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Engineering Experience Camp

We will stop receiving new applications after 06/14/2022

Our engineering experience camp is full this year. Please save this page for future updates. Information about 2023 summer camp will be posted this November.

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camp participants working together on a project

UIC Engineering is home to multiple departments that represent different disciplines in engineering. In 2022 summer, five of these departments will participate in the camp:

  • Biomedical Engineering
  • Chemical Engineering
  • Computer Science
  • Electrical and Computer Engineering
  • Mechanical and Industrial Engineering

This five-day program includes lunch, and optional after care is provided. Each day, students get a chance to experiment—literally—with a particular field. Participants complete hands-on challenges based on concepts developed by UIC Engineering faculty members and graduate students. One day that might be writing computer code; another day, it could be robotics or biomechanics.

Students also hear about potential future careers that might await them in each engineering discipline, from nanotechnology to self-driving vehicles to creating transplant-ready organs to save lives.

Participants begin each day at UIC’s east campus and spend each of the five days of the camp in an engineering lab run by a different academic department. From morning drop-off to afternoon pickup, each participant is accompanied at all times by camp staff: faculty, graduate students, and undergraduate chaperones. All camp personnel are highly experienced and highly trained, and comprehensive background checks are performed to ensure the proper protection of minors. The expected participant-to-staff ratio is between 5 to 1 and 8 to 1.

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Cost for 1 week: $500 per student

  • The fee includes daily lunch, project materials and a camp t-shirt.
  • Children of University of Illinois (UIC, UIUC, UIS, or System Office) employees receive a 10 percent discount.
  • Optional after-care from 4pm to 6pm is available for an additional $25 per day.
  • Scholarships are available to assist families who have demonstrated financial need.

Dates and age groups

  • Rising 4th to 6th grade — July 11 – 15, 2022
  • Rising 7th to 9th grade — July 18 – 22, 2022
  • Rising 10th to 12th grade — July 25 – 29, 2022

Daily schedule

  • 8:30am – 8:50am: Drop off at 801 S. Morgan St. (UIC Daley Library)
  • 9am – 12pm: Project and design challenge #1, with short break
  • 12pm – 1pm: Lunch (at UIC cafeteria) and recess
  • 1pm – 4pm: Project and design challenge #2 (and #3, if applicable), with short break
  • 4pm: Pickup at 801 S. Morgan St.
  • 4pm – 6pm: Optional after-care ($25 additional per day)

Orientation information and other details are emailed to the parents/guardians of registered participants a few weeks before the camp start date. Daily updates will also be provided during the camp.

This year, we plan to begin a brand new extension of the Engineering Experiences Camp for upper elementary and middle school girls. This week-long program will focus on designing SOCIAL ROBOTS with mentorship from Women in Computer Science at UIC. There is no cost to enroll in this one-week program. However, consent to research participation is required. The camp, Monday through Friday 9:00 to 4:00 with optional aftercare, will be held July 18 – 22 for rising 5th to 6th grade girls and July 25 – 29 for rising 7th and 9th grade girls. To learn more about this special program or sign up, please visit https://jmich.people.uic.edu/summer.html or contact Dr. Joseph Michaelis at jmich@uic.edu

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UIC mechanical and industrial engineering faculty member Yeow Siow calls the camp ideally suited for students who are “inquisitive and curious about the world around them, want to try new things, meet new people, and use their heads and hands to solve problems.”

At UIC Engineering Experience Camp, students can discover the creative aspects of engineering while also getting a sense of what life is like as a college student.

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For more information about 2022 UIC Engineering Experience Camp, contact the camp director, Dr. Zhinan Wang, at engineeringcamp@uic.edu.

This program is sponsored by the Departments of Biomedical Engineering, Chemical Engineering, Computer Science, Electrical and Computer Engineering. The Mechanical and Industrial Engineering portion of the camp is supported by a robotics grant 194682 from the US National Science Foundation. The scholarship is provided by the Washington Award which is hosted by the Western Society of Engineers.