ORU hosts math, science and engineering academy June 20-24

Oral Roberts University will host a math, science and engineering academy on June 20-24, 2011, with a follow-up event on Aug. 27. The residential summer academy will help students entering the eighth- or ninth-grade understand the natural world and develop critical thinking skills though integrated, project-based learning experiences.

ORU has been hosting the academy since 1993. John Matsson, chairman and associate professor of mechanical engineering, College of Science and Engineering, said 48 students would be participating this year. The academy is made possible by a $93,504 grant from the Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education.

"Our campers have a great time learning about math, science and engineering through hands-on activities," said Dominic Halsmer, dean of the College of Science and Engineering. "But we also have a lot of fun together during recreation time and on our field trips. Many of our camp alumni tell us that we have the best summer science camp in the region. I think the staff and faculty have almost as much fun as the students."

Field trips, laboratory experiences and applied technologies will be used to train students to explore, conjecture, and verify relationships in problem solving. Some highlights include building and launching rockets, investigating a crime scene using DNA, taking field trips to explore space and natural science, as well as enjoying sports and fun activities. Matsson said the students will return in August for a reunion, and they will submit a report on something they observed for the first time as a direct result of what was learned in the academy.

For more information on the academy, go to http://www.oru.edu/pdfs/current-students/my-academics/schools/cose/biology/summer_camp_application.pdf. For more information on the College of Science and Engineering, go to http://www.oru.edu/academics/cose/.