Michigan 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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Ferris State University, Big Rapids, Michigan
Engineering & Technology Exploration Academies Design and Manufacturing
Students will use solid modeling software to create three-dimensional geometry, designing and prototyping simple household products and a micro-machine.  This track also includes demonstrations and hands-on workshops in Welding, Manufacturing Tooling & CNC, Mechanical Engineering, and Plastics technology. Registration Fee: $559 for resident campers and $489 for commuters.
Contact: Rebecca Burgenmeyer, Ferris State University, Conference & Professional Services, 410 Oak Street, Alumni 113, Big Rapids, MI 49307-2022.
E-mail:  caps@ferris.edu
Web site:  www.ferris.edu/summercamps


Grand Valley State University
Science Technology and Engineering Preview Summer Camp for Girls (STEPS)
STEPS Day Camp for girls is a one-week introduction to the world of science, technology and engineering. Campers must be Michigan residents and currently in the 6th grade ( between the ages of 11-13). STEPS is an opportunity for girls to learn more about what engineers do. Campers participate in activities that will give them hands-on experience with high-tech equipment and processes. Program activities include designing, manufacturing, and flying a radio-controlled airplane. Students will also explore science and engineering topics such as aerodynamics, electronics, pneumatics and team building. This program is co-sponsored by the Padnos College of Engineering and Computing and the Regional Math and Science Center at Grand Valley State University.
Contact: Margo Dill or Jessica Noble, Program Co-Directors, Regional Math and Science Center at Grand Valley State University, Allendale, MI 49401. Phone:(616) 331-6260.
Email: dillm@gvsu.edu, or noblej@gvsu.edu
Web site: www.gvsu.edu/steps


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


Kettering University, Flint Michigan
AIM (Academically Interested Minds)
The AIM Program is a FREE five-week residential program for African American, Hispanic and Native American students who are presently in the 11th grade.  AIM provides students with a real college life experience by preparing them to make a successful transition from high school to college.  Monday-Thursday, students attend freshman level classes in Calculus, Chemistry w/lab, Computers w/lab, Economics, Management and Physics.  On Fridays, students visit companies to talk with engineers and managers.  Students must have a minimum 3.0 GPA in English, math and science courses to quality.
Contact:  Ricky D. Brown, Director of Pre-College Programs, Kettering University, 1700 University Avenue, Flint MI  48504; 810-762-9845 or toll-free 800-955-4464 ext. 9845
Email:  rbrown@kettering.edu
Web site:  www.kettering.edu/futurestudents/precollege


Kettering University
Lives Improve Through Engineering (LITE)
A two-week residential program for women who have completed the 11th grade. The program focuses on engineering and highlights the unique and important contributions engineers make when they design products like car seats, crash test dummies, and artificial limbs. Participants take classes and conduct labs in biomechanics, vehicle collision analysis and occupant protection, engineering for a sustainable society and biochemistry. Field trips showcase engineers at work. Participants are mentored by upperclass women students from Kettering.
Contact:  Deborah Stewart, Director of Orientation and Special Programs, Kettering University, Flint, MI (810.762.9679)
Email:  LITE@kettering.edu
Web site:  www.kettering.edu/precollege/lite


Kettering University
Kamp Kettering
Kamp Kettering is a one-week science and engineering summer enrichment program for girls entering the 7th and 8th grades. Participants conduct exciting laboratory experiments in chemistry, physics, and engineering; sharpen their computer skills; and explore the broad range of career opportunities available to them in science, math, engineering, and technology. Other activities include taking field trips to science and technology centers, making friends with other girls who love math and science, and getting to know our undergraduate women, who share their passion for science, math, and engineering with participants.
Contact:  Virginia Hill, Kettering University, Flint, MI (810.762.9873) Email:  vhill@kettering.edu
Web site:  www.kettering.edu/futurestudents/precollege/kampkettering/


Lake Superior State University
Summer Robotics Camps
​The one-week Robotics Camp for gifted and talented young men entering grades 7-11 is designed to expose the participants to exciting careers in engineering. The program provides hands-on experiences on state-of-the-art engineering software and hardware to which the participants may not have had access while attending middle or high school.
Contact: Laura Bofinger, Lake Superior State University, School of Engineering and Technology, 650 W. Easterday Ave., Sault Ste. Marie, MI 49783 (906) 635-2207
Email: lbofinger@lssu.edu
Web site: www.lssu.edu/eng/camps/


Lake Superior State University
Women in Technology
​The one-week Robotics Camp for gifted and talented young women entering grades 7-11 is designed to expose the participants to exciting careers in engineering. The program provides hands-on experiences on state-of-the-art engineering software and hardware to which the participants may not have had access while attending middle or high school.
Contact: Laura Bofinger, Lake Superior State University, School of Engineering and Technology, 650 W. Easterday Ave., Sault Ste. Marie, MI 49783 (906) 635-2207
Email: lbofinger@lssu.edu
Web site: www.lssu.edu/eng/camps/


