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Students set off rockets at summer engineering camp at Penn State Berks

Camp Description

This summer camp will introduce the participants to the engineering process via applied projects. The participants will explore basic engineering concepts and they will develop, design, and construct air-powered airplanes, and model rockets throughout the week. Participants will be trained in the use of software including RocSim to analyze the performance of rocket-powered vehicles. All of the projects will be tested, sometimes under competition settings, culminating with a team project.

Camp Overview**


Welcome, introduction to engineering principles and design
Air-powered car design and construction, followed by competition


Introduction to aerodynamics
Video presentation of specific successes and failures in aeronautics
Paper airplane design competition
Rubber-powered airplane construction and competition


Rocketry and flight stability, stability testing
Introduction to RocSim to simulate flight characteristics of model rocket
Construction of model rocket kit.


Finish model rockets.
Teamwork project: design and stability validation of pocket-powered vehicle.
Construction of design upon instructor approval 


Rocketry case studies
Rocket launches off-site
Camp wrap-up and certificates distributed to participants.

 ** The camp activities shown are based on last year's camp and are subject to change at the instructor's discretion.

Camp Details

July 11-15, Monday - Friday
8:30 AM - 4:00 PM
FEE:  $435 Commuter  / $745 Residential

Lunch is included in the commuter camper registration fee. Residential campers will arrive late Sunday afternoon and stay in the campus dorms and all meals are provided through lunch on Friday. There will be an additional fee for evening activities. Residential camp details will be sent in early June.

Register for Summer Camp 

On line registration is now available.  If using a personal check or money order, use this registration form.  If you have questions, please contact the Continuing Education office at 610-396-6225 for assistance.  Here are the additional consent papers you need to complete you child's registration.


Penn State Berks
Continuing Education
P.O. Box 7009
Tulpehocken Road
Reading, PA 19610






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