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July 8, 2011
Ocean Engineering Experience 2011
For immediate release: July 6, 2011
OCEAN ENGINEERING EXPERIENCE July 9 – July 16st
OEX Public Events, Friday, July 15:
Cambridge, MA, May 20 – The MIT Ocean Engineering Experience (OEX), a week-long intensive summer academic program in its second year, begins, July 9 with 17 high school students from across the US and around the world. A final demonstration event will take place Friday, July 15 at 1 PM at MIT’s Sailing Pavilion. At 5 PM, also on July 15, the participants will give presentations about their work at the MIT Museum. OEX was founded by the MIT Sea Grant College Program and the MIT Center for Ocean Engineering.
The program piloted in 2010 with eight students and was a great success. Brooke Winslow, a 2010 OEX participant remembers, “We had a jam-packed schedule the entire time, which made it tons of fun,” She adds, “The experience was exhilarating and the mentors there taught us everything we needed, but the team had complete creative control.” Following her OEX experience, Brooke applied, and was admitted to, MIT. She’ll join the class of 2015 in the fall.
Topics covered during the week include forces and moments, basic electric circuits, DC motors, engineering design, and basic engineering measurements and analysis. Instruction, utilizing state-of-the-art laboratories of the Center for Ocean Engineering at MIT, is provided by MIT research staff and faculty, as well as MIT student mentors, with experience in robotics, ocean engineering, mechanical engineering and other related expertise.
The 2011 OEX project will be the construction of a radio-controlled boat. The boat will house a solar panel and wind turbine fabricated by the students. OEX participants will use the boat to explore solar and wind alternative energy and how it varies throughout the Charles River. There will also be indicator towers on the boat to show how much wind or solar energy is being gained at a given time.
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