Photo of Barclay students tallying results from their engineering tests

In two innovative summer programs offered through the partnership between the Johns Hopkins Whiting School of Engineering and Barclay Elementary/Middle School and held at Barclay last week, Baltimore area students explored everything from computer programming and video game design to how to engineer a package that will keep ice cream cold as it travels from the factory to retail outlets.

In “Inventors Camp,” 5th graders from Barclay and other Baltimore area schools worked with staff from Barclay School, the Whiting School’s Center for Educational Outreach, and several volunteer JHU students to create ice cream packaging and to design a portable water filtration device. During the program, students visited JHU’s Digital Media Center, where they worked with staff to design and create logo buttons for their projects.

In “Makey from Scratch” camp, middle school students from Barclay and other schools used “Scratch,” a simple video game creation software and “Makey Makey” kits, which allow students to design creative video game controllers under the supervision of WSE staff and undergraduate student mentors through JHU’s Charm City Science League.

Check out this album of images from the students’ exciting week as engineers.