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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 engineering 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.

Participants in our engineering summer camps will do hands-on activities and projects, such as building and testing bridges, blasting bottle rockets, learning about metallic materials, using our labs, touring our campus, participating in field trips and more.

Information for Campers

  • Financial aid: If you are planning to apply for a financial aid, 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.

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.

The registration fee for most camps is $350 and financial assistance is available. Girls and minorities are encouraged to apply.

What should I bring?

Day camp participants are responsible for providing:

  • Lunch every day
  • Transportation to and from camp
  • Curiosity and enthusiasm!

Snacks and water will be provided.

2016 Engineering Summer Camp Schedule

Intro to Engineering Camp ($350)

Dates: June 12- 16, 2017
Designed for ages 12-15

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 ($350)

Dates: June 12-16, 2017
Designed for ages 14-18

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 (Free)

Dates: June 19-23, 2017
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 22nd, 2017. This camp's curriculum is very similar to the lessons offered in our Introduction to Engineering and Young Women in Engineering camps.

Apply for the MESA Camp

Young Women in Engineering Camp ($350)

Dates: June 26 - 30, 2017
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.

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 ($450)

Dates: June 26 - 30, 2017
Designed for ages 15 - 18

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, in collaboration with SOLARIS ($350)

Dates: July 10 - 14, 2017
Designed for ages 14-18

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 ($350)

Dates: July 10 - 14, 2017
Designed for ages 13-16

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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