COSEY Engineering Camps
Thanks to generous funding by the Oregon Engineering Technology Industry Council (ETIC), COSEY has developed a library of project-based activity kits with a focus on engineering and design skills related to sustainability and “green” technology. The activity kits are rich with possibilities, including a mock oil spill activity in which students test substances that can remove oil from water, a homemade solar panel lesson in which students use titanium dioxide and berry juice to generate an electrical current, a computer design lesson in which students use innovative software to create a “green” dream home, and much more. Curriculum is available to K-12 educators for use in the classroom.
The Oregon University System (OUS) and the Engineering and Technology Industry Council (ETIC) awarded OSU’s COSEY funding in 2009 for the two-year program, as part of their “Bright Future” grants aimed to increase pre-college engineering initiatives and programs for K-12 students. These grants are one component of ETIC’s goal to increase engineering and computer science graduates in order to meet state and industry needs for a highly-skilled, globally competitive workforce in Oregon.