45-3:45 p.m., 205 Mineral Resources Building

Grand Challenge: Reverse-Engineer the Brain: Brain Hat/Circuit Quiz Boards

Camp counselors will help campers understand the different parts of the brain by building a brain circuit board quiz.

Thursday, June 21; 9:15-noon, 205 Mineral Resources Building

Grand Challenge: Develop Carbon Sequestration Methods: Solar Powered Tractor Pull

Using a battery pack made by campers, counselors will lead students in a competition to design the body, tires and transmission of a tractor

Complete camp agendas can be found online at



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