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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Alexa Café: Chic, All-Girls Summer Tech Camps
Immerse in this chic concept where girls ages 10-15 discover coding, design, filmmaking, leadership, entrepreneurship, and more in a unique, stylish setting. This program is about more than technology. It's about making the world a better place and innovating solutions to help others in our local communities and beyond our borders. Alexa Café isn't just an all-girls summer tech camp. It's a movement.
These weeklong, day and overnight STEM summer programs are held at select campuses nationwide including Bryn Mawr College, Georgia Tech, and others.
iD Tech also offers iD Tech Camps (for ages 7-17), iD Programming Academy (for teens), iD Game Design & Development Academy (for teens), and iD Tech Mini (half/full day for ages 6-9).
Contact: 1-888-709-8324
Email: info@iDTech.com
Website: www.AlexaCafe.com


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 (805-756-6579).
Email: epic@calpoly.edu
Web site: http://epic.calpoly.edu


iD Tech Camps: Code, Game, Create!
Develop real-world tech skills and experience firsthand how interests can turn into a college degree and future career. Led by hip, tech-savvy instructors, ages 7-17 code apps, design video games, mod with Minecraft, engineer robots, build websites, produce films, and more. Curriculum is delivered in small clusters of just 8 students per instructor for personalized learning. Optional Accredited Continuing Education Units issued by Villanova are available.
These weeklong, day and overnight STEM summer programs are held at 100+ campuses nationwide including Stanford, Princeton, Yale, and others.
iD Tech also offers iD Programming Academy (for teens), iD Game Design & Development Academy (for teens), Alexa Café (all-girls STEM program), and iD Tech Mini (half/full day for ages 6-9).
Questions? We’d be happy to help! Call: 1-888-709-8324
Email: info@iDTech.com
Web site:  www.iDTech.com


iD Tech Mini: Mini Camp. HUGE Fun!
It's never too early to dream BIG! iD Tech Mini offers weeklong, half day and full day camps for aspiring young techies ages 6-9. Come play and explore STEM concepts in coding, game design, robotics, and web design. With an emphasis on experiential creativity, friendship, and fun, you'll discover new tech skills in an energetic, kid-friendly learning environment.
iD Tech Mini is held at select campuses nationwide including Caltech, Benedictine University, and others.
iD Tech also offers iD Tech Camps (for ages 7-17), iD Programming Academy (for teens), iD Game Design & Development Academy (for teens), and Alexa Café (all-girls STEM program).
Contact: 1-888-709-8324
Email: info@iDTech.com
Web site:  www.iDTechMini.com


iD Programming Academy for Teens
Learn how programming can lead to a college degree and your dream career. Ages 13-18 get immersed for 2 weeks in coding, app development, game modding, web programming, and robotics engineering. Learn from elite faculty and collaborate with likeminded peers in small classes (max 8:1 student to instructor ratios, guaranteed). Tour a real studio and gain valuable industry insights.
iD Programming Academy is held at select campuses nationwide including Stanford, UCLA, Princeton, and others.
iD Tech also offers iD Tech Camps (for ages 7-17), iD Game Design & Development Academy (for teens), Alexa Café (all-girls STEM program), and iD Tech Mini (half/full day for ages 6-9).
Contact: 1-888-709-8324
Email: info@iDTech.com
Web site:  www.iDProgrammingAcademy.com


iD Game Design & Development Academy for Teens
Don't just play video games—create your own!
Discover how your passion for gaming can lead to a college degree and future career! At iD Game Design & Development Academy, teens ages 13-18 get immersed in game design, development, programming, 3D modeling & animation, and 3D level design. You'll learn from elite faculty, tour a real studio, and interact with gaming industry professionals.
iD Game Design & Development Academy is held at select campuses nationwide including Stanford, Vassar, Villanova, and others.
iD Tech also offers iD Tech Camps (for ages 7-17), iD Programming Academy (for teens), Alexa Café (all-girls STEM program), and iD Tech Mini (half/full day for ages 6-9).
Contact: 1-888-709-8324
Email: info@iDTech.com
Web site:  www.iDGameDevAcademy.com


