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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, designing a digital video game, learning about metallic materials, using our labs, touring our campus, field trips and more.

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

Autonomous Systems and Robotics Camp ($750)

**Waitlist Only. Please use our online registration form to be added to the waitlist.**
Dates: June 20 - 24, 2016
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 2oth - 3pm June 24th. The cost for this camp will be $750 per student and is all inclusive.

Day Camps

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.

The registration fee for most camps is $300; due to the cost of supplies, the manufacturing camp fee is $350. 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!

2016 Engineering Summer Camp Schedule

Intro to Engineering Camp ($300)

Dates: June 27- July 1, 2016 (**Both sessions waitlist only.**)
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.

Manufacturing Engineering Camp ($350)

Dates: June 13-17, 2016
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 20-24, 2016
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, 2016.

Apply for the MESA Camp

Young Women in Engineering Camp ($300)

**Waitlist Only. Please use our online registration form to be added to the waitlist.**
Dates: June 27 - July 1, 2016

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, in collaboration with SOLARIS ($300)

Dates: July 11 - 15, 2016
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 ($300)

**Waitlist Only. Please use our online registration form to be added to the waitlist.**
Dates: July 11 - 15, 2016

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.

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