SPSU reached out to the community with its third annual Civil Engineering Summer Camp in June. The camp was designed to give kids ages 13-18 a brief introduction to what civil engineers and construction workers do in the field.
Twenty campers met daily at the W. Claire Harris Textile Center during the week of June 13 to design, build and test balsa-wood bridges. Working with senior student volunteers in Civil and Construction Engineering, the campers learned the importance of design, materials and tools, using the software program West Point Bridge Design for the initial development of their creations.
The highlight of the week came when campers got to test the strength of their bridges by suspending a series of weights from them until they collapsed.
Dr. Wasim Barham, director of the camp and professor of Civil and Construction Engineering, joined forces with Prof. Ilseok Oh and Prof. Fatih Oncul to make the camp a success.