High schoolers experience automotive engineering firsthand at Camp CAR

Posted: July 27, 2021
Camp CAR students in Scott Lab machine shop
Campers learned about different manufacturing processes in the Machine Shop

Last week, the Center for Automotive Research along with the Honda-Ohio State Partnership hosted 24 high school students at Camp CAR, a weeklong summer day camp where participants learned about various aspects of automotive engineering and mobility including simulation, testing and manufacturing.

Camp CAR brought high school students from the Columbus area, around Ohio and across the country to The Ohio State University, and included tours of the Transportation Research Center Inc. and the Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing headquarters.

“I’ve really enjoyed getting the exposure to all of the automotive technology,” said Krishna Choppara, a student at Olentangy Liberty High School. “The fact that I got to come to CAR and see all the different things they are doing from self-driving cars to motorsports is very exciting. Not only that but at camp you’re surrounded by people just as interested in cars as you are, so it’s not just the stuff but also the people who really stimulate you to push yourself.”

Honda hosted Camp CAR at their 99P facility on Kinnear Road, where the campers learned about software engineering, experienced augmented reality, and got to check out the Meraki concept car, a collaborative project between Honda and Columbus College of Art and Design.

“99P was a fun experience,” said Anderson Davis, a Columbus Academy student. “There were lots of cool activities ranging from the fully automated bus all the way to putting together cars in an assembly line.”

The high school students got their hands dirty in the Scott Lab machine shop where they learned about different manufacturing processes and how to use some of the equipment.

The eager group of future engineers learned about automotive engineering that is safer and more efficient, as well as automated and connected vehicles that can communicate with city infrastructure and even drive themselves, navigating complex urban and highway traffic.

“This past week has been a blast,” said Patrick Wang, a student at Dublin Jerome High School. “I really enjoyed learning about the future of the automotive industry, especially all the technological developments made regarding autonomous vehicles. Out of all the features, I found the most interesting to be the connected network, where everyone and everything on the road, even the traffic lights, can communicate with each other. “

Camp CAR group photo
Camp CAR visited TRC Inc. where they toured their new SMART Center.

Camp CAR is an annual summer program for participants aged 14-18. Applications for the 2022 camp will be available at car.osu.edu in the spring of 2022.

by Colleen Herr, Center for Automotive Research