University of Maryland Extension

Maryland 4-H Engineering Camp

Dwayne Murphy

The 2013 Md 4-H Engineering camp was a huge success with 61 youth from 14 counties, Baltimore City, and the 4-H military program. Youth learned about engineering Maryalnd 4-H Engineering Camp 2013careers while studying aerospace, robotics, environmental engineering, energy/electricity, and agricultural/mechanical engineering. This camp was possible with the support of our sponsors, Atlantic Tractor, Walter G. Coales, ABC Rentals (Towson), Chesapeake ASSE, and the many volunteers who spent the weekend making the camp run.

NEW for 2013:

Each camper chose an engineering track to focus on throughout the weekend. These tracks allowed campers to explore a specific field of science and engineering in depth. The five tracks being offered in 2013 were:
Aerospace – campers built and launched rockets while learning about the engineering for human flight.
Agricultural and Mechanical engineering – campers explored the role of engineering in today’s farming communities, from equipment repair and maintenance to developing irrigation and runoff controls.
Energy / Electricity – campers started with learning about electrical circuits and explored how engineers are working to develop new sources of energy and devices to conserve energy.
Environmental engineering – campers looked at how engineers work to protect our precious natural resources while meeting the needs of a modern society.

Robotics – campers learned how to build and program a robot while they explored ways that engineers are using robots in modern society.

In addition to the tracks each camper was in, the campers were also put in tApple Chuckingeams of three. The teams had many competitive engineering challenges throughout the weekend such as apple throwing catapult. 

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