Events & Camps
Each year, the KU School of Engineering hosts several events, camps and programs that let students of all ages and their teachers explore the possibilities of engineering.
Whether you're trying to find out if engineering is a good career choice for you, or if you want to get a taste for life at KU, there's a KU School of Engineering event or camp for you.
February 24, 2018 Gumdrop Bridges with Theta Tau
April 7, 2018 Parachute Egg Drop with American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics
April 28, 2018 How Spaghetti Ruled the World with Engineers without Borders
February 10, 2018 Drilling for Liquid Gold with Society of Petroleum Engineers
March 31, 2018 Water Works with Engineers without Borders
April 21, 2018 Popsicle Stick Catapult with Theta Tau
March 10, 2018 Homemade Bouncy Balls with Society of Women Engineers
April 14, 2018 4M Tin Can Robot with Engineering Student Council
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Session 1: July 8-13, 2018
Session 2: July 15-20, 2018
Project Discovery, is a week long, residential, intensive learning camp for high school students (grades 9-12 in fall 2018). Campers choose from different engineering disciplines and work closely with KU faculty and graduate students as they complete a hands-on project. Held on KU’s Lawrence campus, students will get an up-close view of KU and the School of Engineering classrooms and labs.
Camp Experience: Each morning campers will learn about a field of engineering through lectures and laboratory tours. After lunch, campers will make their way back to the engineering complex to design, test and build various hands-on projects. Evenings at camp are filled with activities, competitions, and chances to unwind. Get more information.
- $750.00 (Kansas residents)
- $995.00 (out-of-state US residents)
- Online application
- A letter from a high school counselor or teacher stating that the student is participating in the free or reduced price lunch program at the high school of attendance OR a brief statement from the parent/guardian explaining the basis of the financial need.
- A high school transcript reflecting a cumulative GPA of 3.00 or higher.
- A one page written essay from the student explaining why they are interested in attending the camp and how the experience would be of benefit to them.
Offered by the KU Center for STEM Learning
The Big Five - 8:00am - 12:00pm
What do engineers do? It depends on what kind of engineering you choose! Explore Aerospace, Chemical and Petroleum, Civil and Architectural, Electrical and Computer Science, and Mechanical engineering in this week long camp. Engage in problem solving activities related to each of these five engineering disciplines, and tour University of Kansas School of Engineering lab and research facilities where real engineering research happens!
She’s an Engineer - 8:00am - 12:00pm
Improving people’s lives! Making the world a better, cleaner, safer place! Engineers solve problems at large and small businesses, do research at universities and start-ups, and make a difference through non-profit organizations or influencing government policy (engineergirl.org, 2018). Come learn about the variety of ways engineers can shape the future! From problem solving activities related to the different engineering disciplines to tours of the KU Engineering facilities, explore how engineering could be part of the challenge of your lifetime.
May the Force Be With You (physics camp) - 12:30pm - 4:30pm
What did the Nuclear Physicist have for lunch? Fission Chips. Come radiate your enthusiasm when we put the heat on, sound off about magnetism, and light up investigations about atoms. You will be forced to play with electricity and magnetism, and all sorts of matter. Join in some serious and some silly investigations in physics, and learn about how physics is everywhere in everything we do.
- Location: KU School of Engineering in Lawrence, Kansas
- Cost: $250.00/camp
- For: Students entering 6th through 9th grades in Fall 2018
- Questions? Contact: Katrina Rothrock, firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Campers who would like to stay all day for both Explore @ Lawrence camps may bring their lunches and eat in a supervised area between 12:00 PM and 12:30 PM.
Cancellation Policy: Explore @ Lawrence camp registrations cancelled 30 or more days prior to the start of the camp will receive a 90% refund of registration. Cancelations 5-29 days prior will receive a 50% refund. No refunds for cancelations less than 5 days before the camp begins. To request a refund, please contact Kristie Parfet, email@example.com, (913) 897-8552.
The KU Center for STEM Learning also offers additional middle school camps on our KU Edwards Campus in Overland Park.
Registration coming soon
Students will learn about engineering through hands-on activities designed to make them think creatively and use problem solving skills. Campers will also experience the KU campus during a field trip to the School of Engineering labs and classrooms. Because this is a day camp, families must pick up and drop off their camper at the beginning and ending of each day. Campers are asked to bring a sack lunch with them each day.
- Time: 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM
- Location: Blue Valley Center for Advanced Professional Studies (CAPS) in Overland Park, Kansas
- For: Students entering grades 7 & 8 in Fall 2018
- Questions? Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
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Here are the highlights from the 2014 High School Design Competition, which offered students the opportunities to take part in two competitions: To the Moon and Back and a Lego Mindstorm competition.
The School of Engineering offers opportunities for prospective students to tour our facilities, meet with departmental representatives, and talk with current engineering students.
Academic Showcase: Engineering Career Night
September 14, 2017 | Black & Veatch World Headquarters
Academic Showcase is an evening with the School of Engineering and Black & Veatch about the rewarding careers and opportunities in engineering.
Engineering Undergraduate Open House
September 30, 2017 | KU School of Engineering
Engineering Undergraduate Open House is an opportunity for prospective students and their families to explore the KU School of Engineering. There will be departmental information sessions that explore our degree programs and career opportunities, tours of the engineering facilities and other events designed to showcase all the exciting things happening on our campus. Information and registration for Open House will be available in mid-late August 2017. For more information, contact Kathryn Silvers.