Engineering summer camp

Our engineering camps provide students with a glimpse into their possible future as engineers through hands-on activities such as building and testing bridges, blasting bottle rockets and more.

On-campus engineering summer camps

We are bringing summer camps back to campus! In the summer of 2022, we are excited to bring our engineering camps back in person. Our camps are interactive, social programs that offer a great way to fuel your child's passion for engineering. Led by University of Nevada, Reno engineering students, our camps are a great way to learn the engineering design process and sharpen new math and science skills. Our camps offer a high-quality curriculum delivered by University of Nevada, Reno engineering faculty, students, and engineering professionals from the community in a fun engaging environment.

What our camps offer

Focused-Learning Time: 8 hours of hands-on lessons, engaging discussions, and short lectures.

Teambuilding & Breaks: Our day includes icebreakers, team building activities, energizers, and breaks to keep campers engaged!

High-Quality Instruction: Content is developed by University of Nevada, Reno engineering faculty and engineering students.

Social interaction: Campers will participate in team activities, group reflections, and get-to-know-you activities.

We will be hosting two Engineering Everywhere camps for 12-14-year olds, an Engineering Adventures: Introduction to Engineering in the Outdoors camp for 12-14-year olds, and an Engineering Exploration camp for 15-17-year olds. All camps are an introduction to engineering and include many of our engineering disciplines. Registration is now available! See camp descriptions below. Our camps are held in various engineering buildings on campus from 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Camp capacity is 20-25 and participants and campers will need to bring their own lunch. Snacks and water are available. If you have any questions, you may contact sbickert@unr.edu.

Refund Policy: If you choose to cancel or leave a camp session for any reason;

  • 14 days or less prior to the camp session starting date, you will not be eligible for a refund.
  • 15 or more days prior to the camp session starting date, you will be eligible for a refund.

Campers are eligible for a full refund for a summer camp session if;

  • A camp is canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • Families are adversely impacted by COVID-19 (job loss, illness or suspected exposure to COVID-19, caring for sick family members) and have to cancel their registration.

Camp descriptions

Engineering Everywhere! Introduction to engineering. For ages 12-14

Cost: $350

Engineering is everywhere. From the roads we drive on to the medicine we take to the computers we use. This camp introduces participants to diverse fields in engineering, including chemical, civil, biomedical, and computer science. Participants will design, build and test a number of projects; from bridges to bottle rockets, to experience the challenges that engineers encounter every day. A local field trip will help students discover how engineering is all around us in our community.

Engineering Adventures: Introduction to engineering in the outdoors. For ages 12-14

Cost: $450

Engineering Adventures is an exciting, NEW introduction to engineering camp that immerses campers into the great outdoors! With the University of Nevada, Reno nestled in the Sierra Nevada mountains, we are going to explore what it means to be an engineer who creates rock climbing equipment, mountain bikes, outdoor clothing and more. We will meet with outdoor engineering experts, test out equipment, create our own equipment and take field trips to see engineers in action. If you're interested in chemical, materials, mechanical or environmental engineering, this is the camp for you!

Engineering Exploration: Introduction to engineering. For ages 15-17

Cost: $350

Much like the Engineering Everywhere camp, Engineering Exploration will also introduce participants to diverse fields in engineering. Participants will engage in hands-on lessons, short lectures, and teambuilding to understand the importance of engineers working in teams. Participants will identify a problem and design, build, and test a model following the engineering design process. They will present their final project at an end of camp reception. In addition to the engineering activities, participants will learn about the steps they need to accomplish to become a student in the College of Engineering at the University of Nevada, Reno.