Virginia 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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Eastern Shore Community College
Kid's College Program
Eastern Shore Community College offers its summer enrichment program titled Kids College, the first week of August each year.  Sponsored by the College’s Workforce Development Services division, the camp hosts kids ages 10 to 14.  All classes are held on the ESCC campus from 8:30 am to 4:30 pm. These unique classes are designed to teach new skills, develop new interests and hobbies, and explore future career opportunities. Past offerings have included Basic Mindstorm Robotics, SeaPerch Robotics, Digital Photography, Forensic Science CSI, and Archaeology.  Future offerings will include 3-D Printing and Cosmetology.
Contact: Kimberlee Ormsby at 757-789-7979
Email: kormsby@es.vccs.edu
Website:  www.es.vccs.edu


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


Richmond Minorities in Engineering Partnership
Summer Engineering Institute

June through July each year The RvaMEP Summer Engineering Institute (SEI) is a three or five-week academic program for middle and high school minority students in the Richmond/Petersburg metropolitan area. The program provides students with information about various fields of engineering in order to acquaint them with the requirements for pursuing a career in engineering. Middle school students participate in engineering related classroom projects, while high school students blend engineering and computer classes with robotics projects. All students enjoy visiting local area firms to witness first hand, the work of engineers as well as attend lectures by practicing engineers in various fields. 
Contact: Ms. LaTasha Watson, Executive Director,  Richmond, Virginia (804-420-2674)
Email: rvamep@gmail.com
Web site: http://www.RvaMEP.org


Sweet Briar College
Engineering Design Course

A residential weeklong college course (one college credit) for female rising high school juniors and seniors will start July 19, 2015 through July 24, 2015. The course is built around several hands-on, team based engineering design projects. We’ll teach you all the necessary skills to pull off our engaging projects- no experience necessary!  You will work with expert engineering faculty members and Sweet Briar engineering majors.  The planned projects in this course:  design, build and test your own smart clothing. Smart or intelligent clothes generally use a sensor that activates a device inside of them for some function. Design, build, and test your own novel building material. You’ll learn about civil and environmental engineering through this hands-on project using one of the world’s most important materials - ​concrete. You will learn about brainstorming and creativity in engineering design, circuits basics, building prototypes using machine shop tools and 3D computer modeling using Autodesk Inventor, as well as Arduino programming basics. A tour of an engineering company and the opportunity to interact with successful women engineers from area companies, as well as SBC engineering graduates is part of the week. Of course there is time at the pool and a picnic at the lake and you will stay in college dorms with student mentors.
Contact: Dr. Hank Yochum, Director of Engineering, 434-381-6357
Email: hyochum@sbc.edu
Web site: http://sbc.edu/engineering/explore-engineering-for-high-school-girls/


University of Virginia
ExxonMobil Bernard Harris Summer Science Camp (EMBHSSC)

The goal of U.Va.'s Bernard Harris Summer Science Camp is to instill an interest in engineering among middle school students, defined as rising sixth, seventh, and eighth graders. Participants will enjoy two weeks full of interactive activities and classes with U.Va.'s professors and graduate students from the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences which will introduce them to various disciplines, including aerospace, electrical, materials, and mechanical engineering.
Contact: UVA Center for Diversity in Engineering, 434.924.0618
Website: http://www.seas.virginia.edu/admin/diversity/pre_college/bhssc.php


University of Virginia
Introduction To Engineering (ITE)

The primary goal of the Center for the Diversity in Engineering's Introduction to Engineering (ITE) program is to introduce rising high school juniors and seniors to the theory and practice of engineering through lectures, labs, and exercises in engineering design, applied math, and basic science. Participants will also be introduced to various engineering disciplines through lectures and demonstrations.
Contact: UVA Center for Diversity in Engineering, 434.924.0618
Website: http://www.seas.virginia.edu/admin/diversity/pre_college/ite.php


University of Virginia
LEAD: Computer Science Institute (CSI)
LEAD CSI is a three-week program designed to provide rising 10th and 11th grade students with a broad exposure to various topics in computer science. The goal of the program is to create a future generation of students in the field of computing. Participants experience daily life on a college campus and learn how computer science plays a role in our everyday life through introduction to a variety of computer science topics and applications, classroom interactive lectures, workshops, guest speakers and projects.
Contact: LEAD Program Office 215-753-2490
Website: http://www.seas.virginia.edu/admin/diversity/pre_college/lead.php


Virginia Tech
Computers and Technology at Virginia Tech (C-Tech2)

C-Tech2 is a two-week residential camp that focuses on engineering majors and exposing participants to technology. The program targets high school women who are rising juniors and seniors. During the program participants explore engineering, math, and science applications in a way that is fun and exciting. Participants spend the majority of their time involved in hands-on activities designed to increase interest in, and knowledge of, applications of engineering to real world situations. C-Tech2 also provides participants with the opportunity to learn about college life - from residence halls to classrooms and everything in-between.
Contact: Kim Lester, Coordinator, Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, VA 24061 540-231-7337
Email: ctech2@vt.edu
Web site: http://www.eng.vt.edu/ctech2


Virginia Tech
Imagination

Imagination, a one-week STEM day camp for rising seventh and eighth graders, introduces participants to the exciting and fun world of technology, engineering, and science not by watching, but by doing!
Contact: Kim Lester, Coordinator, Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, VA 24061 540-231-7337
Email: imagination@vt.edu
Web site: http://www.eng.vt.edu/imagination/