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Engineering Summer Camps

Bottle rocket launch at engineering summer camp

2015 Summer Camp Dates

2015 summer camp dates and registration will be available in January 2015.

About our camps

Spend a week this summer learning about engineering with our instructors, students and professionals from the community. Our camps provide young students with a glimpse into their possible future as engineering students at Nevada and allow them to make contacts that can ease their entry into our engineering degree programs.

Expect to participate in hands-on activities and projects, such as building and testing bridges, blasting bottle rockets, designing a digital video game, learning about metallic materials, using our labs, touring our campus, field trips and more.

Registration and payment

All 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.

Please use our online registration form to sign up.

Registration fee per camp is $250. Academic scholarships and financial assistance are available. Girls and minorities are encouraged to apply.

Snacks and water will be provided throughout the day, but students MUST bring their own lunch as it will not be provided or available for purchase.  Students also need to provide their own transportation and enthusiasm!

Information for Campers

  • Scholarships: If you are planning to apply for a scholarship, please fill out the application form and fax or mail it to the address on the form.
  • Waiver: Please download the camp waiver, fill it out and bring it with you to camp on the first day.
  • Parking: You can also download a campus map with camp locations and directions as well as parking information.

2014 Camp Schedule

Jumpstart to UAS (Unmanned Autonomous Systems)

Dates: June 16 - 20, 2014
Designed for ages 15 - 18

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

Intro to Engineering Camp

Dates: June 23-27, 2014
Designed for ages 12-15

This camp introduces students to the various engineering disciplines through fun, age-appropriate activities such as building bottle rockets, designing concrete canoes and learning about digital gaming. 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.

Civil & Environmental Engineering Camp

Dates: June 23-27, 2014
Designed for ages 14-18

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

Young Women in Engineering Camp

Dates: July 7 - 11, 2014
Designed for ages 12-15

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.

Computer Science Camp I

Dates: July 14-18, 2014
Designed for ages 13-16

This camp will introduce students to the concepts, tools, and techniques of computer graphics for animated films, simulations, and video games, including a tour of our robotics lab.

Computer Science Camp II

Dates: July 21-25, 2014
Designed for ages 13-16

The Computer Science Camp II is a continuation of Computer Science Camp I. The second part of the camp introduces the Python programming language and shows campers how to use Python code to control digital animations. By using computer code, students will be able to create advanced effects that are hard or impossible to create by hand. Intended for students who have taken the first week of the Computer Science Camp I.

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