California 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. Old or unsuccessful programs are always being eliminated or modified. A substantial number of programs specifically target minorities, women, and other groups traditionally underrepresented in the sciences. 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.

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Cal Poly State University, San Luis Obispo, California
EPIC – Engineering Possibilities in College

Are you interested in building a rocket, growing new blood vessels, creating an Android phone app, or designing a water filter for Third World countries? These creative opportunities and many more await you at EPIC — Engineering Possibilities in College — a summer camp at Cal Poly for students in grades 7 to 12. The EPIC summer camp for middle and high school students offers an exploration of engineering disciplines using the Cal Poly Learn-By-Doing approach. Students will attend hands-on lab courses in various engineering disciplines, taught by Cal Poly professors, corporate engineers and grad students. The week will include fun activities, industry tours, classes on college admissions and guest speakers. At the end of the week parents & friends are invited to the Student Showcase where students will proudly exhibit the engineering projects they completed. High school programs are residential. Middle school program is a day-camp with a residential option. Need-based scholarships are available.
Contact: EPIC Program Director, College of Engineering Student Affairs, 1 Grand Ave, Bldg 40-117, San Luis Obispo, CA 93410 (805-756-1324).
Email: [email protected]
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iD Tech Camps
Summer Technology and Computer Camps

Love programming, gaming, or robotics?  Take hobbies further and gain a competitive edge! Create iPhone apps, programs with C++ and Java, video games, websites, movies, 3D models, robots, photos, and more.  Accredited Continuing Education Units are available.  Over 130,000 students ages 7-17 have enrolled in fun and challenging, weeklong, day and overnight programs held at 60 prestigious universities in 27 states including Stanford, Santa Clara, Sac State, UCLA, UCSB, UC Irvine, and others.  Small classes (max 8:1) are guaranteed, and taught by adult-only instructors for personalized curriculum with a small group to optimize learning and social experiences. Additional multi-week summer camp teen programs for ages 13-18 at select universities include: iD Gaming Academy, iD Programming Academy, and iD Visual Arts Academy (filmmaking and photography).
Email: [email protected]

iD Programming Academy for Teens
2-Week. Overnight Summer Program

What could be better than spending 2 weeks with other Teens who share your same interests.  Discover a potential career while interacting with industry professionals, building a portfolio for college, and engaging in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) education. Courses: Robotics Engineering & Coding, iPhone App Development, Android App Development, and more.  Learn in small classes (guaranteed max 8:1) taught by top-tier instructors. Held at Stanford, UCLA, MIT, Yale, UT Austin, Princeton, American, and Lake Forest College. Accredited Continuing Education Units available. Also, year-round learning opportunities.  Additional multi-week summer camp Teen programs for ages 13-18 at select universities include: iD Gaming Academy and iD Visual Arts Academy (filmmaking and photography). Locations: Held at Stanford, UCLA, MIT, Yale, UT Austin, Princeton, American, and LFC.
Contact: 1-888-709-TECH (8324)
Email: [email protected]

Johns Hopkins University, Whiting School of Engineering
Engineering Innovation, Sites: CSU-CI, CSU-Fullerton, CSU-LA, PCC, U of C-Santa Barbara (MESA only), U of P - Stockton (MESA only), CLU
Session 1: Dates vary, check our website

Learn to think and problem-solve like an engineer while earning Johns Hopkins University credit. Through Engineering Innovation, high school students put engineering concepts to the test.  Applying their knowledge of math and science to labs and hands-on projects, concepts they’ve learned in their high school classrooms are suddenly linked to real-world practice. Students’ confidence grows as they attend college-level lectures, tackle problems, test theories, and ultimately learn to think like engineers.
Contact: Meg Bentley, Engineering Innovation, JHU, 3400 N. Charles Street, Shaffer Hall 103, Baltimore, MD 21218, 410-516-6224
Email: [email protected]

National Society of Black Engineers
Summer Engineering Experience for Kids (SEEK)

