Engineering Academy: Exploring Electricity

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This camp will provide you with a basic introduction to electricity, whether you’re an aspiring young electrical engineer, a do-it-yourselfer, or just someone who wants to better understand one of the most useful topics in science! You’ll learn the basics of electricity by exploring the physical principles involved, and then building a variety of circuits and devices that demonstrate its many uses. You will experiment with voltage, resistance, current, and capacitance by designing and testing your own circuits to meet challenges that get more complex as the week goes on. Each step of the way, you’ll learn how to analyze why the devices work as they do and get the chance to invent ways to make them better.

Ages: 11-14

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Course Date:
Monday, July 12, 2021 to Friday, July 16, 2021
Course Date Info:

Camp will run from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. each day.

UGA Center for Continuing Education & Hotel
1197 South Lumpkin Street, Athens, GA 30602
United States
Location Info:

Day students will check in on Monday morning between 8:30 and 9:00 a.m. Some classrooms are located around campus, and students may travel by foot, bus or university vehicle to get to classrooms or other camp activities. More details will be available in your confirmation email and in the welcome email sent out three weeks before camp begins.


Day Camp - $400

Lunch - $55/week (optional)

None. This is an introductory course designed for students with little to no background in electrical engineering or physics. Some math is included in this course.  


Ben ThomasDr. Ben Thomas is an instructor in the College of Engineering at the University of Georgia. He teaches a wide variety of classes including engineering graphics, computational methods, mechanical engineering design, numerical methods, and machine hydraulics. Ben is a triple dawg, receiving his bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral degrees from UGA. His bachelor’s degree is in agricultural engineering with a focus in mechanical systems and his post graduate degrees focus on advanced microscopy. With his diverse engineering background, Ben has worked on a wide range of projects from designing a roll over protection systems for tractors, to designing adjustable mounts for specialized optical equipment, and programing advanced image processing applications. He recently developed an outreach program in which undergraduate student members of the local chapter of the National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE) mentor STEM students at Burney-Harris-Lyons Middle School This is Ben’s third year as a Summer Academy Instructor.

What you need for camp/program: 

Please look for the camp outline for required program supplies in your parent information e-mail sent three weeks before your program.