Increasing High School Students’ Interest in Industrial Engineering Through a Summer Camp

  • Emre TokgözEmail author
Part of the EcoProduction book series (ECOPROD)


Students’ transition from high school to university for pursuing an engineering degree can be challenging due to the changes when the lecturing culture changes. Some engineering students spend up to 2 years to figure out the engineering degree that they would want to pursue. Students can be familiarized with the industrial engineering concepts during their junior or senior high school years. In this work, the researcher will present the data collected on high school students’ ability to understand and employ a “lighter” version of the simulation course concepts taught to junior level industrial engineering undergraduate students. The data set was collected during an online summer camp offered to high school students and analyzed qualitatively and quantitatively to observe the summer camp’s impact on high school students’ interest in industrial engineering and simulation concepts. The qualitative and quantitative results both indicated an increase in camp participants’ interest to pursue an industrial engineering degree in the future.


FlexSim Summer camp High school students 


  1. 1.
    Steenkamp, H., Nel, A.L., Carroll, J.: Retention of engineering students. In: 2017 IEEE Global Engineering Education (EDUCON) (2017)Google Scholar
  2. 2.
    Al-Qahtania, H., Aqeela, S., Barnieha, H., Goubaa, A., Hjeija, D., Salema, M., Zouroba, M., Ahmeda, B., Salamaa, G., Kerr, T.: An investigation into the preparation of high school students to pursue an engineering career. In: 6th International Forum on Engineering Education, IFEE 2012 (2013). Procedia Soc. Behav. Sci. 102, 340–351, ElsevierGoogle Scholar
  3. 3.
    Szczepanski, E., Zak, J., Jacyna-Golda, I., Murawski, J.: Simulation support of freight delivery schedule in urban areas. Procedia Eng. 187, 520–525, Elsevier (2017)Google Scholar
  4. 4.
    Chen, L.H., Hu, D.W., Highway, T.: Freight terminal facilities allocation based on FlexSim. Procedia Soc. Behav. Sci. 96, 368–381 (2013)CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  5. 5.
    Konczak, A., Paslawski, J.: Decision support in production planning of Precast concrete slabs based on simulation and learning from examples. Procedia Eng. 122, 81–87, Elsevier (2015)Google Scholar
  6. 6.
    Qian, Z., Sun. H.: A simulation study on production logistics balance based on Petri net + FlexSim. In: International Conference on Education Technology and Information System (ICETIS 2013), pp. 1029–1034 (2013)Google Scholar
  7. 7.
    Beaverstock, M., Greenwood, A.G., Lavery, E., Nordgren, B.: Applied Simulation: Modeling and Analysis Using FlexSim. Flexsim Software Products, Inc. (2012)Google Scholar
  8. 8.

Copyright information

© Springer Nature Switzerland AG 2019

Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Industrial Engineering, School of EngineeringQuinnipiac UniversityHamdenUSA

Personalised recommendations