Kentucky 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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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


Murray State University
CyberCave Academy

CyberCave Academies are five-day residential camps from June to July where you will learn about telecommunications technology through hands-on, interactive activities including building a data network, installing and configuring workstations, servers, routers and switches and wireless technology. Don’t worry if you don’t know what these things are, that’s what CyberCave Academy is for! No experience required.
Contact: Annie Vandiver, Murray State University - Murray, KY 42071 (270-809-3987)
Email: avandiver@murraystate.edu
Web site: http://www.murraystate.edu/tsm/cybercave


University of Louisville JB Speed School of Engineering
LEGO® EV-3 Robotics for High School Students

Students will learn to build and program Lego's intelligent EV3 brick using interactive servo motors, remote control, infrared and color sensors. Intuitive software with icon based drag and drop programming interface will bring the EV3 to life.
Contact: Heidi Neal, University of Louisville, Louisville, KY (502) 852-0364
Email: heidi.neal@louisville.edu
Web site: www.louisville.edu/speed/outreach


University of Louisville JB Speed School of Engineering
MNTC Day Camp- High School

The Micro/Nano Technology Center is hosting a summer camp for high school sophomores, juniors and seniors at the University of Louisville’s premier $30 million cleanroom. Students will learn the same microfabrication techniques used in Silicon Valley to make a variety of devices such as solar cells, gyroscopes, pressure sensors, temperature sensors, etc. Participants will also learn how to solder electronic components and communicate with a variety of devices with either the Arduino and/or Raspberry Pi microcontrollers. After completion of the program participants will get to take home their silicon wafers, a cleanroom notebook, lecture notes used from the labs and an embroidered polo shirt.
Contact: Julia Tebersold, University of Louisville, Louisville, KY (502) 852-1572
Email: julia.aebersold@louisville.edu
Web site: www.louisville.edu/speed/outreach


University of Louisville JB Speed School of Engineering
Brown Forman INSPIRE

This is a 2 week long day camp, 9am-3pm, that runs once a summer dedicated for high school students who are looking to explore Engineering as a career field.    Along with introducing the high school students to various aspects of technology and fields of engineering, INSPIRE assists the students in identifying career interests and personality profiles. Over the years, the program has included field trips to area industries such as General Electric Appliance Park, LG&E, MSD and Brown-Forman. Their second week will be spent as a Lego Robotics camp.  Students must be live in the Kentucky/ Indiana area, be a high achieving students and apply for the program; the application must include a letter of recommendation from your high school counselor.  
Contact: Heidi Neal, University of Louisville, Louisville, KY (502) 852-0364
Email: heidi.neal@louisville.edu
Web site: www.louisville.edu/speed/outreach


University of Louisville JB Speed School of Engineering
Conn Center Renewable Resources Promise Zone Day Camp

Each day, students will learn the driving principles behind cutting edge renewable energy research from the Conn Center’s research staff, then work in labs on real hands on projects using state-of-the-art analytical tools and research methods. Excellent primer for those interested in science fair projects in renewable energy. Lunch is provided daily.  Students receive a lab coat and other Conn Center goodies!
Contact: Andrew March, University of Louisville, Louisville, KY (502) 852-8597
Email: conn.center@louisville.edu
Web site: www.louisville.edu/speed/outreach


University of Louisville JB Speed School of Engineering
Drones

Campers will engage in the UAS industry through a “learn, build, fly, and create” approach.  This approach dives deeply into every component of STEM, catalyzing students to develop critical cognitive skills through a hands-on, team approach. The primary goal is to empower students to pursue an education and career in science.  Drones have a tremendous ‘cool’ factor, yet require a solid grasp of the fundamentals across many disciplines to design, build, and operate. ($300 + $30  drone take home fee)
Contact: Heidi Neal, University of Louisville, Louisville, KY (502) 852-0364
Email: heidi.neal@louisville.edu
Web site: www.louisville.edu/speed/outreach


University of Louisville JB Speed School of Engineering
Camp Chemistry

Glowing water, blue and red flames, and mountains of oozing foam are everyday occurrences in Camp Chemistry at Newton’s Attic. This camp will expose students to the fun and sometimes bizarre world of chemistry, chemical reactions and exciting things that can be made with the right mixture of knowledge, chemicals and materials. In addition to playing with (safe) chemicals, students will work in the shop to fabricate various items, such as test tube holders and similar gadgets that will aid in their exploration of the world of chemistry. Students in the 10 to 15 year old class will delve deeper into fascinating reactions, learn about the periodic table, chemical equations and the mysteries of molecules. So, let’s all put on our safety glasses, lab aprons and rubber gloves and see what strange potions we can concoct.
Contact: Heidi Neal, University of Louisville, Louisville, KY (502) 852-0364
Email: heidi.neal@louisville.edu
Web site: www.louisville.edu/speed/outreach


