By Bill Hand
(Sun Journal) Havelock NC – The world needs more engineers — Cherry Point has more than 900 on the payroll — and a week-long camp is running this week to draw more of them.
Craven Community College’s Havelock Campus hosted the 11th annual engineering camp for middle school students. It is sponsored by N.C. State University along with CCC and Cherry Point.
The camp started Monday and will run through Friday. During that time, students are introduced to various fields of engineering through hands-on classes. This year, engineering professor and event director Bill Fortney told students they would work together to design a heart valve and a race car, and will learn to program a robotic device, among other activities.
The theme, he said, was innovation — thinking outside the box — as a key aspect of engineering success.
As an example of innovation, he talked about the Blackberry phone — highly popular when it came out, he said, it was a vast improvement as a phone but was never innovative.
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