PMSA junior and Bellwood resident Darius Goodrich spent the summer increasing his testing and engineering skills through Purdue University’s Engineering Camp.
The Purdue University Pre-Freshman and Cooperative Education (PREFACE) program was developed in 1980 and designed to give students completing their freshman or sophomore year in high school an opportunity to explore engineering for a week on Purdue’s main campus. Students nationwide were chosen based on their high school grades and their math or science teachers’ recommendation.
During the camp, Goodrich had an opportunity to design a video game, work on problem solving skills, improve his testing skills, and make new friends.
“The best part about it was being on campus and getting to take a tour and see everything there,” said Goodrich. “One of my favorite parts was going into their chemistry lab. All of the technology there was really amazing.”
Goodrich says he learned a great deal through the program and its various projects, which included building a Dance Revolution dance pad and a blimp. Students also created computer blogs and worked on their problem solving skills.
“I learned a lot of new ideas,” said Goodrich. “We learned how to solve problems better, I improved my mathematical skills, and I learned how to manage my time more wisely.”
At the end of the program Purdue held a luncheon and awards ceremony. Goodrich’s team won 2 awards: 1st place for their Dance Revolution pad and 2nd place for their blimp.
Congratulations Darius! We’re proud of you!