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JEMS Students working on robotics

JEMS Workshop

Students Get Hands-On Experience at JEMS Workshop

By Tara Roberts

 The University of Idaho’s Junior Engineering, Math and Science (JEMS) Summer Workshop brings together high-school students from Idaho, Washington and across the country to learn basic engineering principles and produce hands-on projects.

The workshop, which is sponsored by the UI College of Engineering, has been going on in some form for most of the past 40 years. This year, 24 students attended the week-long program.

“The goal is just to let the kids have fun in an engineering environment,” says Bob Rinker, an associate professor of computer science who helped lead the camp. “They learn some new skills they can apply in a project over the course of the week.”

JEMS RobotAt the 2013 workshop, the students’ task was to design a small vehicle that could move minerals at a miningoperation on an alien planet. Their instructors threw a last-minute twist into the scenario with an earthquake that required the students to modify their design. The students tested their vehicles and competed for prizes on the workshop’s final day.

The workshop’s lessons and projects give the students a chance to learn principles of electricity, microcontroller programming, motors, gears and other engineering skills, as well as focus and prioritization skills.

“My favorite part of all engineering is getting to build stuff,” says Lexi Edwards of Moscow, who attended the workshop and will be a high school senior in the fall. It puts everything we learn together – you actually have it in front of you.”