Renewable Energy Camp
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Who Should Attend?
If you are interested in the engineering and technological principles behind renewable energy and want to know more about the applications and career paths in the field, this one-week summer program with a ‘Do-It-Yourself, Do-It-Together’ thematic perspective held on campus at the University of Wisconsin-Platteville is for you. Renewable Energy is an emerging field that spans across multiple disciplines. Students that have strong interests in STEM fields (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) that are paired with equally strong interests in sustainability are encouraged to attend.
The REC (Renewable Energy Camp) at UWP is a week-long program that immerses students in programming that provides insight into the dynamic and emerging field of renewable energy. Programming activities focus on practical applications of renewable energy in the field. Participating students will develop core knowledge of systems at the intersection of physics, chemistry, biology, materials science, electrical and mechanical engineering and agriculture. They will engage content in renewable energy at the individual level by participating in multimodal learning opportunities including labs, field exercises and peer-assisted activities. Students will be asked to focus their new-found knowledge and skills and participate in team building exercises related to a specific engineering task related to renewable energy.
An important feature of the programming at REC revolves around the participation of leading business and industry associates who serve on our advisory board. They will be present to provide instruction and insight into their specific disciplines to give participants a feel for the spectrum of career opportunities and strategic operations ongoing in the field of renewable energy. The wisdom of industry associates, in partnership with expertise by Sustainable and Renewable Energy Systems Faculty, and the unique experiences of UWP program students will form the basis of a very engaging and memorable experience for camp attendees.
Renewable Energy Camp Structure
The theme of the camp is ‘Energy: Do-It-Yourself, Do-It-Together.’ As such, camp programming and activities will follow a traditional summer camp structure built around individual learning and teamwork exercises. Students will receive individual instruction and opportunities to earn Energy Science Skills Certificates in areas of Sun and Star Resources, Biomass Resources, Wind Resources, Water Resources, and Earth Resources.
Throughout the week, as students are actively engaged individually to earn Energy Science skills certificates, they will be asked to collaborate and self-select according to their own interest to work on teams toward earning an Engineering Team Merit Certificate. The purpose of the engineering team merit certificate is to spotlight the importance of teamwork and partnership and how collaborative engineering projects fit seamlessly into the study of renewable energy. In addition, this provides camp attendees an opportunity to apply the skills and concepts they learn in individual instruction modes and bring them together with others in an artful display of scholarship. Students will work with their team members and with assigned mentors to pursue an engineering team merit certificate in one of the following sub-disciplines related to renewable energy: Energy Systems Design, Energy Conversion, Power Applications, and Sustainability.
Build gadgets, complete activities & field exercises and make new friends using the outstanding facilities and services provided by UW-Platteville and under the guidance of a community of committed pioneers with advanced expertise in the field of renewable energy!
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