JOIN THE FUN IN LEARNING!  The SEEK Program is designed to be a fun and engaging educational experience, led by NSBE engineering students and technical professionals dedicated to pursuing professional excellence and giving back to the community. The SEEK Program utilizes a hands-on design curriculum supplied by various Educational Curriculum companies and Cooperate Sponsors.  Campers will work in teams, using their knowledge to solve problems and create products while discovering the underlying math and science principles involved in these processes.  Each week, the campers will take on a new project, culminating with a presentation, design competition and physical competitions that all parents are encouraged to attend. This FREE three-week program is open to students who are current 3rd through 5th graders or current 6th through 8th graders (6th-8th offered in selected locations). The program will be held at a local elementary school or middle school, and will include 100 students in each grade level, for a total of 300 students served per program.  Fifty Collegiate mentors will be utilized to facilitate the program. The camp is a commuter-based program for students, Monday through Friday, 8:30 am and ending at 3:30 pm (times may vary at certain locations).  SEEK Inspiring the NEXT Generation of Engineers! Visit our website for more information and locations.
Email: [email protected]
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San Bernardino Community College District
Career Exploration Day-Camp

Career Exploration Day-Camp is for Middle School students entering 6th through exiting 8th grades in the Fontana, Rialto, San Bernardino City, Colton, Redlands, and Yucaipa-Calimesa School Districts. Featuring hands-on laboratory, field trips and career exploration experiences in the fields of Science, Technology Engineering and Math. Cost: $35 Processing fee.
Email: [email protected]
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San Francisco State University
Summer Engineering Institute 

The Summer Engineering Institute is a two-week residential program for high school students at the San Francisco State University campus, where participants will be provided with real-world context to the study of engineering through practical, meaningful, applied and hands-on problem solving and design-oriented projects.
Contact: Cañada College Summer Enrichment Programs, Bldg 18 Rm 109, 4200 Farm Hill Blvd., Redwood City, CA 94061 (650-306-3321)
Email: [email protected]
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Santa Clara University
Summer Engineering Seminar (SES) 

SES is a special summer experience for high school juniors who have an interest in science, mathematics, engineering and related careers. The program is designed to acquaint students with the engineering profession, the academic expectations of college, and university life. It provides participants with a chance to explore the possibilities of engineering as a career while living in a university residence halls. Participants attend specially designed workshops taught by engineering faculty that spans the range of the field of engineering. Workshops are a mix of interactive lectures and interactive activities and labs. If accepted, this program has no cost to participants outside of transportation to and from the university. Women and other underrepresented groups in the field of engineering are highly encouraged to apply. Students must be current high school juniors to apply.
Contact: Shane Wibeto, Santa Clara University, Santa Clara, CA (408-554-4728)
Email: [email protected]
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The Summer Science Program

One of the longest-running and most successful pre-college enrichment programs, SSP offers motivated students an exciting immersion into real-world, hands-on science. Working in teams of three, students determine the orbit of an asteroid from their own observations, measurements, and software. College-level lectures in astronomy, physics, calculus, and programming provide the practical and theoretical tools for this research. This six-week residential program includes behind-the-scenes field trips to places like Jet Propulsion Lab or the Very Large Array. Since 1959 students have described SSP as an intense, exhilarating intellectual and social environment, "the educational experience of a lifetime". Two campuses, in California and New Mexico. See website for brochure, application, and alumni comments.
Contact: Richard Bowdon, Summer Science Program, Ojai, CA 93024-0850 (866-728-0999).
EMail: [email protected]
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University of California, Los Angeles
Sci | Art NanoLab

The Sci | Art NanoLab is a highly competitive summer program for high school juniors and seniors interested in collaborating with diverse minds to challenge traditional, polarized perspectives of the arts and sciences. Throughout the 2-week intensive program, students will experience life in a research university setting, where they will meet world-renowned researchers and work collaboratively with their peers from many disciplines, all in a Los Angeles urban environment! Sponsored by UCLA’s Art | Science Center, the Department of Design | Media Arts and the California NanoSystems Institute, the Sci | Art NanoLab seeks to cultivate an integrated approach to learning based on creative insight as a means to address the future challenges of society. Join us for the 2011 UCL Sci | Art NanoLab and IMAGINE THE IMPOSSIBLE!!!
Contact: Adam Z. Stieg, Director, Sci|Art NanoLab, 570 Westwood Plaza, Los Angeles, CA 90095, (310.983.1026).
Email: [email protected]
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