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Ed Lumley Centre for Engineering Innovation

Lancer Engineering Camps 

The Faculty of Engineering invites children from ages 8 to 12 to take part in UWindsor's Virtual Lancer Engineering Summer Camp. UWindsor is offering its 2021 virtual summer camp free of charge. Each session will be hosted on the University of Windsor’s Engineering Outreach Virtual Classroom Blackboard site. This is the official platform used by the University of Windsor for online learning. 

Coding And Virtual Reality

10 a.m. to 12 p.m., Thursday, July 22nd
10 a.m. to 12 p.m., Thursday, August 12th

Participants will create a Virtual Reality space with coding and learn about software development and engineering. Participants do not require any prior experience in virtual reality and/or coding.

Coding For An Amazon Alexa

10 a.m. to 12 p.m., Tuesday, July 20th
10 a.m. to 12 p.m., Tuesday, August 10th

Participants will learn how to code for an Amazon Alexa device using an online simulator and learn about software development and engineering. An Amazon Alexa Device is not required, and no previous coding experience is required.

Building An Extended Grabber

10 a.m. to 12 p.m., Monday, July 26th
10 a.m. to 12 p.m., Monday, August 16th

In this activity, participants will build their own extendable grabbing tool using common household materials to lift and move cups off the ground. You will learn mechanical engineering principles by creating a basic machine; the machine design uses levers to transfer an applied force to pick up an object. Participants will be challenged to see how many cups they can move with their “grabber” within one minute.  

Materials Needed
clear tape  
8 popsicle sticks (8 is the minimum but have extra in case they are needed)  
2 milkshake straws (2 is the minimum but have extra in case they are needed)  
2 BBQ skewers (2 is the minimum but have extra in case they are needed)  
2 rubber bands (2 is the minimum but have extra in case they are needed)  
10 small lightweight cups for testing (styrofoam paper cups are preferred)  
30 cm ruler or a measuring tape to measure 30 cm on the surface that will be used for testing (you can mark the ends with tape)

The Three Boats

10 a.m. to 12 p.m., Wednesday, July 28th
10 a.m. to 12 p.m., Wednesday, August 18th

In this activity, participants will learn about fluid mechanics by designing three boats that are different shapes using different materials and that use the force of buoyancy to float. They will discover how boats of different materials will react with water and if they will float or sink before and after weights are added. Participants will have the freedom to build their vessels any way they like as long as they meet the provided requirements. Each boat must be able to float, carry a type of weight (such as marbles, rocks, coins, etc.) and be able to move freely in the water. The boats will be compared to one another to see which boats were designed best and which materials demonstrate these principles.

Note – each boat would be approximately 8 cm x 17 cm although the constructed boats can be smaller or slightly larger depending on the container used.  

Materials Needed
Popsicle sticks (regular sized)  
​Sponges or craft foam
Tupperware/jar lid
At least 10 marbles/coins/similar sized rocks (or objects similar that can be used as weights)
A type of large container (has to fit at least one of the boats)
Access to water for activity to fill containers
Extra decorative craft items to customize your boat (optional)


A guest link will be sent to the parent/guardian’s email to access our Blackboard site upon registration. Further information, including a description of each activity and the itinerary, is included below in the registration link. For the Building An Extended Grabber and The Three Boats activities, participants will need to have their own basic supplies consisting of common household items. A supply list for each activity is provided and a reminder email will be sent out prior to the event.

Spaces are limited to 30 participants per session. Register here.

More Information

For more information, please contact Mike Konstantino, the Engineering Outreach Coordinator, at