Engineering Experience Camp

Experiment with engineering!

Each summer, Chicago-area students are invited to UIC for a week of hands-on activities and challenges that will introduce them to the vast potential of engineering.

Engineering isn’t a subject that grade-school students encounter every day, so UIC Engineering Experience Camp provides an inspiring look at the ways in which engineers can change the world.

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UIC Engineering Experience Camp has expanded! Students now take part in activities designed by multiple UIC Engineering departments, including bioengineering, civil and materials engineering, mechanical and industrial engineering, electrical and computer engineering, and computer science. Our daily schedule is longer, too—from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

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Camp dates and location

UIC Engineering Experience Camp is offered on specific dates in summer 2019 based on students’ rising grade level in school:

Track 1
CLOSED; currently underway
Monday, July 8, to Friday, July 12
9am to 4pm
(with optional after-care until 6pm)
For rising 4th, 5th, and 6th graders

Track 2
Registration closing July 12
Monday, July 15, to Friday, July 19
9am to 4pm
(with optional after-care until 6pm)
For rising 7th, 8th, and 9th graders

Track 3
Registration closing July 19
Monday, July 22, to Friday, July 26
9am to 4pm
(with optional after-care until 6pm)
For rising 10th, 11th, and 12th graders

The camp is held on UIC’s campus, just west of downtown Chicago. Participants begin and end each day at 801 South Morgan Street.

Camp format

camp participants

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 one of five fields:

  • Bioengineering
  • 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 will begin each day at the UIC Library, 801 S. Morgan Street, and will 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 will be 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: $500

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

Daily schedule

  • 8:30am – 8:50am: Drop off at 801 S. Morgan Street (UIC Library)
  • 9am – 12pm: Project and design challenge #1
  • 12pm – 1pm: Lunch
  • 1pm – 3pm: Project and design challenge #2
  • 4pm: Pickup at 801 S. Morgan Street (UIC Library)
  • 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.

Orientation information

Registered participants: Please download and familiarize yourself with the orientation booklet. A PDF version is available via the link below.

Access the orientation booklet


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