University of Louisville JB Speed School of Engineering
Da Vinci Kids

Science, math, engineering, art: Da Vinci was a master of it all. In this class designed exclusively for young developing minds, students get to follow in his footsteps by engaging in a variety of stimulating activities that cut across a wide range of disciplines. Tool use, building and engineering, chemistry and biology, art and design, spontaneous improvisation, and healthy dose of brain and body play are all mixed together to form this experience. Each activity will last anywhere from 30 to 60 minutes as students move from one subject to the next while making new discoveries about the diverse world around them. Who knows – with this wide range of topics, your child just may discover something of interest that he or she never even imagined.
Contact: Heidi Neal, University of Louisville, Louisville, KY (502) 852-0364
Email: heidi.neal@louisville.edu
Web site: www.louisville.edu/speed/outreach


University of Louisville JB Speed School of Engineering
Camp Catapult

Siege Alert! Look out, it’s time for flying tennis balls, eggs and bags of Jell-O as this camp offers participants the opportunity to design and build a table top size catapult or trebuchet. Students start with a kit of wood, steel, aluminum and plastic parts and create their catapult. When students finish their inventions, they field test them in a fun and exciting activity.
Contact: Heidi Neal, University of Louisville, Louisville, KY (502) 852-0364
Email: heidi.neal@louisville.edu
Web site: www.louisville.edu/speed/outreach


University of Louisville JB Speed School of Engineering
Teens and Tools

Teens & Tools is a program for students 10 and older with varying levels of experience using tools and building projects. This structured, supervised class introduces students to engineering process and hand and power tool use. Students work in the shop on age appropriate projects for the duration of the class. More experienced students can work on more advanced projects. Students work on predesignated projects. No experience required.
Contact: Heidi Neal, University of Louisville, Louisville, KY (502) 852-0364
Email: heidi.neal@louisville.edu
Web site: www.louisville.edu/speed/outreach


University of Louisville JB Speed School of Engineering
Raspberry Pi

The Raspberry Pi computer is a small, inexpensive and versatile computer that can be incorporated into countless fun and educational enterprises. No larger than a deck of cards, the R-Pi is perfect for many Newton’s Attic style projects, and that is exactly how it will used by students who participate in this class. Participants will learn the basic characteristics of the R-Pi, how to program it, and how to use it in projects like dancing light boards, simple electronic games and fun home automation gadgets. Not only do students learn programming and how to use cutting edge technology, they will be exposed to tool use, mechanical design and circuitry while creating their inventions. At the end of the class, students keep their projects along with the Raspberry Pi computer. Bonus! The same Raspberry Pi can be used for many projects, so the computer that comes with this class has many future uses. (+$55 computer fee is included in price)
Contact: Heidi Neal, University of Louisville, Louisville, KY (502) 852-0364
Email: heidi.neal@louisville.edu
Web site: www.louisville.edu/speed/outreach


University of Louisville JB Speed School of Engineering
Minecraft

By popular demand, we have adapted the Minecraft Mod class to include revisions to the curriculum to allow students as young as 8 to join in. The students will be introduced to MCreator, a code-generating program that is used to make modifications without programming knowledge. The class will teach students to work with the code of other developers and to read and decipher preexisting code, a common practice in the soft- ware development field. No previous programming experience is required, but students must have a Minecraft account prior to joining the class. If students would like to work on code outside of class, they should bring a flash drive.
Contact: Heidi Neal, University of Louisville, Louisville, KY (502) 852-0364
Email: heidi.neal@louisville.edu
Web site: www.louisville.edu/speed/outreach


University of Louisville JB Speed School of Engineering
Rube Goldberg

We’ve all seen them, but not everyone knows them by name. Rube Goldberg machines are contraptions made of house- hold items, junk and just about anything that can be connected together in a convoluted arrangement that can be set off to produce a chain reaction of motion that typically ends in some sort of grand finale. In this introductory class, young students learn how to engineer table top sized Rube Goldberg's from all sorts of items found in the extensive collection of vintage parts at Newton’s Attic. So crank up your creativity, imagination, sense of humor, and get ready to learn about tool use, basic engineering and outside the box thinking in this entertaining and educational experience.
Contact: Heidi Neal, University of Louisville, Louisville, KY (502) 852-0364
Email: heidi.neal@louisville.edu
Web site: www.louisville.edu/speed/outreach


University of Louisville JB Speed School of Engineering
Kerbal Space

Just about everyone has heard of Minecraft, but there is another computer game phenomenon that is just as much fun and much more educational. It’s called Kerbal Space Program, and its popularity is skyrocketing. In this computer based camp, students will learn how to use the game software to create and manage their own mini –space program. They construct virtual rockets, launch them into orbit and attempt to do a variety of NASA like activities like dock with a space station, land on the moon, or attempt to mine an asteroid. Although this is a computer game, playing it is not as whimsical as one would think. Students must learn and apply some basic physics, math, engineering and even a little orbital mechanics as they attempt to become virtual test pilots and astronauts. It’s not just a kid’s computer game, it actually IS rocket science.
Contact: Heidi Neal, University of Louisville, Louisville, KY (502) 852-0364
Email: heidi.neal@louisville.edu
Web site: www.louisville.edu/speed/outreach