Illinois 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: [email protected]
Website: www.AlexaCafe.com


Augustana Summer Academy
Engineering Physics: Rarified Exploration

A program for high school students with an interest in engineering. Students will learn the basics of electron microscopy, x-ray emission, and radioactive decay. They will personally operate a scanning electron microscope to examine integrated circuits and construction of materials (MATSE) and use an x-ray diffractometer to analyze the composition of unknown materials. Students will also perform and experiment using radioactive materials and determine a substance's half-life. This program provides a pre-college experience with an overnight stay in one of our newest residence halls, meals on campus, and evening activites. The course is taught by two of Augustana's professors.
Contact: Bonnie Jessee, Augustana College, Rock Island, IL; 309-794-7395
Email: [email protected]
Website: www.augustana.edu/summeracademy


Chicago State University
Pre-Freshman Program in Engineering and Science

This is a career awareness program featuring academic courses in math and science, technical writing, and computer programming; hands-on engineering projects; industrial site visits; engineering seminars; study skills and time-management workshops; academic competitions; and motivational speakers. Culminating activity: Student Awards Program.
Contact: Ms. Terri Jones Young, Chicago State University, Chicago, IL 60628-1598 (773-995-2357)
Email: [email protected]


Chicago State University
Prematriculation Summer Institute

A freshman transition program featuring credit-bearing academic courses in math and science, technical writing, hands-on engineering projects, industrial site visits, engineering seminars, study skills, and time management workshops, academic competitions, and motivational speakers. Culminating activity: Student Awards Program.
Contact: Ms. Terri Jones Young, Chicago State University, Chicago, IL 60628-1598 (773-995-2357)
Email: [email protected]


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: [email protected]
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: [email protected]
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: [email protected]
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: [email protected]
Web site:  www.iDGameDevAcademy.com


Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory
TARGET

Program for sophomores and juniors in high school with demonstrated interest in science and engineering based careers. Full day experience combining a work assignment and electronics rocketry project design. Students are paid for their hours spent on the work assignment. Weekly stipend covers classroom hours.
Contact: Ms. Dianne M. Engram, Manager, Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory, Batavia, IL 60510 (630-840-4633)
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 curricula supplied by various educational companies and cooperate sponsors.   This FREE three-week program is open to students who are current 3rd through 5th grade or current 6th through 8th graders (6th-8th offered in selected locations). The program is held at a local elementary schools or middle schools, and includes 100 students in each grade level, for a total of 300 students served per program. 
Email: [email protected]
Web site: http://www.nsbe.org/seek.aspx


Northern Illinois University
Exploring STEM through Engineering
Engineers are professional problem solvers!  From building bridges to designing the circuits in your cell phone, engineers help create the future every day.  Spend a week developing your problem solving skills by working on hands-on projects and fun challenges designed to spark your inner engineer!
Email: Jeremy Benson at [email protected]
Web site: http://www.niu.edu/stem/programs/camps/exploring-stem.shtml

Northern Illinois University
STEM Career Explorations: Engineering
Engineers are involved in designing virtually everything we use today from our cars, computers, and cell phones to bridges, skyscrapers, and video games.  Do you know which engineers are involved in each?  What does an engineer do?  How does an engineer’s day differ from a scientist’s day?
Join us as we investigate the scores of engineering and related careers.  Throughout the week you will learn “lean manufacturing” techniques and compete to establish the most efficient assembly line, learn to solder and then complete your own electronic device to take home, participate in design and construction challenges, and visit our engineering labs.
Email: Jeremy Benson at [email protected]
Web site: http://www.niu.edu/stem/programs/camps/exploring-stem.shtml


University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Girls' Adventures in Mathematics, Engineering, and Science (G.A.M.E.S.)

GAMES is an annual week long camp, designed to give academically talented high school girls an opportunity to explore exciting engineering and scientific fields through demonstrations, classroom presentations, hands-on activities, and contact with women in these technical fields. GAMES is open to academically talented girls who will enter 9th-12th grade in the Fall after camp. We present an advanced curriculum, use world-class instructional facilities, and provide a pre-college experience at one of the best engineering schools in the nation. Enrollment in the program is limited to ensure the quality of the academic experience. GAMES has a selective admissions process based on academic performance, a written essay, and a teacher recommendation. Applications can be found on the GAMES website.
Contact: Women in Engineering, GAMES Camp, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 206 Engineering Hall, MC-272, 1308 W. Green St., Urbana, IL 61801 (217-244-3517)
Email: [email protected]
Web site: http://go.illinois.edu/games


University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Discover Engineering

Discover Engineering is a camp for students who are interested in science, engineering, and mathematics. Campers work on several projects that will incorporate different aspects of engineering. Who can apply: Students who will be in the 9th or 10th grade in Fall. Discover Bioengineering is also offered to 9th and 10th graders; in-depth material of Biomechanics, Therapeutics Engineering, creating genetic models and much more.
Contact: Sahid Rosado-Lausell, World Wide Youth in Science and Engineering (WYSE) at 217-244-3517
Email: [email protected]
Web site:  https://wyse.engineering.illinois.edu/


University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Exploring your Options

Exploring Your Options provides students who are interested in math, science, and engineering an opportunity to visit and participate in hands-on activities in each of the twelve departments of the College of Engineering. Who can apply: Students who will be in the 11th or 12th grade in Fall. Exploring Your Options in Mechanical Science and Engineering is also offered.
Contact: Sahid Rosado-Lausell, World Wide Youth in Science and Engineering (WYSE) at 217-244-3517
Email: [email protected]
Web site: https://wyse.engineering.illinois.edu/


University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Illinois Aerospace Institute

This one-week program for high school students offers classroom and hands-on experience in the areas of propulsion systems, theory of flight, aerodynamics, principles of aircraft, and spacecraft design. Who can apply: Students who will be in high school in Fall.
Contact: Diane Jeffers (217-244-8048)
Email: [email protected]
Web site: http://www.ae.illinois.edu/iai


University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
GEMS - Girls Engaged in Mathematics and Science program of the National Center for Supercomputing

GEMS is a free, non-residential one-week camp focuses on computers in biology, chemistry, astronomy, and or environmental sciences.
Contact: GEMS Program
Email: [email protected]
Web site: http://gems.ncsa.illinois.edu