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SYP Explorations Filling Up!
Every year, we experience high demand for some of our courses. Explorations do have a maximum capacity, and sometimes fill as early as January. Classroom space is limited, especially in laboratories, and we strive for excellent instructor-to-student ratios to ensure quality experiences.

Unfortunately, this means that an exploration you find interesting may be unavailable this summer. Luckily, with over 50 explorations to choose from, there are many other options that you can still consider - check out our course catalog to learn more. CLICK HERE

Below is a listing of courses that are at maximum capacity for 2017, but please consider a second choice! Many of these courses are offered each year, so we encourage you to check back in December 2017 to register for these full courses! For 2018, consider:

Engineering 101 (grades 6-8, July 9-July 15)
AND (grades 9-11, July 16-22). Additional course fee of $25.00.

Not sure which engineering area appeals to you? Explore a variety of disciplines, including mechanical, electrical, chemical, civil, and environmental engineering. Discover whether metal has a memory; learn how to purify water; program a robot; and design and build bridges, gliders, and/or prosthetic legs, and test them to see how well they perform. You'll work in teams and approach engineering challenges from a fresh perspective.

Electrical and Computer Engineering (grades 9-11, July 9-15)

Explore the world of computer and electrical engineering through simple circuits and digital logic. Imagine the future world of "smart" electronics and how engineers are creating them. Perform many experiments demonstrating the basic principles of computer and electrical engineering, including designing and constructing your own printed circuit board.

Mechanical Engineering: Automotive Engineering (grades 9-11, July 9-15). Additional course fee of $50.

Discover the world of automotive engineering. See the vehicles Michigan Tech's student teams design and build for competitions, such as the Clean Snowmobile Challenge, Formula SAE, Baja SAE, Hybrid Electric Vehicle, and Supermileage. Tour facilities where they work. Learn the expanded basics of engines and other vehicle technology.

Mobile Robotics (grades 9-11, July 16-22, AND grades 6-8, July 23-29). Additional course fee of $25.00

Jump in headfirst into the world of autonomous mobile robotics. From concept to construction to computation, this exploration involves building and programming your own robot. Students are expected to solder, build, and program their way through several mini competitions. Join the world of robotics!

Chemical Engineering (grades 9-11, July 9-15). Additional course fee of $50.00.

The greatest challenge facing chemical engineers today is producing the products our society demands in a safe and environmentally friendly way. Explore alternative energy, chemical reactions, separation processes, and more, through hands-on laboratory activities. Learn about chemical engineering while operating state-of-the-art equipment in our best-in-class laboratory facilities.

Computing Elements (grades 9-11, July 9-15). Additional course fee of $50.00.

Have you ever wondered how computers really work, beneath all those lines of code? This course will introduce you to digital logic, and the design and implementation of logic circuits. From flashing lights, to building a robot, and even making a simple processor of your own design, this class will teach you all about the basics of electronics (with a digital logic focus), and the elements beneath today's technological marvels. Previous coding and electronics experience is helpful, but the only thing that is required is a motivation to learn and create!

Medical Laboratory Science (grades 9-11, July 9-15)
Prerequisite: One year of high school biology is recommended. Additional course fee of $25.00.

Medical laboratory scientists use their background in biology and chemistry to develop test procedures that improve the healthcare industry. Perform your own laboratory exercises in clinical chemistry, immunology, parasitology, microbiology, hematology, blood banking, and urinalysis. Possible activities include testing blood glucose and cholesterol; testing for infectious mononucleosis; looking for malaria, pinworms, or giardia (parasitology); growing and identifying possible disease-causing bacteria (microbiology); looking at blood cells (hematology). Safety protocols are followed closely in all explorations.

Geological Engineering (grades 9-11, July 9-15). Additional course fee of $25.00.

The Keweenaw Peninsula is called the Copper Country because of its rich deposits of copper. Geological Engineering will take you on a journey through the incredible history of Keweenaw geology: from the formation an ancient volcanic rift and its enormous loads of native copper, to the glaciers that uncovered them, and the miners who powered the Keweenaw's thriving copper mining industry through the early 1900's. In the lab, you will discover how rocks and minerals are formed and learn to use specialized tools and the scientific method to identify them in the field. You will spend most of the week outside, examining geological evidence, mapping ancient lava flows and rock beds, exploring underground mines, collecting samples at old mines and on the beaches of Lake Superior, and sharpening your skills as a geologist in order to understand the events that have shaped the Keweenaw landscape to present.

What to bring: You will need comfortable boots or sturdy shoes for walking in semi-wilderness areas, rain gear, a warm jacket or sweater, flashlight, and insect repellent or a long-sleeved shirt.

Island Explorations on Isle Royale (grades 9-11, June 25-July 1 AND July 23-29)

Prerequisites: Students should have the ability to carry a backpack (loaded with 30-50lbs of equipment, food, and supplies) for 3-5 miles per day. Some previous hiking or backpacking experience is helpful, but not required. Previous experience in the wilderness is also helpful, but not required.

