Ceramics Glass
Jun 28, 8:00 am - Jul 02, 5:00 pm
Lecture or Speaker

Ceramic & Glass Engineering Camp

June 28 - July 2, 2020 Cost of Camp: $930 Residential; $775 Commuters

Complete the online Registration form at https://app.campdoc.com/register/alfreduniversitysumcamp 

Deadline May 1, 2020

The Program:
This is a great opportunity to learn about ceramic and glass engineering, to sample life on a college campus and to meet other campers with similar interests and academic ability. The emphasis is on having fun and enjoying our beautiful natural surroundings while learning!

Campers participate in exciting hands-on lab experiences in ceramic processing & tape casting, and glass melting & press forming, working alongside faculty.

With our dynamic, engaging, talented and caring faculty and staff; terrific facilities; and lovely campus, the AU Ceramic & Glass Engineering camp could make this your best summer ever!

Ceramic Processing and Tape Casting:
Ceramic components are at the heart of a vast majority of our everyday items, from cell phones to toilets. At the center of the manufacturing process is ceramic processing - using powders to make usable items. This summer lab exercise will focus on making a ceramic “sun-catcher” that will be fabricated using tape casting, lamination, and glazing, capturing aspects of both historical and advanced ceramic materials and processing techniques. We will discuss the chemistry involved, the reactions that occur at both room temperature and at high temperature, and how these processes affect the properties (light transmission, strength, etc.) of the ceramic component. The students will:

  • Learn about powders and powder processing.
  • Learn to tape cast ceramic materials.
  • Color the ceramic tapes with ceramic colorants.
  • Cut and laminate the tapes to create a "sun-catcher"
  • Fire the samples to create a strong, translucent piece.

Glass Melting and Press Forming:
Glass is everywhere in our daily lives, from the screen on your cell phone and LCD television, to windows, bottles, and fiber optic cables. Unlike other ceramics and materials, glass is not a solid, but a super-cooled liquid. How glass is made, however, is an exciting and visually spectacular event, where raw materials (sand, limestone, and soda ash) are blended and melted at high temperature to form a viscous liquid that can be cast and shaped into objects. This lab exercise will discuss how chemistry affects glass properties and color, making glass, and stress in glass due to cooling. In addition, each student will cast a glass piece to take home! The students will:

  • Learn about glass chemistry and raw materials.
  • Learn to batch glass and mix raw materials.
  • Melt the glass in crucibles in a furnace.
  • Pour the molten glass into "pucks".
  • Press mold these glass pucks into the final form.

Campers arrive between 2:00 and 4:00 PM on Sunday for registration and check-in and they check-out after lunch on Thursday. Campers attend classes/labs during the day and have lots of fun participating in planned recreational activities on and off campus each evening. Living, dining and learning together, they have ample opportunity to get to know each other well and develop lasting friendships. Further information, including a detailed program schedule and driving directions to campus, will be sent to all campers upon acceptance.