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CSUB's NSME Partners with Chevron for Summer Camps

California State University, Bakersfield’s (CSUB) School of Natural Science, Mathematics, and Engineering (NSME) presents REVS-PUP -- Research Experience Vitalizing Science Pre-University Program -- four, one-week-long summer camps sessions in science and mathematics. Funded by Chevron, these sessions will run from June 20-30 in the Chevron Fab Lab at CSUB and target Kern County middle school students and their teachers.

“REVS-PUP is the natural extension of NSME’s longstanding REVS-UP summer STEM research program for high school students. We felt, and Chevron agreed, that introducing even younger students to science research and the engineering design process would be a great way to inspire the next generation of STEM professionals and STEM-literate citizens,” said NSME Dean, Anne Houtman.

The hands-on engineering experience is designed to pique students’ interest in careers in the science and engineering fields. Throughout the sessions, students will become engineers and makers in CSUB’s Fab Lab, (short for Fabrication Laboratory), a digital fabrication and rapid prototyping workshop. Students will learn not only about computer-aided design (CAD), but also will use various computer-controlled machines to make their own designs, which they will take home.

Each day will hold a different activity for the students. On the first day, they will make custom decals with vinyl cutters. On day two, they fabricate key chains and other similar-sized items on the laser cutters. On day three, they will make custom signs with the ShopBot CNC router, a computer-controlled cutting machine related to the hand-held router, using wood, aluminum, and other materials. On the fourth and final day of the week, students will make personalized finger puppets of themselves using 3D scanners and printers.

The CSUB Fab Lab is based on the MIT-designed model, which inspired MIT’s popular class, “How to Make (Almost) Anything.” Fab Labs are located throughout the world, and with the power of technology, the labs are able to communicate, create and collaborate on similar projects in different time zones and languages.

Spaces are already filled for the four sessions, which will take place during the weeks of June 20 (Monday through Thursday), and June 27, with an 8:30 a.m. and a 1:30 p.m. session each day. Local media are welcome to visit near the end of any of the sessions to view students’ finished projects and designs.

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