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LU engineering hosts annual STEM summer camps virtually

The College of Engineering hosted two popular summer camps, Lamar Introduction to Engineering Camp and Project Engineer, virtually this year in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. A total of 38 students from 7th-12th grade spent the week attending online sessions with COE faculty and students.

Lamar Introduction to Engineering exposes students entering the seventh and eighth grades to different typesProject Engineering of engineering. This year, COE student organizations such as American Institute of Chemical Engineers, American Society of Civil Engineers, American Society of Mechanical Engineers, Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers and Engineers Without Borders, as well as employees from ExxonMobil guided experiments. The groups also presented information about studying and working in engineering and answered campers’ questions about careers in engineering.

LITE campers received everything necessary to participate in the experience at no cost to them, thanks to industry sponsorships.

“ExxonMobil has proudly supported the LITE Camp for several years,” said Nakisha Burns, public & government affairs manager for ExxonMobil. “We strive to improve education, especially through support of STEM programming, that introduces students to potential opportunities in the petrochemical industry.”

Project Engineer is a project-based camp designed for students entering 9th-12th grades to complete a challenge. This year, the campers were given a personal robot kit, and LU Robotic Cardinals Club team walked campers through building and programming the robots. On the final day, employees from Chevron Phillips joined the call to talk to the students about careers in engineering.

Chevron Phillips funded Project Engineering for the second consecutive year.

LITE Camp“Chevron Phillips is very proud to support the Lamar Project Camp for the second year.  The camp offers an exciting opportunity to local high school students encouraging STEM development with a hands-on, instructive and inspiring use of robotic and programming technology,” said Davis Turner, technical manager at Chevron Phillips. “Lamar University demonstrated adaptation and innovation developing a successful camp format meeting the needs of the students despite the pandemic obstacles.  This event aligns well with the Chevron Phillips tagline, ‘Performance by design.  Caring by choice.’ We look forward to continuing our partnership with Lamar and our community.”

LU College of Engineering is committed to providing STEM outreach opportunities to the community, whether on campus or virtually. COE will announce more events for this school year.