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Forensics, gaming, biotech among Lawrence Tech summer camps for high school students

Release Date: April 7, 2009

Southfield, Mich. - This summer Lawrence Technological University will offer 10 enrichment camps that will introduce high school students to academic topics that could lead to a college major or even a career.

The studios and laboratories of Lawrence Tech's Southfield campus will be utilized by the enrichment camps. The instructors will be Lawrence Tech faculty and practitioners. Nine of the camps are for high school juniors and seniors, and one camp is for sophomores and juniors.

Students who choose to live on campus during the camps will also participate in organized activities in the evenings.

For information, go to www.ltu.edu/community_k12/summer_camps.asp.

For questions and to enroll, contact Lisa Kujawa, Lawrence Tech's assistant provost for enrollment management, at kujawa@ltu.edu. Here are the camps with pricing for day and residential campers:

Forensic Summer Science Institute
June 29 to July 3 and July 6-10, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., $390/residential $550.

Offered to high school sophomores and juniors highly motivated in biology, chemistry and physics. Students are given a crime scenario to solve using state-of-the-art lab equipment to explore DNA fingerprinting, drug testing, hair and fiber analysis, ballistics, etc.

Alternative Energy and Power Generation Camp
July 13-17, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., $550/residential $650.
Working in Lawrence Tech's Alternative Energy Research Laboratory, students learn the fundamentals of hydrogen fuel cells, solar heating, photovoltaic panels, biomass, wind turbines and geothermal systems.

Gaming Camp
June 29 to July 3, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., $550/residential $650.
Learn the concepts of game design and the basics of 3D graphics production, including modeling, texturing and animating. Create mini-game portfolios.

Biotechnology Camp
July 27-31, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., $550/residential $650.
In a research lab setting, learn how to genetically engineer bacteria, purify and quantify proteins, and clone genes. Discover how DNA-profiling and other high-tech tools can be used to solve crimes, diagnose diseases and track the outbreak of infections.

Biomedical Engineering Camp
July 13-17, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., $500/residential $600.
Explore the biomedical engineer's role in designing procedures and equipment used in the medical field. Team projects acquaint students with instrumentation used in medical settings and basic engineering design tools.

Entrepreneurial Discovery BizCamp
June 15-19, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., $200/residential $300.
Meet local entrepreneurs and learn about the challenges and rewards of running a business. Hands-on activities culminate with a business plan competition.

Automotive Design Camp
June 21-26, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., $500/residential $665.
Learn about the design and development of concept cars, create ideation sketches and experiment with scale modeling. Professionals give demonstrations and evaluate student work.

Architecture and Interior Design Camp
June 22-26, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., $500/residential $665.
Visualize space and form, draw plans, make models and select furniture and colors. Meet with professional architects and interior designers.

Imaging and Graphic Design Camp
June 22-26, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., $500/residential $600.
See what it takes to be a graphic designer as they develop skills in sketching, photography, computer-based graphics and animation. They create artwork for computer games, cartoons and advertising layouts.

Autonomous Robotics Camp
July 6-10, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., $500/residential $600.
Assemble Lawrence Tech's laptop robot, L2Bot. Explore concepts in autonomous robotics navigation, image processing, computer vision and voice recognition while learning the basics of object-oriented Java programming.

Lawrence Technological University, ltu.edu, offers over 80 undergraduate, master's and doctoral degree programs in Colleges of Architecture and Design, Arts and Sciences, Engineering and Management. Founded in 1932, the 4,500-student, private university pioneered evening classes 75 years ago, and today has a growing number of weekend and online programs. Lawrence Tech's 102-acre campus is in Southfield, and programs are also offered in Detroit, Lansing, Livonia, Petoskey and Traverse City. Lawrence Tech also offers programs with partner universities in Mexico, Europe, the Middle East and Asia.