Pennsylvania 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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California University of Pennsylvania
TECH Awareness Camp Information:

The California University of Pennsylvania's TECH Awareness Camp is a technology and engineering summer camp for 6th-8th grade middle school girls. Girls will experience a wide variety of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics and manufacturing (STEM) activities. Each participant will stay in the dorms at Cal U and all expenses are covered through funding from the National Science Foundation. Housing, meals, and materials are provided for participants. There is a limit of 20 students so please apply early.
Contact: Camp director, Dr. Laura Hummell (724-938-4381).
Email: [email protected]


Drexel University
Summer Mentorship Program – Engineering Research

The College of Engineering Summer Mentorship Program is a dynamic, three-week research experience that provides high school students from around the world with a unique opportunity to work in a Drexel laboratory on an individualized research project. In addition to the educational experience that research provides, students will also gain a competitive edge in the college application office and foster relationships with their faculty mentors as well as like-minded high school students. Participants will stay in a suite-style Drexel residence hall for the duration of the experience. Each suite can accommodate four or six people and is complete with a kitchen, common area, and bathroom. Current staff members will serve as Resident Advisors for the students throughout the length of their stay.
Contact: Amy Campbell, Drexel University, LeBow 239, Philadelphia, PA 19104 (215.895.6658)
Email: [email protected]
Web Site: http://www.drexel.edu/coe/special/summer/mentor/


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 Villanova and Carnegie Mellon.  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 (held at Villanova), iD Programming Academy, and iD Visual Arts Academy (filmmaking and photography).
Contact: 1-888-709-TECH (8324)
Email: [email protected]
Website: http://www.internaldrive.com/locations/pa-summer-camps-pennsylvania-computer-camps


ITAG (Innovative Technology Action Group)
GETT (Girls Exploring Tomorrow's Technology)

GETT invites Chester County Girls in grades 6-12 and their parents to consider the many career possibilities, as represented by successful women role models from varied professions that rely on computer technology in this day-long event. The girls visit interactive and hands-on sessions that invite them to explore different careers in technology. In 2007, GETT received the Chester County AAUW Gateway to Equity Award.
Contact: Leslie Holmes, Project Coordinator, Chester County Economic Development Council (CCEDC), Eagleview Corporate Center, 737 Constitution Drive, Exton, PA 19341 (610.458.5700 x311)
Email: [email protected]
Web site: http://www.itagpa.org/


Johns Hopkins University, Whiting School of Engineering
Engineering Innovation, SciTech (Harrisburg, PA)

Learn to think and problem-solve like an engineer while earning Johns Hopkins University credit. Through Engineering Innovation, high school students put engineering concepts to the test.  Applying their knowledge of math and science to labs and hands-on projects, concepts they’ve learned in their high school classrooms are suddenly linked to real-world practice. Students’ confidence grows as they attend college-level lectures, tackle problems, test theories, and ultimately learn to think like engineers.
Contact: Engineering Innovation, JHU, 3400 N. Charles Street, Maryland Hall 221, Baltimore, MD 21218, 410-516-6224
Email: [email protected]
Website: http://engineering-innovation.jhu.edu


Millersville University
Technology and Engineering Camp

Throughout the summer months, the Department of Industry and Technology at Millersville University of Pennsylvania offers a variety of technology camps for children and teens from grades 1-12. The camps offer participants the opportunity to receive exciting hands-on experience with fascinating technology, while stimulating creative minds-on learning.
Contact: Len Litowitz, Director, Millersville University. (717-872-3883)
Email: [email protected]
Web site: http://www.millersville.edu/techcamp/


Penn State University, University Park
MTM Engineering Camp for Girls

MTM Engineering Camp for girls is a day camp offering modules in Bioengineering and Optics, Computer Science, Product Innovation and Design, Mechanical Engineering, and Nanomaterials. Modules emphasize hands-on engineering activities, active problem solving, career site visits, exposure to female role models, and science, computer and math skills. Make new friends and explore the exciting and rewarding engineering field. MTM is offered by the Penn State Women in Engineering Program.
Contact: Cheryl Knobloch, Assoc. Director, Women in Engineering Program, Penn State University, University Park, PA 16802. Phone: 814-865-6311, Fax: 814-863-7496
Email: [email protected]
Web site: http://www.engr.psu.edu/wep/ExploringEngineering/MTM.htm


