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: $499
Contact:  Adam Wetherell, Ferris State University, Conference & Professional Services, 410 Oak Street, Alumni 113, Big Rapids, MI 49307-2022.
E-mail:  [email protected]
Web site:  www.ferris.edu/summercamps


Ferris State University, Big Rapids, Michigan
Engineering & Technology Exploration Academies Architecture and Construction
Students will use architectural CAD software to design a building. This track also offers demonstrations and hands-on applications in Surveying, Heavy Equipment, Construction, and Digital Imaging. Registration Fee: $499.
Contact:  Adam Wetherell, Ferris State University, Conference & Professional Services, 410 Oak Street, Alumni 113, Big Rapids, MI 49307-2022.
E-mail:  [email protected]
Web site:  www.ferris.edu/summercamps


Ferris State University, Big Rapids, Michigan
Engineering & Technology Exploration Academies Inventors Academy
Students will learn how a product is developed from an idea to reality. In this session students will go through the design process using 3-D computer aided design, prototype a part, become familiar with various production materials and methods, and testing products. This academy is for students age 12-14. Registration Fee: $349
Contact:  Adam Wetherell, Ferris State University, Conference & Professional Services, 410 Oak Street, Alumni 113, Big Rapids, MI 49307-2022.
E-mail:  [email protected]
Web site:  www.ferris.edu/summercamps


Ferris State University, Big Rapids, Michigan
Engineering & Technology Exploration Academies Energy Academy
An exciting opportunity to learn about energy. Social, environmental, and technical topics will be introduced. Students will explore electrical, solar, wind power, biofuels, and building energy systems through hands-on experiments. They will gain a greater understanding of today's energy issues and technologies while building confidence in project skills and applying scientific concepts to real challenges. The academy will be complemented by the experience of campus life and other fun activities. Registration Fee: $559
Contact:  Adam Wetherell, Ferris State University, Conference & Professional Services, 410 Oak Street, Alumni 113, Big Rapids, MI 49307-2022.
E-mail:  [email protected]
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: [email protected], or [email protected]
Web site: www.gvsu.edu/steps


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 the University of Michigan.  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, and iD Visual Arts Academy (filmmaking and photography).
Contact: 1-888-709-TECH (8324)
Email: [email protected]
Website: www.internaldrive.com/locations/mi-summer-camps-michigan-computer-camps/university-of-michigan-ann-arbor-camp/


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:  [email protected]
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:  [email protected]
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:  [email protected]
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 in 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 that the participants may not have had access to while attending middle or high school.
Contact: Cheri Skinner, Lake Superior State University, Department of Engineering and Technology, 650 W. Easterday Ave., Sault Ste. Marie, MI 49783 (906) 635-2207
Email: [email protected]
Web site: www.lssu.edu/eng/camps/


Lake Superior State University
Women in Technology
The one-week Women in Technology camp for gifted and talented young women in grades 7 through 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 that the participants may not have had access to while attending middle or high school.
Contact: Cheri Skinner, Lake Superior State University, Department of Engineering and Technology, 650 W. Easterday Ave., Sault Ste. Marie, MI 49783 (906) 635-2207
Email: [email protected]
Web site: www.lssu.edu/eng/camps/


Lake Superior State University
Game Design
Learn the fundamentals of writing a computer game. Discover a variety of programming packages that aid in the design of computer games. Look at the process of game creation from initial idea to final concept. Learn about career opportunities in the gaming industry as well as more traditional computer-related jobs.
Contact: Julia Roque, Lake Superior State University Summer Camps, 650 W. Easterday Ave., Sault Ste. Marie, MI 49783 (906) 635-6673.
Email: [email protected]
Web site: www.lssu.edu/edventures/


Michigan State University
Introduction to Robotics Engineering at MSU
When: Sunday, July 27, 2014 - 8:00am to Thursday, July 31, 2014 - 8:00pm. Who: Open to both U.S. and International students entering 10th-12th grade in Fall 2013.
Designed for students interested in exploring the exciting field of robotics. Students will learn about the fields of engineering involved in robotics and will work with NXT and VEX robotics, biomimetic robotic fish, nanorobotics, mechatronics and, manufacturing automation. The program focuses on short lectures, hands-on experiments, team work and lab tours. Presentations from different branches of MSU are also part of the program.
Program Fee: $700
Link: http://www.egr.msu.edu/future-engineer/programs/introduction-robotics-engineering-msu-residential


Michigan State University
High School Engineering Institute (HSEI)
When: Session 1- Sunday, June 22, 2014 - 8:00am to Thursday, June 26, 2014 - 12:00pm; Session 2- Sunday, July 13, 2014 - 8:00am to Thursday, July 17, 2014 - 8:00pm.
Who: National and International students- Grades 10-12 in fall 2014
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: $700
Link: http://www.egr.msu.edu/future-engineer/programs/hsei


Michigan State University
Spartaneering LEGO Robotics
When: Session 1- Monday, June 16, 2014 - 8:00am to Friday, June 20, 2014 - 12:00pm ; Session 2- Monday, June 23, 2014 - 8:00am to Friday, June 27, 2014 - 12:00pm.
Who: Students in 4th – 8th grade in Fall 2013
Designed for students to explore various engineering fields, focus on problem identification, team-building, communication, problem-solving, programming and competition using the NXT Robotics Invention System. This is a commuter program. Program Fee: $250
Link: http://www.egr.msu.edu/future-engineer/programs/spartaneering-lego-robotics-commuter


Michigan State University
Spartan Engineering for Teens
When: Monday, June 16, 2014 - 8:00am to Friday, June 20, 2014 - 12:00pm.
Who: 8th and 9th grade students by Fall 2013
Formerly WIMS for Teens. 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 learning science, engineering, and mathematics. Working with science teachers and engineering faculty, students will design and build experiments. Students will learn about various engineering majors, be involved in short courses, demonstrations, field trips and hands-on experiments. Program Fee: $300
Link: http://www.egr.msu.edu/future-engineer/programs/teens


Michigan State University
BEACON High School- Residential
When: Sunday, July 6, 2014 - 8:00am to Thursday, July 10, 2014 - 8:00pm.
Who: 11th -12th Grade students in fall 2013 (by invitation only)
This NSF-funded Science and Technology Center program focuses on preparing a diverse new generation of scientists and engineers with the advanced STEM skills necessary to advance interdisciplinary research on evolution in action, and develop innovative applications with actively evolving biological and technological systems.
Link: http://www.egr.msu.edu/future-engineer/programs/beacon-high-school-residential


Michigan State University
Grandparents University
When: Tuesday, June 24, 2014 - 8:45am to Thursday, June 26, 2014 - 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.
Link: 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: [email protected]
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: [email protected]
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: [email protected]
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: [email protected]
Web site: youthprograms.mtu.edu/


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: [email protected]


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: [email protected] 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: [email protected]
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: [email protected]
Website: www.swe.engin.umich.edu/SEECamp


University of Michigan Ann Arbor/Camp
CAEN
A computer technology exploration camp at the University of Michigan's College of Engineering. Courses are two weeks long and encompass programming topics such as C and Java and web-based technologies such as Virtual Reality.
Contact: Mr. Craig Strickland, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI 48109 (734-936-8039)
Email: [email protected]
Web site: http://campcaen.engin.umich.edu/