Summer STEAM Experience

For boys and girls entering grades 8 - 12 in fall 2020 who are interested in exploring career paths at UW-Stout.
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Summer STEAM Experience Camp

Summer STEAM Experience (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art & Math) is a collaboration of Art & Design and STEM featured in one week, June 14-18, 2020. Campers are able to choose from multiple tracks. Students entering grades 8 to 12 are invited to explore career paths with UW-Stout faculty experts while engaging in science, technology, engineering, art, design, and math in a hands-on setting. Camp activities and career panels will provide well-rounded experiences to highlight the possibilities of creative and critical thinking.


Registration Opening March 2, 2020

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2019 Track Offerings and Instructors

Construction Management IconWood is Good - Track Leader: Jerry Johnson

Campers will explore the utility of wood and its properties while learning all about the various species and what makes them different and valuable. They will develop skills in processing techniques and finishing, while creating and building wood products.

Computer Science Icon3D Modeling in Maya: Robot Design - Track Leader: Nathan Clark

Robots are people too! Well, not really, but animators and video game artists have been giving robots personality for years. In this class we will model, texture, and render memorable, believable robots in 3D space using the same programs used by Pixar and Blizzard Entertainment. We will start with concept sketching and character design, then move quickly into learning how to model and texture your own unique character. By the end of this class you will have an animated friendly character and be able to model almost anything in Maya!

3D Printing Icon3D Printing & Jewelry - Track Leader: Vincent Pontillo-Verrastro

Have you heard about or dabbled with 3D printing, and want to make jewelry? Campers will learn the basic foundations of metalworking, 3D modeling, and 3D scanning to create unique, handcrafted adornment with the aid of 3D printing. From rings to bracelets, and necklaces to brooches, each camper will have the opportunity to see how digital fabrication tools are used in creating one-of-a-kind jewelry.

Manufacturing AutomationTechnology Engineering & Plastics: Materials, Molds and Processing - Track Leaders: David Ding & Wei Zheng

In Technology Engineering you will focus on the technologies used in future manufacturing such as robotics, automatic inspection and Internet of Things. Campers will learn hands-on skills and have the opportunity to practice with Fanuc Robots and other automation equipment!

Do you want to design a 3D part, produce your own 3D filament, and use the filament to 3D print your part? The Plastics track teaches you material selection, product design, simulation, and manufacturing of plastic products using various techniques (injection molding, extrusion, 3D printing, thermoforming and more) in a state-of-the-art laboratory. 

Two days will be spent on Technology Engineering and the following two days on Plastics: Materials, Molds and Processing.

Film Design3D Animation - Track Leader: Jesse Woodward

To infinity…and beyond! Campers will produce 3D animations using the same software that is currently being used at Disney Animation Studios.  After learning the basics of the software, we will jump right into animating.  We will explore professional techniques and follow the 12 principles of animation to produce believable and fun animations!  By the end, the campers will have worked together to produce an animated short film that will be featured online.

Interior DesignInterior Design - Track Leader: Maureen Mitton

Learn what real interior designers do! Campers will design a living space for their favorite celebrity. While designing this space, you will learn about project programming, the design process, space planning, and how to create a color palette. You will learn about and choose finishes and furniture for your celebrity space. You will hand render your floor plans, compose imagery boards and create a full presentation for your creation. We will also show current student work and interior design projects from around the world.

Video Game DesignVideo Game Design -Track Leader: Joshua Seaver

Level up your skills and get started on realizing the game of your dreams! Learn the end-to-end process of creating video games and the many skills needed to bring them to life using the same techniques and tools as the pros. Begin the week exploring the foundation of game creation—planning the fun—by sketching levels and character designs. Proceed to building a game through adding art, animation, programming logic and sound effects. At week’s end, playtest the fun with your class, family and friends to get your game ready for all to the world to play!

Studio ArtClassical Drawing Techniques and 'Zine Making - Track Leader: Kari Tarr

In the mornings, students will create 'zines, and the afternoons will be spent learning and practicing historic observational drawing techniques. Drawing is the foundation of creating ideas, and all participants can learn to see and draw like the old masters did. Zines have a long history, from science fiction 'fan-zines' of the 1930's, to riot grrl and punk rock 'zines of the 1990's. We will create 'zines that share a personal story - a self portrait narrative. 

Human Anatomy ExplorationHuman Anatomy Exploration - Track Leader: Alexandra Hall

Have you ever wondered what your body is made of, and how all of its parts fit together?  In this track, campers will get an inside look at human anatomy, from cells (including their own!), to tissues, to organs, to the entire body.  Students will learn microscopy and staining techniques, use UW Stout’s extensive collection of histology samples and anatomical models, and even work with specimens and cadavers from our Cadaver Lab Facility.  Join Dr. Alexandra Hall, a Biology Lecturer and Physician, for this fascinating exploration into what we are made of!

2020 Summer STEAM Experience

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