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Make Smart Stuff:  UD ECE Summer Camp for High-School Students

Description: We are surrounded by smart devices that can sense, think, and act; ranging from everything in your smartphone to all the steps that happen to bring you your next mail-order delivery. These intelligent gadgets are all made possible by technologies invented and used by electrical and computer engineers. In this one-week summer camp, rising 9th and 10th graders will explore the “magic” of how electrical and computer engineers bridge the real world and cyber world to make smart stuff.  Camp activities will include 3D printing of prototypes, programming microcontrollers to make devices sense/think/act, making robots that interact with the world, securing devices and cyberspace using cryptography, and reading someone’s mind with a computer. The camp will also include counseling on planning STEM courses for application to the ECE undergraduate programs.

Who Can Sign Up: Rising 9th- and all 10th-grade students

Fee: $325 (scholarships available on a first-come, first-served basis)

Timeline: 4 days, June 21-24, 2022, from 8:30AM – 4PM

Requirements: You must provide your own transportation and lunch

Skill  Building: Introduction to Microcontrollers and programming (Arduino), 3D printing, robotics prototyping and integration, sensors and circuits, cryptography and cybersecurity, and problem-solving.

High School Internship Program

Applications for the 7-week high school internship in the College of Engineering are now being accepted. Rising 11th and 12th graders may apply here to this 7-week in-lab internship. The internship will run from June 20th through August 8th. Applications are due on March 25, 2022.  No late applications will be accepted

Students applying to this program should provide a transcript from their guidance office, a teacher recommendation (link will be provided), and a short essay. This program is competitive, with limited spaces available and application is no guarantee of acceptance. In addition, and depending on COVID regulations, the internships may move to virtual or hybrid. We have many great labs participating, this year. We make every effort to place as many students as possible in their preferred labs but cannot guarantee such placement. Students are asked NOT to take more than 3 days of vacation during the internship, given its short term.

Thank you for your interest in our program!


All applications for camp and internships have closed for this year.

Please check back in January 2023 for next year’s offerings.

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A Message from Dean Thompson

Engineers are problem solvers, and with the challenges our society faces in human health, climate change and more, we need more problem solvers. When we engage young minds with engineering, we help children understand that they have the power to tackle the world’s problems. We afford them experience not only with the direct underpinnings of engineering, such as physics and chemistry, but also with concepts that are inherent to engineering, such as problem-solving, logic, collaboration, and much more.

Levi T. Thompson, Ph.D.
Dean, College of Engineering
Elizabeth Inez Kelley Professor of Chemical Engineering

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