Lake Superior State University
LEGO Junior Engineering
This Monday-Thursday day camp is a great hands-on experiences in engineering and problem solving. Participants learn basic engineering principles by building and modifying simple machines, and gaining an understanding of forces in motion.
Contact: Julia Roque, Lake Superior State University Summer Camps, 650 W. Easterday Ave., Sault Ste. Marie, MI 49783 (906) 635-6673.
Email: edventures@lssu.edu
Web site: www.lssu.edu/summercamps/


Lake Superior State University
Simple and Motorized LEGO Engineering
Spend a Monday-Thursday at a day camp exploring the fundamental understanding of simple machines, structures, and mechanisms. Investigate the principles of simple machines, mechanisms, and structures; experiment with balanced and unbalanced forces and friction; measure distance, time, speed, and weight.
Contact: Julia Roque, Lake Superior State University Summer Camps, 650 W. Easterday Ave., Sault Ste. Marie, MI 49783 (906) 635-6673.
Email: edventures@lssu.edu
Web site: www.lssu.edu/summercamps/


Michigan State University
Spartan Girls in Engineering
When: June 15-19, 2015; commuter; 8 AM-Noon
Who: Girls entering 6th-8th grade in Fall 2015
What: A program designed to expose girls to engineering. They will participate in hands-on activities, learn from engineering faculty and professionals, as well as participate in engaging projects. Engineering makes a difference in our world and plays a key role in every aspect of our lives. Engineers are innovators, designers, researchers and problem solvers. Cost: $175.00, Scholarships Available. Registration Deadline June 8, 2015.
Web site: http://www.egr.msu.edu/wie/k-12/programs-outreach


Michigan State University
Lady Spartans: Women in Engineering (WIE)
When: July 13-17, 2015; commuter; 8:30 AM-4:30 PM
Who: Girls entering 9th-12th grade in Fall 2015
What: This camp is designed to introduce various disciplines of engineering and engage prospective women engineering students to role models for their future professional careers. University and lab tours will complement this group-based project camp. Engineers are people who use communication skills, creativity and problem solving skills to dream up, design, improve and build things that matter. Cost: $300.00, Scholarships Available. Registration Deadline July 6, 2015.
Web site: http://www.egr.msu.edu/wie/k-12/programs-outreach


Michigan State University
High School Engineering Institute (HSEI)

When: Session 1 – Sunday, June 19, 2016 – 1:00pm to Thursday, June 23, 2016 – 7:00pm
Session 2 – Sunday, June 26, 2016 – 1:00pm to Thursday, June 30, 2016 – 7:00pm
Session 3 – Sunday, July 17, 2016 – 1:00pm to Thursday, July 21, 2016 – 7:00pm
Session 4 – Sunday, July 24, 2016 – 1:00pm to Thursday, July 28, 2016 – 7:00pm
Who: Students entering Grades 10th -12th in Fall 2016
Intended for rising high school sophomores, juniors and seniors seriously considering engineering as their career choice, this residential program is designed to give in-depth experiences in engineering majors. Each day students will learn about a major and spend time with an engineering faculty member, a graduate student, an undergraduate student engaged in short lecture, demonstrations, hands-on experiments, team-based problem solving, and tours. Presentations by the Honors College, Admissions Office, Study Abroad and The Center (Co-op/Internship and Undergraduate Research Opportunities) as well as tours of engineering research facilities will be conducted.
Program Fee: $825
Link: http://www.egr.msu.edu/future-engineer/programs


Michigan State University
Spartaneering LEGO Robotics Plus

When: Session 1 – Monday, June 13, 2016 – 8:00am to Friday, June 17, 2016 – 12:00pm
Session 2 – Monday, June 20, 2016 – 8:00am to Friday, June 24, 2016 – 12:00pm
Session 3 – Monday, July 11, 2016 – 8:00am to Friday, July 15, 2016 – 12:00pm
Session 4 – Monday, July 18, 2016 – 8:00am to Friday, July 22, 2016 – 12:00pm
Session 5 – Monday, July 25, 2016 – 8:00am to Friday, July 29, 2016 – 12:00pm
Who: Students entering 4th-8th grade in Fall 2016
This commuter program is designed for students to explore various engineering fields, focus on problem identification, team building, communication, problem solving, programming and competition using the NXT Robotics
Students will be dropped off at 8:00am and picked up at 12:00pm every day of the session.
Invention System.
Program Fee: $295
Link: http://www.egr.msu.edu/future-engineer/programs


Michigan State University Spartan Engineering for Teens
When: Sunday, June 13, 2016 – 1:00pm to Thursday, June 17, 2016 – 5:00pm
Who: Students entering 8th and 9th grades by Fall 2016

