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Electrical engineering receives grant for summer outreach camps promoting STEM to high-school students


Dr. Shonda Bernadin, Associate Professor, Electrical & Computer Engineering

The Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the FAMU-FSU College of Engineering has been selected as one of the recipients of the UNITE grant program sponsored by Department of Defense Army Education Outreach Program (AEOP).

As a recipient, the department will receive funding to host several summer outreach engineering camps (beginning summer 2016) for local and regional high-school students who are interested in STEM.  

“This is a great opportunity for community outreach, increasing the awareness of engineering to students, increasing our recruitment efforts in local schools and increasing the visibility of our department within the community,” said Dr. Shonda Bernadin, an associate professor in electrical engineering and principal investigator on the grant.

Very excited to be a part of what she describes as an awesome opportunity, Bernadin thanked the team that worked with her on this pre-collegiate summer experience grant proposal.

“Many, many thanks to everyone on our team for all of your efforts in helping the Department receive this grant!”

Here’s a brief description of the engineering camps funded by the STEM grant that the Department plans to offer this summer:

  • Alternative Energy | June 6-10, 2016
    The Alternative Energy camp is a 5-day academic camp that introduces rising 10th, 11th and 12th graders to energy and power concepts in clean renewable energy. The focus is on fuel cell technology and solar photovoltaic systems. Students will gain knowledge about the conservation of energy and power the importance of being an energy-independent society. Monday-Friday, 8:00am-5:00pm. The cost is $125 which includes materials, supplies and an exciting field trip.

  • Robotics | June 13-17, 2016
    The Robotics camp is a 5-day academic camp that introduces rising 10th, 11th and 12th graders to concepts in mechanical design, mathematics, physics, and programming through designing and building robots using the VEX Robotics Design curriculum. Students will use the engineering design process to design and build robots and compete in mini-competitions. Monday-Friday, 8:00am-5:00pm. The cost is $125 which includes materials, supplies and an exciting field trip.

  • Circuit Design | June 20-24, 2016
    The Robotics camp is a 5-day academic camp that introduces rising 10th, 11th and 12th graders to some basic principles in Electrical Engineering. Topics include power systems, electronics, digital systems and communication systems. Participants gain knowledge about voltage, resistance, current, digital logic and wireless communications. Monday-Friday, 8:00am-5:00pm. The cost is $125 which includes materials, supplies and an exciting field trip.

  • STEM Career Exploration | June 27-30, 2016
    The STEM Career Exploration camp is a 4-day academic camp designed to provide broad exposure to various careers in STEM including the use of technology in healthcare, agricultural engineering, and watershed sciences. Rising 10th, 11th and 12th graders will participate in engaging hands-on activities. Monday-Thursday, 8:00am-5:00pm. The cost is $100 which includes materials and supplies.

How to register

  • Contact Site Director Dr. Shonda Bernadin | shonda.bernadin@famu.edu

  • Program Dates: June 6, 2016 - June 30, 2016

  • Applications will be accepted only from Tallahassee area high school students.