Penn State University, Abington Campus
VEX Robotics
In a collaborative team setting, learn to build and use the VEX® Robotics Design System to compete in fun real-world challenges including obstacle courses, maze solving and much more! The camp is designed to help you increase your technical knowledge and skills and well as to learn robotic design. Advanced students will have the opportunity to learn about building complex robotic sensors, advanced robot arms, and programming “smarter” robots. This course can challenge you to think critically and learn to work with others to solve problems. Contact:  Deanna Bosley, Youth Programs Coordinator, Penn State Abington (215-881-7339)
Email:  [email protected]
Web site:  http://www.abington.psu.edu/youthteen


Penn State University, Abington Campus
Lego® Mindstorms Robotics Camp
Using Lego Mindstorm Robotics Invention System, teams of participants will learn to design their own robot inventions in this hands-on workshop.  Learn to combine Legos, motors, sensors and computer software to create moving robots that react to light, avoid obstacles, and do amazing things.
Contact:  Deanna Bosley, Youth Programs Coordinator, Penn State Abington (215-881-7339)
Email:  [email protected]
Web site:  http://www.abington.psu.edu/youthteen


Penn State University, Abington Campus
Rocking with Rocketry
Come and explore the basics of rocketry through a variety of hands-on experiments.  Participants will learn rocket construction techniques, how to safely launch rockets, track altitudes, rocket types, rocket engines, and the science involved in powered flight.
Contact:  Deanna Bosley, Youth Programs Coordinator, Penn State Abington (215-881-7339)
Email:  [email protected]
Web site: http://www.abington.psu.edu/youthteen


Penn State University, Abington Campus
Exploring Engineering
Engineering is with us every day, at home, at school and at work. In this class, explore engineering through a variety of hands-on experiments. Each day presents a new challenge that needs to be solve. Whether you are building a bridge, designing an airplane, launching a rocket, or constructing a tower, you will use the scientific method to learn how things work. If you are someone who is interested in science and math, then this is the place to be.
Contact:  Deanna Bosley, Youth Programs Coordinator, Penn State Abington (215-881-7339)
Email:  [email protected]
Web site:  http://www.abington.psu.edu/youthteen


Penn State University, Abington Campus
Multimedia Design
In this exciting workshop we will be developing basic interactive computer games with Macromedia Flash or GMAX, using animation and action scripting.  Gaming basics will be covered, such as keeping track of lives, scores, shooting targets, dragging and dropping objects, logic games, manipulation of text, and more.
Contact:  Deanna Bosley, Youth Programs Coordinator, Penn State Abington (215-881-7339)
Email:  [email protected]
Web site:  http://www.abington.psu.edu/youthteen


Penn State University, University Park campus
Women in the Sciences and Engineering (WISE) Camp

The Women in the Sciences and Engineering (WISE) Camp is a one-day science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) career exploration program for young women in grades 10, 11, and 12.  This unique program is specifically designed for young women with an aptitude in science and math who would like to learn about careers in the STEM fields.
Contact:  The Women in the Sciences and Engineering (WISE) Institute, The Pennsylvania State University, 319 Boucke Building, University Park, PA, 16802 (814-865-3342)
Email: [email protected]
Web site:  http://www.equity.psu.edu/wise/


Point Park University
Summer in the City - Engineering and Technology Camp

Would you like to design a new bridge to stretch across a river? Build a sports car powered by a fuel cell? Create a new medical device that helps doctors save lives? In the Engineering and Technology Camp, you'll dive into a world where these things are possible; where science and art collide; where ideas become reality. You'll explore areas such as fuel cell technology, solar power, and biotechnology. You'll also discover what kinds of careers await you if you choose these fields, and get a taste of engineering and technology on the college level. Highlights of the week include a bridge-building competition, auto body design using a wind tunnel, and a special biotechnology project. This camp is open to rising 10th-12th graders and high school graduates.
Contact: Hilda Pang Fu, Director of Summer Programs, Point Park University, 201 Wood Street, Pittsburgh, PA 15222, (412-338-2489)
Email: [email protected]
Web site: http://www.pointpark.edu/summer


