Texas Tech Hosts Informative Summer Camp

Students are invited to learn to “run on the wind” this summer.

Written by Jaryn Jones

As the wind power industry continues to grow, so does the need for individuals with knowledge and expertise on wind power production. Texas Tech University’s Institute for the Development and Enrichment of Advanced Learners (IDEAL) will host a summer camp June 5-10 that explores the power of the wind. Students entering grades 7-11 are encouraged to attend the six-day, five-night camp and learn skills necessary to succeed as a future wind scientist.

Registration fee is $625 and includes instruction, room and board, t-shirt and recreation. Balance and refund deadline is May 20. Registrations are accepted on a first-come, first served basis, and early registration is highly encouraged.

Throughout the week, university and public school faculty will teach classes regarding wind as a clean and renewable energy source. Campers will be grouped by age and enjoy hands-on activities that expand various aspects of wind science. Classes will cover basics of wind turbine design and teach students how to forecast and measure the wind. Campers will even build and test their own wind turbines.

Each night, campers will enjoy summer fun including swimming, basketball, volleyball, a pizza party and a trip to Main Event.

Students will be housed in Texas Tech residence halls. Each student will have one roommate, and one counselor will be assigned to every 15 campers. Campers may request a specific roommate, although the request is not guaranteed. All meals will be served in dining halls.

For more information and registration forms visit http://www.depts.ttu.edu/weweb/announcements/run%20on%20the%20wind_2011.pdf.

CONTACT: Michelle Hamman, assistant director, IDEAL, (806) 742-7200 or michelle.hamman@ttu.edu.