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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The National Flight Academy (NFA)
The National Flight Academy (NFA) offers one of the most exciting and immersive learning experiences available in the world – inspiring 7th – 12th graders to take a serious interest in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) education in an aviation-themed adventure. NFA’s overnight experiences are held onboard our stationary aircraft carrier AMBITION (CVT-11) where everyone eats on the Mess Deck, sleeps in Junior Officer Staterooms, plan missions in our Joint Intelligence Centers (JICs) and Joint Operations Centers (JOCs), and executes missions in our 30 networked simulators located in the Hangar Bay. These simulators represent the most extensive network outside of the Department of the Defense and are utilized by participants for non-combat, humanitarian missions such as search and rescue, disaster relief, air racing, and fire-fighting. Phone: (850) 458-7836
ELHS Robotics Boosters, Inc.
FIRST Step Robotics, Inc.
East Lake High School Robotics Booster, Inc., is a non-profit corporation established to run summer workshops for children of elementary and middle school age. The workshops will be an exciting and fulfilling opportunity for your child to gain hands-on knowledge and experience in robotics, basic physics, science, math and technology. Children will be given a kit from which he/she will design and buld their own robot. The robots will not only be used as a tool for teaching, but also intended to complete assigned tasks. Each child will use his/her imagination and ingenuity to design and build their robot for competition on the last day.
Contact: J. Paul Wahnish, Director, 36181 East Lake Road #287, Palm Harbor, FL 34685 (407-491-0903)
Web site: http://www.roboticsboosters.com
Embry - Riddle Aeronautical University
Embry-Riddle's Summer Academy camps are residential programs at the Daytona Beach campus that introduce the technology of today to the aviators and astronauts of tomorrow. Students live in on-campus dormitories under the supervision of approved chaperons and share their initial experience of university living with other young people their age.
Contact: Summer Academy, Embry - Riddle Aeronautical University, Daytona Beach, FL 32114-3900 (800-359-4550 or 904-226-6499)
Web site: http://www.erau.edu/db/summer/summeracademy.html
Engineering Minds Summer Workshops
Engineering Minds Summer Workshop is designed for high achieving middle and high school students with interests in science and technology. It is a rigorous and fun experience designed and taught by veteran engineers to inspire, enlighten, and empower students through interactive lectures, projects, experiments, and presentations. Students will also learn about the scientists, mathematicians, physicists, chemists, visionaries, and entrepreneurs throughout history who changed the world, from the electron's perspective.
Contact: Dr. Stephan P. Athan, Engineer and Educator, Tampa, FL (813-493-4773).
Florida A&M University
AEOP UNITE Summer Camps
The AEOP UNITE summer camps are engineering-themed day camps for rising 10th, 11th and 12th graders. They are offered through the Florida A&M University (FAMU) Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering in Tallahassee, Florida. The 2016 camp themes include Alternative Energy, Robotics, Circuit Design and STEM Career Exploration. In our camps students learn engineering concepts, participate in hands-on learning activities and go on a field trip that reinforces the real-world application of the concepts. The camps are designed to help increase awareness and exposure to careers in engineering and other related-STEM careers; to increase academic preparedness in math-, science-, and computer-literacy for pursuing careers in STEM majors; and to increase the development of technical competencies such as interpersonal skills, teamwork and motivation. The program offers several enrichment components including SAT/ACT preparation, professional development activities, a seminar series, a College and Career Readiness Workshop and health fitness. Please visit our website for more information.
Florida Atlantic University
Engineering Scholars' Program
ESP engages students in challenging educational activities not available in high school and provides them opportunities to explore engineering and computer science as possible career choices. Instruction is provided by top FAU Engineering faculty. Team projects utilizing state-of-the-art laboratories of the FAU College of Engineering and Computer Science are emphasized. A unique system of class mentors assists students with the transition to college-level work. Class sizes are limited to approximately twenty students. Contact: Brenda J. Simmons, Director, Florida Atlantic University, 777 Glades Road, Bldg. 96 East, Room 102Q, Boca Raton, FL 33431 (561-297-2680)
Florida Atlantic University
Fundamentals of Engineering
Fundamentals of Engineering is a non-residential summer course that provides students with the opportunity to learn more about the field of engineering, sharpen their math and science skills, learn to write scientific and technical reports, compete in design contests and to develop college survival techniques. This course is a dual enrollment program for high school sophmores, juniors and seniors
Contact: Pre College Programs, Florida Atlantic University, 777 Glades Road, Bldg. 96 East, Room 102Q, Boca Raton, FL 33431 (561-297-2680)
Florida State University
SciGirls Summer Camp
Florida State University's National High Magnetic Field Laboratory, through its educational programs department (the Center for Integrating Research and Learning), hosts 32 middle school girls each summer for a 2-week SciGirls camp. SciGirls I and SciGirls II are for girls in grades 6-8 who have an interest in science. In partnership with WFSU-TV, our public broadcasting center, we provide 2 full weeks of science activities developed and led by women scientists, graduate students, undergraduates, and educators.
Contact: Roxanne Hughes, Ph.D., Director, Center for Integrating Research and Learning, National High Magnetic Field Laboratory, 1800 E. Paul Dirac Dr., Tallahassee, FL 32310
Web site: http://nationalmaglab.org/education/
Hillsborough Community College
FLATE Engineering and Robotics Summer Camps
Florida Advanced Technological Education (FLATE) Center, the National Science Foundation Center for high-tech manufacturing is partnering with Hillsborough Community College (HCC), the School District of Hillsborough County and local manufacturers to offer several robotics camps this summer. The camps will be held in the student services building at HCC’s Brandon campus, and are designed to enhance campers’ skills needed to succeed in manufacturing, robotics and other STEM related careers. The camps are day camps and offer students a variety of different level robotics and engineering challenges. The camps are hands-on, engaging, and fun.
