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Sparking Imaginations 

(The following article was written by RMU senior writer Valentine J. Brkich and first appeared at the RMU News Blog.)

Pittsburgh -- From July 19 through Aug. 6, Robert Morris University held its annual Summer Day Camps, hosted by the School of Engineering, Mathematics and Science (SEMS).

The SEMS Summer Day Camps give local middle-grade and high school students hands-on learning experiences in animatronics, forensics, and a variety of science-related topics.

In the CSI-Forensics camp, students were exposed to many areas that real crime-scene investigators use in their line of work, such as trace analysis; digital, DNA, and mathematical forensics, and forgery detection.

Animatronics is the art and science of designing and building animated sculptures and puppetry. In this camp, led by Arif Sirinterlikci, director of the Engineering Laboratories, students designed, built, and integrated components that gave them the background to create their own animatronic model.

“Spark Your Imagination” gave middle school students many opportunities to engage in a variety science topics including biology, environmental science, chemistry, and physics, as they explored science through an inter-disciplinary approach, combining art and science with hands-on activities.