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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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
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 Northwestern and Lake Forest College.  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 (held at Lake Forest), and iD Visual Arts Academy (filmmaking and photography).
Email: [email protected]
Website: http://www.internaldrive.com/locations/il-summer-camps-illinois-computer-camps


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 Lake Forest College, Princeton, Yale, Stanford, UCLA, MIT, UT Austin, and American.  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 Lake Forest College, Princeton, Yale, Stanford, UCLA, MIT, UT Austin, and American.
Contact: 1-888-709-TECH (8324)
Email: [email protected]
Website: http://www.internaldrive.com/programming/locations/teen-programming-academy-lake-forest-college/


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]


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 10th grade in Fall.
Contact: Mary Weaver, World Wide Youth in Science and Engineering (WYSE) at 800-843-5410 or 217-333-4454
Email: [email protected]
Web site: http:/www.engineering.illinois.edu/wyse


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.
Contact: Mary Weaver, World Wide Youth in Science and Engineering (WYSE) at 800-843-5410 or 217-333-4454
Email: [email protected]
Web site: http:/www.engineering.illinois.edu/wyse

 

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