Contact: FLATE Outreach Manager, Hillsborough Community College – Brandon Campus; 10414 E. Columbus Drive; Tampa, FL 33619 (813-253-7838)
Web site: http://www.fl-ate.org/projects/camps.html
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
Web site: www.iDTech.com
Museum of Science and Industry (MOSI)
Summer Science Camps: June 13th - Aug. 12th
Make the most of your summer with discovery and fun! MOSI’s Summer Science Camp brings science, technology, engineering, art, and math (STEAM) alive through hands-on experiments and building projects. From extracting DNA to launching rockets to building robots, we are about creating the experiences that expand interests and make dreams a reality. Doing real science with the tools and technology used by professionals is just one of the ways MOSI Summer Science Camp inspires our campers with a “can do” attitude that can last a lifetime. Real science coupled with exciting experiments, simulations, explorations, and inventions will help you discover the innovator within. To support your interest and achievements in science and technology, campers who successfully participate in designated camps receive a STEAM Certificate of Achievement for each camp.
MOSI’s Summer Science Camp offers:
- An extensive range of fun camps for every interest for ages 2 through high school.
- Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math (STEAM) camps with hands-on project based curricula.
- STEAM Certificate of Achievement recognizing your accomplishments.
- Instruction by certified teachers and experienced science and technology educators in a positive environment.
- An opportunity to conduct experiments, and use cutting-edge equipment and technology.
- An all-inclusive program with no additional fees or admissions.
- Access to current science and technology in one of the best science centers in the world.
- Convenient extended care from 7 – 9 a.m. and/or 4 – 6:30 p.m. and daily hot lunches available.
Contact: 4801 E Fowler Ave Tampa, Fl 33617 (813-987-6000)
University of Miami
Division of Continuing and International Education
Summer Scholars Program
The Summer Scholar Programs offers an interdisciplinary experience for students who are looking to discover college life. This program is open for high school students who are currently in their sophomore or junior year and have at least a 3.0 grade point average. This credit bearing program gives students the inside scoop of college life while teaching them discipline, time management, and responsibility. Summer Scholars offers nine programs, worth between 4 - 6 college semester credits, that can be found at www.miami.edu/summerscholar. This year's highlight is in Engineering. Faculty and staff from the renowned College of Engineering have teamed up the division of Continuing and International Education to offer students a hands on look into the fields of mechanical, aerospace, civil, architectural and environmental engineering.
Contact: Dana Render, Director, Assistant Director, Summer Scholars Program , University of Miami, Coral Gables, FL (1-800-STUDY-UM)
Web site: http://www.miami.edu/summerscholar
University of Central Florida
Summer Institute - Computer Science
The Summer Institute (SI) in Computer Science is an intensive non-residential three-week program for gifted and high-achieving students who have interest in learning the foundations of computer science and computer technology. The program offers a mix of activities designed to maximize learning through hands-on, individualized instruction with outstanding instructors. It is also designed to expose students to broader topics in computer science through the distinguished lectures series where researchers speak about computing from pragmatic and academic points of view. The program is open for students currently in the 8th – 11th grades.
Contact: iSTEM, Office, (407-823-6230)
University of Central Florida
Summer Institute – Programming Competition
The Summer Institute (SI) Programming Competition is an intensive two-week residential program for gifted and high-achieving students who have a background in Computer Science with an interest in algorithms and programming competitions. The program offers lectures on data structures and algorithms commonly seen in competitions, several practice competitions, problem reviews of those competitions, and personalized coaching from coaches and members of UCF’s acclaimed Programming Team. The camp is specifically designed to help students improve their performance in contests such as USACO, TopCoder, CodeForces, and eventually the ACM ICPC. The program is open for students currently in the 9th – 12th grades.
Contact: iSTEM, Office, (407-823-6230)
University of Central Florida
Camp Connect is a one-week non-residential program for rising 8th-11th graders from underrepresented communities. The program introduces students to a variety of engineering disciplines— Electrical, Industrial, Mechanical, Civil, Environmental, Aerospace - & Computer Science. It immerses students in engineering integrated activities and provides tips on how to prepare for a college & networking! Invited returning students can participate in the more in-depth Camp Connect II and III. These are deeper hands-on experiences where students engage in projects, working with professional engineers and local lab tours.
Contact: iSTEM, Office, (407-823-6230)
University of Florida
Student Science Training Program
The SSTP is a seven-week residential program for rising 11-12th grade students who are interested in careers in science, math, computers, and engineering. An individual track is designed for each participant focusing primarily on a research assignment with a UF faculty mentor. Students work in an active laboratory 25 hours a week; at the end a series of lectures on research and applications of current science and engineering; participate in weekly seminars, workshops, and research discussion groups. Students study strategies, career exploration, and ethics discussions are incorporated into the program.
Contact: Ms. Deborah E. Paulin, Assistant Director, University of Florida, Gainesville, FL 32611-2010 (352-392-2310) Email: email@example.com
Web site: http://www.cpet.ufl.edu/
University of West Florida, Division of Continuing Education
Explore Summer Programs
The Explore Summer Programs offers a variety of robust STEM related programs for students 1st through 12th grade. Our programs are centered around STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics). Program topics include robotics, marine science at Pensacola Beach Elementary, architecture, construction, math and many more.
Contact: Explore Summer Program Office (850-474-2083)
Web Site: http://uwf.edu/explorecamps/index.cfm