Engineering and Aviation Summer Academy Comes to a Close
July 5, 2012
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Nearly 40 rising juniors and seniors from high schools in 13 states were on campus last week for the Engineering and Aviation Summer Academy at Saint Louis University’s Parks College of Engineering, Aviation and Technology. The theme for the week was “Grand Challenges in Engineering.” Student teams focused on engineering challenges such as providing access to safe drinking water and restoring the urban infrastructure.
The safe water activity focused on creating inexpensive water treatment devices for developing nations where access to safe water remains an urgent human need. Over one billion people lack access to safe drinking water. In addition, half the world population lives on $2.50 per day. The goal of the activity is to see which student team can produce the cleanest water from a water treatment system constructed from materials that cost less than $2.50.
The infrastructure activity focused on using a computer simulation program called “SymbioCity” to design sustainable communities. Students became the mayor of the simulated city and were asked to make decisions addressing real-world problems using a limited city budget. The student with the highest sustainability index received the Global Citizen Award.
Other activities included flight simulation, a ride in a Diamond airplane, demonstrations in strength of materials wind tunnel, engineering physics and robotics.
The students also attended a St. Louis Cardinals baseball game and spent time at the University’s Simon Recreation Center. To view photographs from the week, visit our 2012 Engineering and Aviation Summer Academy album.
Learn more about Parks College’s summer programs.