This commuter program is designed to be a catalyst in developing students who are motivated and well prepared for careers in science, math, and engineering. More specifically it gives students the change to become familiar with Wireless Integrated MicroSystems. This program is dedicated to teaching future engineers and scientists the skills to be leaders in this exciting interdisciplinary field. Students in the program will use microsensors and robots. While working with science teachers and engineering faculty, students will design and build experiments. Students will learn about various engineering majors, and be involved in short courses, demonstrations, field trips and hands-on experiments.
Students will be dropped off at 1:00pm and picked up at 5:00pm every day of the session.
Program Fee: $325
Link: http://www.egr.msu.edu/future-engineer/programs/spartan-engineering-teens-commuter


Michigan State University
Introduction to Radar for Student Engineers

When: Sunday, July 10, 2016 – 1:00pm to Friday, July 20, 2016 – 5:15pm
Who: Open to students entering the 11th and 12th grades in Fall 2016
This residential summer program was developed by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) Lincoln Laboratory and it presents a great opportunity to prospective engineering students interested in the field of radars and signal processing. Throughout this ten day program, students will work in groups to build their own radar systems by utilizing the concepts learned in short lectures, demonstrations and lab tours. Instructors from MIT and Michigan State University will focus on topics such as radar development, radio waves and ranging, radar range equations, and radar signal modeling. Presentations from different branches of MSU are also a part of this great program. Program Fee: $1500
Link: http://www.egr.msu.edu/future-engineer/programs/introduction-radar-student-engineers-residential


Michigan State University
Grandparents University
When: Tuesday, June 30, 2015 – 8:45am to Thursday, July 2, 2015 – 3:00pm
Who: Grandparents and grandchildren, ages 8-12
The MSU Grandparents University is a program for grandparents and grandchildren (ages 8-12) to come together for a 3-day educational experience while spending time together on campus. Participants enjoy the college experience of living in the residence halls, attending classes across campus and sampling the many highlights of MSU. The program gives alumni a chance to relive their college days while exploring new areas of campus and creating lifelong memories with their grandchildren. The Spartaneering Outreach team offers a LEGO Robotics kit for participants to ignite kids' interest in engineering. Participants will use the NXT Mindstorm Robotic Invention System kits taught by middle and high school teachers and engineering students.
Web site: http://www.egr.msu.edu/future-engineer/programs/grandparents-university-commuter


Michigan Technological University
Explorations in Engineering First week of July each year
A one-week workshop involving exploration of ten fields of engineering and applied technology through role model speakers, laboratory / field experiences, and a group engineering project. Other career, financial aid, admission information, competitions, and recreational activities will be provided during evening presentations.
Contact: Youth Programs at Michigan Technological University, 1400 Townsend Drive, Houghton, MI 49931 (906-487-2219)
Email: yp@mtu.edu
Web site: youthprograms.mtu.edu


Michigan Technological University
Engineering Scholars Program June 26th-July 2nd
The Engineering Scholars Program (ESP) is a weeklong investigation of engineering careers in areas such as mechanical, computer, environmental, electrical, chemical, biomedical, civil, geological, materials, and related disciplines. This program is a highly competitive scholarship program which provides a chance for traditionally underrepresented high school freshmen, sophomores, and juniors to investigate careers in engineering and science. Students participate in engineering sessions, group projects and special topic presentations. In addition, students have opportunities throughout the week to interact with industry role models and a diverse group of peers from all over the country and world.  Applications are due by April 1st.
Contact: Center for Pre-College Outreach at Michigan Technological University, 310 Administration Building, 1400 Townsend Drive, Houghton, MI 49931, Phone:(906-487-2219)
Email: esp@mtu.edu
Web site: youthprograms.mtu.edu


Michigan Technological University
Women in Engineering Program June 19th-25th
Women in Engineering (WIE) is a weeklong investigation of engineering careers in areas such as mechanical, computer, environmental, electrical, chemical, biomedical, civil, geological, materials, and related disciplines.  This program is a highly competitive scholarship program which provides a chance for traditionally underrepresented high school freshmen, sophomores, and juniors to investigate careers in engineering and science. Students participate in engineering sessions, group projects and special topic presentations. In addition, students have opportunities throughout the week to interact with industry role models and a diverse group of peers from all over the country and world.  Applications are due by April 1st.
Contact: Center or Pre-College Outreach at Michigan Tech University, 310 Administration Building, 1400 Townsend Drive, Houghton, MI 49931, Phone:(906-487-2219)
Email: wie@mtu.edu
Web site: youthprograms.mtu.edu/


