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Experiments with Catapults and Building Video Game Controllers: New BYU Engineering Camp Opens Computer Chip Industry to Kids

Media invited to see hands-on learning and experimentation, facilitated by BYU students and industry professionals

What: Chip Camp – BYU’s first ever engineering and technology camp focused on the computer chip industry for 7th and 8th graders

Date: Tuesday and Wednesday, August 12 and 13

Time: 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.

Where: Brigham Young University Campus in Provo

Details:  The camp’s activities are designed to give the kids valuable, hands-on learning experiences in program creation and innovation. Some of those activities will include:

  • Experimenting with catapults to learn about statistics
  • Building video game controllers using circuits
  • Demonstrating chemical processes by creating metal coatings
  • Learning about innovation by creating LED-lit Frisbees 

The camp will be run by BYU students who are currently active in the IMMERSE program, a mentoring organization aiming to help undergraduate students participate in significant research to prepare them for post-graduate studies. 

Micron, one of the companies sponsoring Chip Camp, chose to bring this program to Utah County due to the company’s ties to the local IM Flash Technologies, as well as the Utah STEM Education Research Initiative. IM Flash creates high-tech flash memory that goes into most smart-phones and modern computers, and is based in Lehi, Utah.  

Currently the camp roster is at capacity, and applications for the 2014 Chip Camp are no longer being accepted. Additional information about the camp and its activities can be found on the Chip Camp website (http://ce.byu.edu/cw/chipCamp/)

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