Power Optimization and Engineering for Mobility

The 2020 Camp Application is Currently Closed.
Please contact us with any questions.

Increasing Diversity, Equity, & Access (IDEA)*
For rising 10th-12th graders
[In-person camp CANCELLED for Summer 2020]

Testing circuitsOur world is becoming more mobile, we demand higher performance from our devices and higher efficiency in moving around. This camp is a cross-discipline exploration of devices we use to move and communicate in this rapidly changing world. Work with and learn from the faculty, staff, and students of the Center for Power Optimization of Electro-Thermal Systems and Grainger Engineering’s Electrical and Computer Engineering Department.

Campers will use the best of their creative and problem solving skills for hands-on experiences designing and building machines and devices that will make the world more connected. Activities include:

  • Designing a solar car and determining best methods to power cars of the future,
  • Working in a university cleanroom laboratory to make a solar cell and phototransistor,
  • Building an FM transmitter by laying out the parts of their circuit on a protoboard, determining their purpose, and then soldering together an FM phone to take home,
  • Using logic gates to build an LED calculator circuit that adds numbers as high as 3 plus 3 and displays the result with light.

Camp Coordinators:

Joe Muskin is the Education Coordinator for the Department of Mechanical Science and Engineering. He has extensive experience teaching science and developing inquiry-based science and engineering lessons for all ages. Joe received the Distinguished Informal Science Educator Award in 2013 from the National Science Teaching Association for his outstanding educational outreach work.

Dr. Lynford Goddard received a Ph.D. in physics from Stanford in 2005. He conducted postdoctoral research on photonic integrated circuits and sensors. He joined the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign’s Grainger College of Engineering faculty in 2007 and is currently a full Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering. His group fabricates, tests, and models photonic sensors, circuits, and instrumentation; develops novel device processing techniques; and applies quantitative phase microscopy for semiconductor wafer metrology. He was an IEEE Photonics Journal Associate Editor (2009-2014) and currently serves on its Advisory Board. He received the Early Career Public Engagement Award in 2011 from the American Association for the Advancement of Science and the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers from President Barack Obama in 2010. Dr. Goddard is co-author of over 200 publications and 10 patents.

*NOTE: IDEA camps aim to increase the number of underrepresented populations pursuing STEM majors and careers. These camps focus on support and empowerment of traditionally underrepresented populations in STEM including (but not limited to) the areas of race, ethnicity, socio-economic status, and ability. The absence of their talents is a detriment to the STEM fields. IDEA camps provide a safe environment to build a community of peers and mentors who empower one another to be confident in their exploration of STEM.

This camp was developed to meet the needs and requests of our partnering organizations. Qualifying students from those organizations will have top priority for filling available seats, and any remaining seats will be available for applicants outside of those programs. Because this camp is the equivalent of 1.5 weeks, the tuition has been adjusted accordingly ($1,500). Scholarships are available. All individuals are welcome to apply.