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Engineering Summer Camps

Our engineering camps provide students with a glimpse into their possible future as engineering students. Participants in our  camps will do hands-on activities such as building and testing bridges, blasting bottle rockets, learning about new materials, participating in field trips and more.

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2016 Engineering Summer Camp Schedule

Camps run Monday through Friday from 9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. Students meet in the Harry Reid Engineering Lab (HREL) at the University of Nevada, Reno campus.

2017 Engineering Camp Schedule
DatesCamp NameCostAges
June 12-16 Intro to Engineering Camp $350 12-15
June 12-16 Manufacturing Engineering Camp $350 14-18
June 19-23 MESA First Generation Engineering Camp Free to eligible students 13-16
June 26-30 Young Women in Engineering Camp $350 12-15
June 26-30 Autonomous Systems and Robotics Camp $450 15-18
July 10-14 Civil & Environmental Engineering Camp $350 14-18
July 10-14 Computer Science Camp $350 13-16
Young women during an electrical engineering camp lesson
MESA campers build a circuit
MESA campers build a structure out of gumdrops and toothpicks

Intro to Engineering Camp

This camp introduces students to the various engineering disciplines through fun, age-appropriate activities such as building bottle rockets, experimenting with chemical engineering and learning about all fields of engineering. Field trips and campus tours introduce students to some of Northern Nevada's engineering landmarks. Camp sessions are led by university faculty and graduate students.

Manufacturing Engineering Camp

This summer camp will introduce basic knowledge of manufacturing engineering, including metrology, heat treatment, metal forming, metal machining, casting, CNC and more. Campers will get a chance to operate machines such as metrology equipment, manual lathes, mills, CNC mills and CNC lathes.

MESA First Generation Engineering Camp

This is a free, introductory camp, open only to students who will be the first person in their immediate family to attend college. Entry is competitive and the deadline to apply is May 22nd, 2017. This camp's curriculum is very similar to the lessons offered in our Introduction to Engineering and Young Women in Engineering camps.

Young Women in Engineering Camp

For young women only! An introduction to engineering including lessons, hands-on activities, and mentoring from professional female engineers, university faculty, alumni, and current engineering students.

The curriculum for this camp is very similar to the Introduction to Engineering and MESA camps, and it is not recommended that students attend more than one.

Autonomous Systems and Robotics Camp

This program is for students to expand their knowledge and awareness of robotics and UAS technology. Students will encounter scientific principles such as lift, thrust, drag, and propulsion. The use of UAS simulators will expose campers to new technologies and the use of other technological devices in the camp will prepare them for advancing technologies in the general workforce.

Civil & Environmental Engineering Camp

This camp introduces students to some of the main areas within civil and environmental engineering, including earthquake engineering, geotechnical engineering and transportation engineering. Students will also conduct experiments in water treatment, soil liquefaction, and bridge building.

This camp is hosted in collaboration with SOLARIS, a Tier 1 University Transportation Center focused on addressing regional transportation and infrastructure issues.

Computer Science Camp

This camp offers an introduction to programming and engineering. Students will be exposed to the ideas behind using computer as tools, basic algorithmic concepts using the C/C++ programming language(s), simple electronics circuits, and design practices by thinking of their programs as state machines. Students will apply their knowledge and skills using the Arduino platform. The first pat of the camp is spent learning; the second part is spent working on a project of the student's design.

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