Many thanks to our sponsor City of Merced!
In collaboration with the faculty of the School of Engineering and School of Natural Sciences, CalTeach is pleased to present STEM (Science, Math, Technology, and Education) workshops for elementary, middle and high school students.
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2019 Bobcat Summer STEM Academy offerings:
Lights, Lasers & Optics- Middle School
Brought to you by Dr. Anne Kelley from the School of Natural Sciences in collaboration with the CalTeach program
Students learned the concepts related to basic physics and applied that knowledge through hands-on activities related to measuring wavelengths.
Research & Programing using Robotics- Middle School & High School
Brought to you by Dr. YangQuan Chen's team at the School of Engineering at UC Merced
The Drones have landed! This Summer Bobcat Academy session highlighted Drones in this introductory Robotics course. The course introduces the student to basic Circuit Theory, Robotic Components, and an introduction to Coding Robots and Drones while adding a daily college-level writing component.
3D Modeling & Creations- Middle School & High School
Brought to you by Dr. Alejandro Gutierrez 's team from the School of Engineering at UC Merced
In this workshop, students learned how to use engineering design software to create a miniature rover vehicle. Additionally, students learned the fundamentals of 3D printing and fabricated their rover prototype.
All About Chemistry- Middle School
Brought to you by Dr. Erik Menke from the School of Natural Sciences in collaboration with the CalTeach program
During this workshop, students learned some essential chemistry concepts such as the scientific method which were applied during hands-on group activities. It was a great learning experience as students were exposed to the lab component of the chemistry field.
Discovering a Cure- Middle School
Brought to you by Dr. Archana Chavan from the School of Natural Sciences and the CalTeach Program at UC Merced
Students explored biology concepts related to antibiotics and antimicrobial resistance in bacteria and learning about the way it grows through collaborative experiments. The bacteria used were engineered to produce fluorescent proteins of different colors that will allow for easy visual analysis of experimental results. Students received hands-on experience in microbiology techniques that are used in many biomedical research labs.