Head to Isle Royale National Park for a hiking and camping adventure on one of the least-visited national parks! Prior to leaving the mainland, we will cover basic principles of Leave No Trace Ethics, what to expect while on the island, review health and dietary needs, and finalize packing for the trip. Group gear, such as tents, cooking equipment, stoves, water filters, will be distributed on Sunday evening. While on the island, we will explore the northeast end around Rock Harbor, Three Mile, and Daisy Farm. Some highlights include hiking to the top of Mt. Ojibway and Mt. Franklin, swimming in Lake Superior, a possible moose sighting, and great star gazing!

Participants will be hiking every day with their camp on their back, including personal gear, as well as a portion of group gear and food. Past explorations have seen moose on this trip, but a sighting is not guaranteed. Expect to have fun, hike a lot, see many unique and awe inspiring sights, and bring home plenty of stories from this remote location! Plan for it to be considerably colder in the evenings on the Island.

What to bring: You will need comfortable, broken-in hiking boots, a compact sleeping bag and stuff sack, and a well-fitting backpack (three thousand cubic inches or more). A detailed packing list and gear rental guide will be sent to you for your exploration.
Special note: Live-in only. This exploration returns to campus after the charter bus has departed. Therefore, please make overnight accommodations and travel arrangements accordingly.

Keweenaw Outdoor Adventures 101 (grades 6-8, July 9-15)

Serving as an opportunity to try a handful of different activities, Keweenaw Outdoor Adventure 101 will have participants hiking, checking out waterfalls, exploring the beaches and bluffs of the Keweenaw, and learning about the history of this area through experiential learning. Each day will be spent exploring and learning about a new outdoor recreation location in the Keweenaw Peninsula.

Participants will be introduced to basic outdoor recreation concepts including water filtration, Leave No Trace Wilderness Ethics, basic map reading, and geo-heritage topics related to the area. Participants will have the opportunity to explore some hidden wonders of the Keweenaw by hiking every day--leaving after breakfast and returning before dinner. Some days may include a paddle trip or other type of outdoor adventure. Expect to spend the day outside and active, with a portion of time in transit as well.

What to bring: Participants will need comfortable, broken-in athletic shoes or hiking boots, a day pack to bring any extra clothes, a lunch, a water bottle, and rain gear. No overnight camping equipment is needed, participants will be staying on campus each night.

Medical Physiology (grades 9-11, July 9-15)

How do all of the body's systems work together? Discover how a healthy body functions and explore the structure and physiology of muscles, lungs, heart, blood, and the nervous system. Record and interpret an electrocardiogram, perform vision tests, and measure your reflex time under various condition times.

Note: Students should be prepared to perform or observe dissections - wear long long pants and closed-toed shoes.

Materials Science and Engineering, (grades 9-11, July 23-29, AND grades 6-8, July 16-11). Additional course fee of $25.00.

Look around you materials are everywhere, and understanding the underlying science allows us to engineer new and improved materials. So what are materials, how do we create them, how do we measure their behaviors so we can compare them, how do we look into the structure of materials? Come join us for a week filled with fun and learning and you will find the answers to these and many more questions. Explore these questions using a balanced mixture of science and hands-on engineering. In this exploration you will create your own materials metals, ceramic composites, and polymers using a variety of methods, have a competition as to whose is the strongest, whose polymer bounces the highest. Learn the ancient art of blacksmithing one of the first materials processing methods still active today! Discover how atoms are assembled in materials and peer into their structures which control how they behave.

What to bring: Some of the activities are quite dirty, so bring old clothes and, of course, a strong curiosity.
Note: Students should wear long pants and closed-toe shoes. Bring old clothes, and prepare to get dirty.

Civil Engineering (grades 9-11, July 9-15)

How do civil engineers design and build skyscrapers? How are bridges strong enough to hold the weight of traffic? Answer these and other questions by making and breaking concrete, creating models, and visiting local structures designed by civil engineers.

Note: Students should wear long pants and sturdy, closed-toed shoes or boots. Be prepared to get dirty!

Coding for the Internet of Things (grades 9-11, July 9-15)

More and more everyday objects have network connectivity, allowing them to send and receive data or be programmed and controlled over the internet. We call this the Internet of Things (IoT.) In this course, students learn the fundamentals of programming while interacting with online devices. You will learn to monitor, control, and program the Internet of Things!

Forensic Science and CSI (grades 6-8, July 16-22). Additional course fee of $25.00.

How can you track down a criminal? Learn how forensic scientists solve crimes though procedures like DNA analysis, blood-typing and splatter analysis, facial reconstruction, and more. Examine bones and tooth impressions and perform your own autopsy through a class dissections. Students will also work in a team to investigate and solve a mock crime scene. Note: Students should wear long pants and closed-toe shoes.

Blacksmithing (grades 9-11, July 9-15). Additional course fee of $50.00.

Explore the art of blacksmithing. Learn how to draw out, punch holes, upset the end of a bar, and split steel with a chisel. Bend, rivet, and twist bars, and make scrolls. Learn how to build your own forge and anvil to begin smithing on your own. What to bring: Old jeans, long-sleeve shirt, and leather shoes (no open-toe shoes). Do not wear flammable materials.
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