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: engineering-innovation@jhu.edu
Website: http://engineering-innovation.jhu.edu


MV Code Club, Year Around and Summer Camp Program
At MV Code Club we teach kids to code.  Our classes provide a fun, engaging learning environment where students are taught to use computational logic, creativity, and collaboration to build their own video games, apps, websites, and robots.  Our industry-leading student/teacher ratio, friendly professional staff, and innovative self-paced curriculum make us your premier coding education resource in the Bay Area. Our week long summer camps teach coding, robotics, web development and game development are for students in 1st-8th grade.  Our camps were designed by camping professionals and include 90 minutes of daily outdoor play including fun team building activities and games. Advanced Camps Available.
Contact: 3632 Geary Blvd, San Francisco, 38 Miller Ave Suite 9, Mill Valley or 151 Bon Air Ct, Greenbrae (415.569.2112)
Email: info@mvcodeclub.com
Website: www.mvcodeclub.com/summer


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: seek@nsbe.org
Web site: http://www.nsbe.org/seek.aspx


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: janet_johnson@cry-rop.org
Web site: www.cryrop.org


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: enriquez@smccd.edu
Web site: http://www.canadacollege.edu/stemcenter/SEI.php


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: summerengineeringseminar@scu.edu
Web site: http://scu.edu/engineering/undergraduate/ses.cfm


Stanford University
Stanford Pre-Collegiate Summer Institutes

Stanford Pre-Collegiate Summer Institutes provide high school students with a unique residential academic experience where students who share talents and interests live and learn together on the Stanford campus.  The Summer Institutes invite students from around the world to discover, study, and explore in small classes with instructors who are passionate about teaching and experts in their fields. The program emphasizes building skills along with acquiring knowledge, and is designed to create environments that foster creativity and collaboration where students learn from each other as well as from their instructors.
Contact: Stanford Pre-Collegiate Summer Institutes, 220 Panama St., Stanford, CA 94305-4101 (800-372-3749)
Email: summerinstitutes@stanford.edu
Web site: http://summerinstitutes.stanford.edu/


The Summer Science Program
June-August

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: info@summerscience.org
Web site: http://www.summerscience.org/

 

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: sciart@cnsi.ucla.edu
Web site: http://artsci.ucla.edu/summer


Summer Discovery: University of Santa Barbara Research Mentorship Program
This 6 week Research Mentorship Program (RMP) engages qualified, high-achieving high school students from all over the world in interdisciplinary, hands-on, university-level research. It provides a unique opportunity to experience the process of original research in a wide variety of disciplines. The minimum requirement for admission is a 3.8 weighted GPA using honors and AP credit. GPA is only one factor considered for admission into RMP. Upon completion students will receive a total of 8 UCSB College Credits.
Questions? We’d be happy to help! Call (516) 621-3939
Email: info@summerdiscovery.com
Website: https://www.summerdiscovery.com/uc-santa-barbara 


Summer Discovery: University of Santa Barbara Science & Engineering Research Academy (SERA)
This dynamic 4 week Science & Engineering Research Academy introduces qualified high school students to the research in STEM-related fields. Students will develop academic and professional skills by presenting their research findings in a capstone seminar, networking with peers, and experiencing university life in a fun and challenging environment. Students participate in hands-on labs that demonstrate concepts and reinforce principles learned in lecture. The focus then shifts to group discussions to allow students to develop research questions, investigate findings, and present results. The minimum requirement for admission is a 3.6 weighted GPA using honors, AP, and IB credits. Students will receive a total of 4 UCSB College Credits by choosing one of the following research tracks: Track 1: Living In Color – An Introduction to the Interactions of Light and Matter, Track 2: Data-Driven Research – Creative Problem Solving with Python.
Questions? We’d be happy to help! Call (516) 621-3939
Email: info@summerdiscovery.com
Website: https://www.summerdiscovery.com/uc-santa-barbara