Students investigate engineering disciplines at 2022 Engineering Experience Camp
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As Mason Lee and his sister Isabella tossed a red, yellow, and white plastic beach ball to each other, they counted aloud as they caught it in the air. As they counted to 30, they could feel their breathing increase and their heartbeats getting faster, which was the goal.
As the elementary school students felt their heart rates increase, they looked down at their wrists, where they wore heart rate monitors that they helped put together to keep track of their movements.
“It’s really fun — I like all the activities we do,” said Mason, 10.
The siblings were two of more than a dozen fourth through sixth-grade students taking part in a biomedical engineering session during the first week of this summer’s Engineering Experience Camp at the University of Illinois Chicago.
The weeklong camp exposes children each day to one of five departments within the UIC College of Engineering, which runs the camp. On one day, students may learn about biomedical engineering, then chemical engineering the next day, followed by computer science, electrical and computer engineering, and mechanical and industrial engineering the rest of the week, said Zhinan Wang, clinical assistant professor in the Richard and Loan Hill Department of biomedical engineering.