Engineering Summer Camps

Our engineering camps provide students with a glimpse into their possible future as engineering students. Participants in our  camps will do hands-on activities such as building and testing bridges, blasting bottle rockets, learning about new materials, participating in field trips and more.

2019 Summer Camp Schedule

Registration will open for 2019 camps in February.

Young women during an electrical engineering camp lesson
MESA campers build a circuit
MESA campers build a structure out of gumdrops and toothpicks

Intro to Engineering Camp

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

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

This is a free, introductory camp, open only to students who will be the first person in their immediate family to attend college. This camp's curriculum is very similar to the lessons offered in our Introduction to Engineering and Young Women in Engineering camps.

Young Women in Engineering Camp

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

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.

Intro to Chemical and Materials Engineering Camp

This camp introduces students to the fields of Chemical and Materials Engineering. Students will learn through demonstration, hands-on activities and lecture. Students will also participate in an off-campus field trip to a local Chemical & Material Engineering company. Please note: Some material may be duplicated in the Intro to Engineering camp.

Civil & Environmental Engineering Camp

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

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 part of the camp is spent learning; the second part is spent working on a project of the student's design.