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Due to the uncertainty of the times, we will not be running week-long camps for the summer of 2021.

We will be offering single day events, with age-specific content.  If safety permits, they will be in-person events.  If safety is still a concern, they will be virtual events.  Camps will be run on a “first come, first served” basis.

If you interested in learning more, please email Mel Jurist, Camp Director, at mjurist@udel.edu.

Hope to “see” you this summer!

In the summer, we have week-long engineering camps—one for rising 3rd-5th graders, one for rising 6th-8th graders, and one for rising 9th and 10th graders. Campers explore core engineering concepts such as friction, characterization, polymerization, bonding, energy, and the physics of waves. Each branch of engineering at the College is represented through connections to the core material, and campers learn from and engage in hands-on activities with UD engineering graduate students, post-docs, and faculty.

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APPLICATION PROCESS

All applicants to Summer Camp use the same online form, found on this page when the application period begins.

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Prepare Materials

Collect the following information:
contact information for your teacher reference
– your health insurance information
– a brief essay by the camper about something they like in Math and/or Science.

Submit application

All applicants use the same online form, found on this page, when the application period begins. Applications must be completed by Friday, February 21st.

Wait for our notification

Qualified applicants will be placed in a lottery. Acceptance will be announced in late March.

The application period for the summer of 2020 is now closed.

Please join our mailing list to be notified of the opening of the camp application period for next summer, in January 2021.

APPLICATION PROCESS

All applicants to Summer Camp use the same online form, found on this page when the application period begins.

Prepare Materials

Collect the following information:
contact information for your teacher reference
– your health insurance information
– a brief essay by the camper about something they like in Math and/or Science.

Submit application

All applicants use the same online form, found on this page, when the application period begins. Applications must be completed by February 21st.

Wait for our notification

Qualified applicants will be placed in a lottery. Acceptance will be announced in late March.

The application period for the summer of 2020 is now closed.

Please join our mailing list to be notified of the opening of the camp application period for next summer, in January 2021.

Camp Activities Include:

While each year is different, last year we:

  • used an Arduino to build a heart monitor
  • explored aerosolization in medicine delivery (and bathrooms)
  • built a webcam microscope for under $10
  • created a human-powered centrifuge
  • learned about how artificial muscles can assist people living with mobility-related disabilities
  • designed and built analog weigh balances and thermometers

Camps for three age groups offered in Summer 2020

Younger Engineers Camp (3rd to 5th Grade)

Who: Rising 3rd to 5th graders (8–10 year olds) with an interest in science, math, & engineering.

Camp Description: Developmentally-appropriate and appealing programming fosters and develops interests in science, math, technology and engineering. Our Camp features low camper/adult ratios and direct exposure to engineering faculty and students, as well as the opportunity to work on projects with like-minded peers. Exciting hands-on activities designed (NEW EACH YEAR) for young minds make our camp an exciting opportunity for future engineers.

Application and teacher reference required.

Need-based scholarships are available on a first-come, first-served basis. Camp application requires a teacher recommendation and culminates in a lottery of qualified applicants. Acceptance will be announced in late February.

Location: UD’s Newark Campus, Engineering Facilities

Cost: $340

Dates: 8/3/2020 to 8/7/2020

Hours: 8:30 a.m.–4:00 p.m (Monday–Thursday) and 8:30 a.m.–1:30 p.m. (Friday). We invite parents/caregivers to join us at 1:30 p.m. for a brief presentation and to see what the campers have been working on all week, after which campers can depart with their parents/caregivers.
No before or after care is available.

How to Apply: Complete the application form on our website (https://sites.udel.edu/k12engineering), with contact information of one teacher (for a reference). Application deadline is 2/21/20. Qualified applicants will be entered into a lottery for available spots. Students and parents/guardians will be notified about lottery results in late February.

Young Engineers Camp (6th to 8th Grade)

Who: Rising 6th through 8th graders (11–14 year olds) with an interest in science, math, & engineering

Camp Description: Exciting hands-on activities designed (NEW EACH YEAR) for young minds make our camp an exciting opportunity for future engineers. Our Camp features low camper/adult ratios and novel content. Campers have direct exposure to engineering faculty and students, as well as the opportunity to work on projects with like-minded peers. Developmentally-appropriate and appealing programming fosters and develops interests in science, technology, math, and engineering.

Application and teacher reference required.

Need-based scholarships are available on a first-come, first-served basis. Camp application requires a teacher recommendation and culminates in a lottery of qualified applicants. Acceptance will be announced in late February.

Location: UD’s Newark Campus, Engineering Facilities

Cost: $340

Dates: 7/6/2020 to 7/10/2020

Hours: 8:30 a.m.–4:00 p.m (Monday–Thursday) and 8:30 a.m.–1:30 p.m. (Friday). We invite parents/caregivers to join us at 1:30 p.m. for a brief presentation and to see what the campers have been working on all week, after which campers can depart with their parents/caregivers. No before or after care is available.

How to Apply: Complete the application form on our website (https://sites.udel.edu/k12engineering), with contact information of one teacher (for a reference). Application deadline is 2/21/20. Qualified applicants will be entered into a lottery for available spots. Students and parents/guardians will be notified about lottery results in late February.

Exploring Engineering: Introduction to Research & Lab Basics (9th to 10th Grade)

Who: Rising 9th through 10th graders (approximately 15–16 year olds) with interest in science, math, & engineering

Camp Description: Introduces campers to concepts key to research being done in Engineering. Graduate students and faculty introduce concepts using the materials and machines that are in common use in the University’s labs. Builds, experiments and lectures dominate the content of this STEM-based camp for those interested in the field.

Application and teacher reference required.

Need-based scholarships are available on a first-come, first-served basis. Camp application requires a teacher recommendation and culminates in a lottery of qualified applicants. Acceptance will be announced in late February.

Location: UD’s Newark Campus, Engineering Facilities

Cost: $375

Dates: 7/20/2020 to 7/24/2020

Hours: 8:30 a.m.–4:00 p.m (Monday–Thursday) and 8:30 a.m.–1:30 p.m. (Friday).

No before or after care is available.

How to Apply: Complete the application form on our website (https://sites.udel.edu/k12engineering), with contact information of one teacher (for a reference). Application deadline is 2/21/20. Qualified applicants will be entered into a lottery for available spots. Students and parents/guardians will be notified about lottery results in late February.

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