Engineering summer camps

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.

2020 Engineering Camp Schedule
Dates Camp Name Cost Ages
June 8-12 Beakers & Burners $350 12-15
June 15-19 Up & Atom $350 15-17
June 22-26 Engineering Everywhere! $350 12-15
July 6-10 Camp BUILD $350 14-17
July 13-17 Women Exploring Engineering, WE2 $350 12-15
July 20-24 Building Autonomous Systems $350 14-17

Too young for an engineering summer camp? Check out the great summer camp offerings from Kids University.

Camp hours

Camps run from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Friday. 

For questions or additional information, please contact Samantha Bickert at (775) 682-7741.

Camp descriptions

Beakers & Burners

Can you make ocean water drinkable? Why don't nuclear reactors melt? Campers will explore these questions and many more through hands-on activities in the weird and wonderful world of chemical and materials engineering. An off-campus field trip will introduce campers to what it's really like to build a career in this expanding field.

Up & Atom

Take a step further into the world of chemical and materials engineering. Want cleaner fuels for our environment? Would you like to ride in a safer car or have better medicines? These are just some of the things campers will be learning in this chemical and materials engineering camp. Campers will have the opportunity to explore and problem-solve some of our world's most complex issues. Join us for a week in creating new materials and chemistries!

Engineering Everywhere!

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


The work of civil engineers is everywhere. The roads and bridges we travel on. The buildings we live, work, and play in. Systems that bring us clean water and take away waste. Learn to become a problem solver, innovator, entrepreneur, and global leader by attending our civil and environmental engineering camp. Do something today for a better tomorrow!

Women Exploring Engineering, WE2

Using the same curriculum as our Engineering Everywhere camp, this camp is designed specifically for young women who want to learn more about engineering. In addition to engineering design challenges and a field trip, this camp includes mentoring sessions with University faculty, alums and current students to show young women why engineering needs them.

Building Autonomous Systems

As electronics and computers grow in importance, participants will learn basic programming and system designs. During this camp, participants will work with IQ Vex Robotics and littlebits that will immerse them in the engineering design process and foster innovation. Sign-up today!