Engineering and Physics Camp for Girls
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Sunday, July 7, 2013 - Friday, July 12
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Teresa Lebens


Building a machine that uses a number of whimsical, counterintuitive steps to accomplish a very simple task might sound like a fun challenge, but it's also the perfect way to learn physics and engineering. Each of the machine's steps must be as efficient as possible and take into account various physics principles in order to make the entire creation work. Participants in this camp will gain hands-on engineering experience by working in small groups to construct a Rube Goldberg machine.

Working with faculty who have supervised the team of students who won the 2009 & 2012 national Rube Goldberg Machine Contest held annually at Purdue University (see a video of the machine by searching "St. Olaf Rube Goldberg" on YouTube), participants in this camp will learn principles and techniques utilized by engineers and scientists every day as they build their own machines. They will then demonstrate their completed machines to their peers, family, and friends on the last day of camp.

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