July 20 - 24, 2020
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday
3225 Calle Pinon
Santa Barbara, CA
Would you like to design a vertical farm, prevent run-off pollution from entering our waterways, and discover how plastics can be made from plants? Then join us for a fun, hands-on-learning experience in agricultural, environmentaland chemical engineering while solving a variety of real-world cases! This camp will explore problems like food scarcity related to population growth, how rivers, lakes, and oceans become polluted when rainwater can’t soak through pavement in cities, and the millions of tons of non-biodegradable plastics that are in our landfills and ocean. As an agricultural engineering team, campers build a model vertical farm as a potential solution to current food production limitations. Vertical farms are still a new concept with only a few prototype examples worldwide, so campers get the chance to imagine what the future could bring. Then as environmental engineers, campers redesign a model city and experiment with different technologies that can control polluted stormwater runoff and help clean our rivers, lakes and oceans. And finally, we use chemical engineering skills to develop bioplastics—plastics made from plant-based materials—as a potential solution to current plastic problems. This camp teaches an inquiry-based design process and guides students through problem solving as they work through open-ended problems creatively!