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Engineering Summer Camps

Bottle rocket launch at engineering summer camp

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.

 Online registration form

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.

Residential Camp

Jumpstart to UAS (Unmanned Autonomous Systems)

**Camp is full. Fill out the online registration form to be added to the waitlist.**

Dates: June 22 - 26, 2015
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 campers to new technologies and the use of other technological devices in the camp will prepare them for advancing technologies in the general workforce.

This camp will be a residential camp in which students will be required to stay in University of Nevada, Reno dorms from 8am June 22 - 3pm June 26th. The cost for this camp will be $650 per student and is all inclusive.

Day Camps

Registration and payment

Day 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.

Registration fee per camp is $275. 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!

2015 Day Camp Schedule

Intro to Engineering Camp

**Camp is full. Fill out the online registration form to be added to the waitlist.**
Dates: June 15-19, 2015
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.

MESA First Generation Engineering Camp

Dates: June 15-19, 2015
Designed for ages 13-16

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 8th, 2015

Additional information and online application for the MESA camp.

Young Women in Engineering Camp

Dates: July 6 - 10, 2015
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.

Civil & Environmental Engineering Camp

**Camp is full. Fill out the online registration form to be added to the waitlist.**

Dates: July 13 - 17, 2015
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.

Computer Science Camp I

**Camp is full. Fill out the online registration form to be added to the waitlist.**

Dates: July 6-10, 2015
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

**Camp is full. Fill out the online registration form to be added to the waitlist.**

Dates: July 13-17, 2015
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.

Transportation Camp

Getting from Here to There! A Transportation Engineering Camp offered by SOLARIS University Transportation Center

For questions about the transportation camp only, please contact Erika Marquez at

Dates: July 27 - 31, 2015
Designed for ages 14 - 18
Cost: $200 (includes snacks and water, lunch will not be provided)
Registration: Please register online for the transportation camp

Transportation - getting people and goods from here to there! Just got your driver´s license? Go behind the scenes and learn about traffic signal timing, air traffic control, highway & traffic design, transportation planning. Compete with other teams on the bus scavenger hunt on RTC Ride. Camp includes field trips to the Reno & Carson airports, as well as other local transportation points of interest.

Students must bring their own lunches and have their own transportation to and from the University. Transportation will be provided to field trips.

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