Pre-Engineering Summer Camps!

  • The following camp directory lists some of the summer camps for K-12 students in engineering throughout the United States and Canada that are and were previously offered. The directory lists camps that have been hosted by Universities and research centers in the past. Please note that all camps may not be offered every year and that new camps and programs are currently being added. The programs offered change frequently, and this database is not comprehensive. This is only meant to be a guide to aid your search for engineering education preparation tools. Many of the programs offer scholarships and may have application deadlines as early as January. If you are interested in a program, please email, call or write the organization listed for an application and the most current information available.


    University of Michigan

    Ann Arbor Campus

    Michigan Summer Engineering SEA Camp Applications Due March 4th.

    MITE (Michigan Introduction to Technology & Engineering) 
    Entering 10th and 11th graders
    The MITE program is designed to excite, engage, educate and empower the participants with an integrated curriculum that centers on an engineering based project. The program takes place in July and August and has approximately forty student participants. The students attended four key academic support classes: Technical Communications, Engineering Math, Professional Development, and Engineering Concepts, which are designed to support the project on which the students are focused while working in partnership with their in-school experience of those subject areas. These students also participate in workshops on entrepreneurship, cultural engagement, preparing for college alongside activities outside of the classroom, including guided tours of the college and university facilities and outdoor recreation activities.

    SCEEP (Summer College Engineering Exposure Program)
    Entering 12th graders
    The SCEEP program is designed to familiarize students with various engineering disciplines offered at UM and to acquaint them with the university campus, support services, and other resources. The program is conducted in multiple sessions throughout July and August. Thirty students are invited to take part in each session offered and those participants attend four classes (Technical Communications, Engineering Concepts, Engineering Math, and Professional Development), which are designed to develop their understanding of engineering, its disciplines and the process to follow when applying for Engineering School. The students work on a team multidisciplinary engineering design project and their college portfolio within those classes, however, their experience is enhanced by guided tours of the engineering departments and facilities alongside presentations given by university departments on the admissions process and how to finance their education and fireside chats given by College of Engineering Alumni, Faculty and students. Some of the participants are given the opportunity to take part in an ACT Prep course.

    University of Michigan iD Tech Camps 
    Imagine a small group learning environment where the curriculum is tailored to you. A place where you build critical 21st century STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) skills in intimate clusters of just 8 students maximum per instructor, and collaborate with new friends. Yes, we're a tech camp, but we do not sit in front of digital devices all day. Kids camps and teen camps encompass courses in programming with Java, C++, Python, Scratch, and more, app development with iPhone and Android, Minecraft, modding, FPS and RPG game design, robotics engineering with VEX and LEGO, 3D modeling & animation, filmmaking, photography, and web design. Beginner or advanced, you'll get inspired by energetic, tech-savvy instructors. Do something big this summer!

    Dearborn Campus

    Engineering and Computer Science Experience 
    The tenth annual Engineering/Computer Science Experience is scheduled on Saturday, March 21, 2015, in the Institute for Advanced Vehicle Systems building on the UM-Dearborn campus. This event will include opportunities for students to view design projects, meet current students, and participate in competitions for scholarships and other prizes. Students will register for one of four contests - robotics, programming, simulation, or game design. The first prize for each contest is a $2000 partial tuition scholarship to the University of Michigan-Dearborn College of Engineering and Computer Science.

    Michigan State University Summer Programs

    High School Engineering Institute 
    Intended for rising high school sophomores, juniors and seniors seriously considering engineering as their career choice, this residential program is designed to give in-depth experiences in engineering majors. Each day students will learn about a major and spend time with an engineering faculty member, a graduate student, an undergraduate student engaged in short lecture, demonstrations, hands-on experiments, team-based problem solving, and tours. Presentations by the Honors College, Admissions Office, Study Abroad and The Center (Co-op/Internship and Undergraduate Research Opportunities) as well as tours of engineering research facilities will be conducted.

    Spartan Engineering for Teens 
    Future Spartan Engineering for Teens is designed to be a catalyst in developing students who are motivated and well prepared for careers in science, math, and engineering, specifically in Wireless Integrated MicroSystems. This program is dedicated to teaching future engineers and scientists the skills to be leaders in this exciting interdisciplinary field. Students in the program will use microsensors and robots while developing their skills in science, engineering, and mathematics. While working with science teachers and engineering faculty, students will design and build experiments. Students will learn about various engineering majors, and be involved in short courses, demonstrations, field trips and hands-on experiments.

    Introduction to Radar for Student Engineers 
    This summer program was developed by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) Lincoln Laboratory and it presents a great opportunity to prospective engineering students interested in the field of radars and signal processing. Throughout this two week program, students will work in groups to build their own radar systems by utilizing the concepts learned in short lectures, demonstrations and lab tours. Instructors from MIT and Michigan State University will focus on topics such as radar development, radio waves and ranging, radar range equations, and radar signal modeling. Presentations from different branches of MSU are also a part of this great program.