Michigan Technological University
Summer Youth Program Week-long sessions starting July 10th-August 6th
Summer Youth Programs offer over 50 explorations each summer to discover and learn about various fields through hands-on laboratory, classroom and field experiences. An exploration is an intensive week-long look into a particular field or area of interest. We offer seven different categories of explorations including Leadership, Business, Computing, Engineering, Humanities and Social Sciences, Outdoor and Environmental Studies, and Science and Technology. In your exploration you may learn new software, rappel down a cliff, fly an airplane, cast molten metal, build a robot, produce a film, or backpack on an island...the opportunities are endless!  Explorations are lead by Michigan Tech faculty members, graduate students, and local specialists. Enrollment is open until classes are full. Classes are limited to 20 or less students. Fee for commuter students is $450 and for residential students is $795 per exploration.
Contact: Youth Programs at Michigan Tech University, 310 Administration Building, 1400 Townsend Drive, Houghton, MI 49931 (906-487-2219)
Email: yp@mtu.edu
Web site: youthprograms.mtu.edu/


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


University of Detroit - Mercy
UNITE
The University of Detroit - Mercy UNITE program is intended for students who want to prepare themselves for college. UNITE meets daily (approximately 8:30 am to 3:30 pm) and is designed to resemble a university freshman engineering curriculum. The goal is to introduce students to the subjects and skills necessary to succeed as an engineering student. Classes involve hands-on activities emphasizing teamwork. Students will take five classes daily - Persuasive Speaking, Computer Applications, Trigonometry, Physics, and College Writing - taught by University professors. Students can earn two college credits per course. Applicants who have less than a 2.25 GPA, any grade below a D or poor citizenship/conduct marks will not be considered for this program. Those students who do get considered will be invited to the interview phase. At that point, a personal essay and teacher letter of recommendation must be submitted.
Contact: Dan Maggio: (313) 993-1435
Email: maggiodd@udmercy.edu


University of Michigan
WISE Program Girls in Science and Engineering (GISE)
GISE@UM focuses on hands-on activities that are both fun and challenging. Campers elect a Focus Project in a particular subject area to attend each morning (e.g. chemistry, computer science, engineering, human genetics, physics, and robotics). We allow 15-17 girls in each Focus Project. Focus projects are planned and taught by University of Michigan faculty, staff and students. Afternoons are spent in a variety of hands-on science and engineering activities, including group collaborative competitions, touring dynamic UM labs and learning about science and engineering careers. Contact: Cinda-Sue Davis, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI 48109 (734-647-7012)
Email: csdavis@umich.edu
Web site: www.wise.umich.edu/


University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Michigan
STEM Summer Camps for Teens and Kids
Learn on the University of Michigan (UM) campus, eat in the same dining halls as its students, and campers 12+ can even stay overnight. Digital Media Academy selected UM because of its stellar reputation as a powerful research institution as well as its famous Ann Arbor campus. Students can participate in a number of courses such as 3D Game Design with Minecraft™, Advanced Robotics with LEGO® EV3, Music & Beat Production with Logic Pro®, and so much more! This academy is for students age 8-17. Registration fees vary.
Contact: Registration & camp information 1-(866)-656-3342
Email: info@digitalmediaacademy.org
Website: http://www.digitalmediaacademy.org/university-of-michigan/


University of Michigan
SWE Summer Engineering Exploration Camp

The Summer Engineering Exploration (SEE) Camp is hosted by the University of Michigan chapter of the Society of Women Engineers (SWE). SEE Camp is a week-long residential camp for high school students interested in math and science. This year, the camp will be held at the University of Michigan from Sunday, June 23, 2013 – Saturday, June 29, 2013. The campers will explore the many engineering disciplines and be introduced to some of the major engineering clubs and organizations on campus. The camp also includes visits to outside locations to experience the professional world of engineering. Students will have the chance to interact with admissions and financial aid counselors, undergraduate and graduate students, faculty, and professional engineers. In addition, the camp includes a variety of activities aimed at building teamwork skills and having fun in Ann Arbor including a challenge course, team design projects, canoeing, the Ann Arbor Summer Festival, and more.
Contact: Bisma Haque and Catherine Hu, Society of Women Engineers at the University of Michigan, 1226 EECS Building, 1301 Beal Avenue, Ann Arbor, MI 48109-1226, (734-763-5027)
Email: swe.seecamp@umich.edu
Website: www.swe.engin.umich.edu/SEECamp


University of Michigan
Electrify Tech Camp for High School Students
Electrify Tech Camp consists of three individual week-long non-residential summer camps for high school students. The camp is run by Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE) at University of Michigan, and covers topics in sustainable energy, wearable electronics, and electronic devices that rely on light and lasers. Camp participants will be introduced to college-level topics at an introductory level suitable for any high school student with a strong interest in math and science.  All program content will be taught by ECE faculty and graduate students, and will be combined with fun daily recreational activities.
Website: www.ece.umich.edu/electrify