In the spring and summer we offer structural engineering camps for middle and high school students at Hofstra University. The camps introduce participants to a range of structural elements including columns, cables, arches, and beams. Campers learn the fundamental concepts of structural engineering while studying great works such as the George Washington Bridge. Short lectures present not only the scientific aspects of bridges and buildings, but also the social and symbolic aspects of these structures. Hands-on exercises enable students to gain a physical understanding of how structural elements behave. Workshops provide students with the opportunity to build their own physical models of structures such as suspension bridges, cable nets, tension membranes, trusses, shell roofs, and geodesic domes.
For additional information on Hofstra’s camps visit https://www.hofstra.edu/academics/ce/ce_youth_programs_long_island.html.