    Introduction to Robotics Engineering 
    Designed for students interested in exploring the exciting field of robotics. Students will learn about the fields of engineering involved in robotics and will work with NXT and VEX robotics, biomimetic robotic fish, nanorobotics, mechatronics and, manufacturing automation. The program focuses on short lectures, hands-on experiments, team work and lab tours. Presentations from different branches of MSU are also part of the program.

    Michigan Technological University

    Engineering Scholars Program 
    The Engineering Scholars Program (ESP) is a weeklong look at engineering careers in areas like mechanical, computer, environmental, electrical, chemical, biomedical, civil, geological, and materials. Explore engineering by constructing a building strong enough to withstand an earthquake, create an artificial intelligence army, and much more. Get inside info from role models working in engineering fields. Work in teams to tackle awesome group projects. Learn about the college application process and tips for succeeding in university engineering programs. Experience college life-stay in a residence hall, explore campus, and meet others with similar interests. Enjoy team competitions, a variety show, and tons of outdoor activities in Michigan's beautiful Keweenaw Peninsula. Accepted students receive a scholarship valued at over $1,000 that covers tuition, room and board, and supplies. A nonrefundable $295 registration fee is due within ten days of being accepted into the program. Students are responsible for their own travel expenses and spending money for the week.

    Women in Engineering 
    The Women in Engineering (WIE) scholarship program is a fun and intensive weeklong look at engineering careers in areas such as mechanical, computer, environmental, electrical, chemical, biomedical, civil, geological, and materials. Explore engineering by constructing a building strong enough to withstand an earthquake, create an artificial intelligence army, and much more. Get inside info from role models working in engineering fields. Work in teams to tackle awesome group projects. Learn about the college application process and tips for succeeding in university engineering programs. Experience college life-stay in a residence hall, explore campus, and meet others with similar interests. Enjoy team competitions, a variety show, and tons of outdoor activities in Michigan's beautiful Keweenaw Peninsula. Accepted students receive a scholarship valued at over $1,000 that covers tuition, room and board, and supplies. A nonrefundable $295 registration fee is due within ten days of being accepted into the program. Students are responsible for their own travel expenses and spending money for the week.

    National Summer Transportation Institute 
    Michigan Tech's National Summer Transportation Institute (NSTI) is a two-week residential program that allows you to explore today's transportation industry. Learn about planes, trains, ships, and automobiles through awesome hands-on activities and group projects. Tour the Mackinac Bridge Authority and get behind-the-scenes information about the "Mighty Mac"-the third-longest suspension bridge in the country. Travel to Sault Ste. Marie and learn firsthand about the largest waterway traffic system on earth-the Soo Locks shipping canal between Lake Superior and the lower Great Lakes. Spend time with other motivated students who share your passion in a vibrant university setting. Enjoy fun recreational activities and explore the great outdoors in the beautiful Keweenaw Peninsula. Accepted students receive a scholarship valued at over $1,800 that covers tuition, room and board, and supplies. Students are responsible for their own travel expenses and spending money for the week.

    Rail and Intermodal Transportation 
    Explore the exciting world of rail and intermodal transportation. Why are trains called the "green transportation alternative"? How fast can high-speed passenger trains travel? How do containers find their way from China to the US? Find out the answers to these questions and more! Enjoy technical and hands-on tours of rail and intermodal facilities in Ishpeming/Marquette and Duluth/Superior where you can pose your questions directly to the experts! This exploration will travel to various locations throughout the week including Duluth, MN with a night's stay in Superior, WI. Accepted students receive a scholarship that covers tuition, room and board, and supplies. A non-refundable registration fee of $100 is due within 10 days after acceptance into the program.

    Women in Computer Science 
    Women in Computer Science (WiCS) is a weeklong discovery of this fascinating field which is now an integral part of all aspects of our lives. Experience different areas of computing including programming, artificial intelligence, robotics, virtual reality, visualization, networks and security. Learn about the many career opportunities in computing and the excellent job prospects in a wide range of industries. Interact with alumni and role models to get first hand accounts of the diverse careers in computing. Spend time with other smart, young women interested in computing. Get exposed to computing on a range of platforms, from mobile devices to high performance computing. Experience a virtual reality world. Learn theoretical computer science concepts while playing games. Work in teams to complete a group project. Learn about the many career opportunities in computing and the excellent job prospects in a wide range of industries. Interact with alumni and role models to get first hand accounts of the diverse careers in computing. Experience college life - stay in a residence hall, explore campus. Enjoy outdoor activities in Michigan's beautiful Keweenaw Peninsula. If you desire, spend time with a faculty member to discuss your college plans. Accepted students receive a scholarship that covers tuition, room and board, and supplies. A non-refundable registration fee of $100 is due within 10 days after acceptance into the program.