Engineering Experience Camp

Watch for our next registration cycle in spring 2020!

The summer 2019 edition of UIC's Engineering Experience Camp was a tremendous success, bringing dozens of Chicago-area students to UIC for a week of hands-on activities and challenges that introduced them to the vast potential of engineering.

We will be back in summer 2020 with new programming for students in grades 4 through 12. Please visit this page in winter/spring 2020 for updates and a live registration link. If you have any questions between now and then, please contact the camp director, Clinical Associate Professor Yeow Siow, at

Camp format

camp participants working together on a project

UIC Engineering is home to multiple departments that represent different disciplines in engineering. In each day of the camp, students get a chance to experiment—literally—with a particular field:

  • Bioengineering
  • Chemical engineering
  • Civil engineering
  • Computer science
  • Electrical engineering
  • Mechanical engineering

Each day, participants complete hands-on challenges based on concepts they learn from developed by UIC Engineering faculty members. One day that might be writing computer code; another day, it could be robotics or bridge-building.

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.

Cost and schedule

Cost for 1 week: To be determined for summer 2020

The fee includes daily lunch. Scholarships are available to assist families who have demonstrated financial need.

Daily schedule (approximate — actual schedule to be set for summer 2020)

  • 8:30am – 8:50am: Drop off
  • 9am – 12pm: Project and design challenge #1
  • 12pm – 1pm: Lunch
  • 1pm – 3pm: Project and design challenge #2
  • 4pm: Pickup
  • 4pm – 6pm: Optional after-care

Is UIC Engineering Experience Camp for you?

Professor Yeow Siow, director of the camp, 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.


For more information about UIC Engineering Experience Camp, contact Yeow Siow at