Robert Morris University
Electro-optics Camp
Electro-optics technology surrounds us, hidden from the untrained observer. Examples include the touch screen on a smart phone, ultraviolet lasers that read data from a DVD, internet information streaming across the globe on a fiber optics cable and more. During this camp, students will learn the basic principles of electronics and how to use several engineering tools including: multimeters, function generators, oscilloscopes, breadboards and circuit design software and more. Through hands-on activities, students will also learn about the properties of photons and how lasers and fiber optics work together to create speed of light communications. $150
Contact: Sarah Kerin: SEMS Outreach Manager (412-397-6331)
Email: [email protected]
Web site: http://www.rmu.edu/semsoutreach


Robert Morris University
Animatronics Camp
Animatronics is the art and science of designing and building animated sculptures and puppetry through hands-on activities. Camp curriculum includes: introduction to robotics and animatronics, engineering and product design and development, concept development, modeling/prototyping, mechanism design and assembly, electricity and electronic basics, costuming and integration and more. $200
Contact: Sarah Kerin: SEMS Outreach Manager (412-397-6331)
Email: [email protected]
Web site: http://www.rmu.edu/semsoutreach


University of Pennsylvania
PennGEMS
9am-4pm

Week-long day camp for girls you have just finished 6th, 7th or 8th grade. Girls will participate in a variety of hands-on activities around a variety of engineering fields including bioengineering, materials science, graphics, computing, mechanical engineering and robotics.
Contact: Michele Grab, University of Pennsylvania, 3330 Walnut St, 310 Levine Hall, Philadelphia, PA 19104 (215-573-6487)
Email: [email protected]
Web site: http://www.seas.upenn.edu/~awe/gems/index.html


University of Pennsylvania
Penn Engineering Summer Academy in Applied Science & Technology (SAAST)

The School of Engineering and Applied Science at the University of Pennsylvania invites highly motivated and talented high school students (entering 10th, 11th or 12th grades next Fall) to apply to participate in our three-week Summer Academy in Applied Science and Technology (SAAST). Our five rigorous, intensive SAAST courses give high school students an advance look at the learning experience they can expect in college. Courses are available in: Biotechnology, Computer Graphics, Computer Programming, Nanotechnology, and Robotics. Combining sophisticated theory with hands-on work in our world-class laboratories and culminating in independent projects, SAAST challenges students to work harder, smarter, and more creatively than they ever have before.
Email: [email protected]
Website: http://www.seas.upenn.edu/saast/


Temple University
Women Engineering Explorations (WE2)

Temple University's College of Engineering is offering an exciting, one-week residential summer program for female high school students entering their sophomore, junior, or senior year.  The goal of this pre-college outreach program is to increase awareness and interest in technological advancement in the field of engineering among high school students. The program aims to accomplish the above mentioned goal by providing an opportunity to explore the world of engineering by interacting with faculty and students at the college while working in their research labs. Students will have opportunities to hear lectures from engineers, work on numerous engineering projects, engage in group discussions, and go on industry field trips. Deadline: May 31, 2010.
Email: [email protected]
Website: http://www.temple.edu/engineering/WE2/index.html


Widener University
Engineering Summer Camp

Engineering Summer Camp was developed by engineering faculty at Widener University to introduce 10th, 11th and 12th grade students to the field of engineering in a nurturing, noncompetitive, "hands on" environment. Students are involved in a range of activities such as computer workshops, demonstrations, films, laboratory exercises, discussion groups and presentations.
Contact: Tamara Ferguson, Widener University, One University Place, Chester, PA 19013 (610-499-4198)
Email: [email protected]
Web site: http://www.widener.edu/academics/collegesandschools/engineering/outreachprograms/summercamp