Events & Camps

Summer Engineering Camp - Project Discovery is a great experience for high school students who want to know if engineering or computing is the right future for them.

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.

Sparkology Mini-Camps for grade and middle schoolers

Sparkology mini-camps are offered by {Spark} in partnership with various other School of Engineering student organizations.  They take place on select Saturdays from 10am - 12pm or 2pm - 4pm at:  

KU School of Engineering
1536 W. 15th St, 1135 Learned Hall
Lawrence, KS 66045

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Grades 1-3 
Oct. 6, 2018      Whatever Floats Your Boat with the KU Concrete Canoe Team
Nov. 3, 2018     Slime Bouncy Balls with KU Society of Women Engineers

Grades 4-5
Oct. 20, 2018     Launch your own Air Rocket with American Institute of Aeronautics & Astronautics
Nov. 10, 2018    Speaker Cups with Jayhawk Motorsports Baja Racing Team
Nov. 17, 2018    Designing and building small solar cars with ASHRAE

Grades 6-8
Sept. 22, 2018   Renewable Energy Workshop with KU Solar Car
Oct. 6, 2018       Lego Programming Seminar 1: Intro to programming with KU Robotics
Oct. 20, 2018     Lego Robotics Design Seminar with KU Robotics
Oct. 27, 2018     Code Camp with hub()

GirlCode Raspberry Pi Workshops with Women in Computing       

Grades 6-8
Sept. 8, 2018, 1-4pm  Push Button Reflex Game
Oct. 6, 2018, 1-4pm   Stop Motion Animation  Sign-up NOW
Dec. 1, 2018, 1-4pm  Ultrasonic Theremin with Raspberry Pis   


KU {Spark} is a student organization dedicated to inspiring, educating, and exposing K-12 students to the wonders of technology.

High School Summer Camps

Session 1: July 8-13, 2018

Session 2: July 15-20, 2018

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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.

Includes meals, housing and lab supplies - fees must be paid in full at time of registration.
  • $750.00 (Kansas residents)
  • $995.00 (out-of-state US residents)
Scholarship Information
A limited number of partial scholarships will be awarded to in-state applicants based on demonstrated financial need/economic hardship, academic criteria and a review of the requested student essay.
A complete scholarship application will include the following:  
  • 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.

Middle School Summer Camps

KU Engineering's Explore @ Blue Valley CAPS
June 25 - 29, 2018, 9am - 3pm

  • Location: Blue Valley Center for Advanced Professional Studies (CAPS) in Overland Park, KS
  • For: Students entering grades 7 & 8 in Fall 2018
  • Cost: $275.00

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.   

Space is limited so sign-up early!

Questions? Contact:


KU Center for STEM Learning Summer Camps
  • Located on the KU Edwards or Lawrence Campuses
  • For students entering grades 6-9 in Fall 2018​
  • Campers who would like to stay all day for both camps may bring their lunches and eat in a supervised area between 12:00pm and 12:30pm.​

Get more information and Sign-up!

KU Edwards Campus, Overland Park
  8:00am – 12:00pm 12:30pm – 4:30pm
 June 4 – 8
Design Storm
Robotics camp
Outside the Box
Problem solving camp
 June 11 – 15 Science of Spycraft
Spy camp
It's Elementary
Chemistry camp
 June 18 – 22 Proteins by Design
Biotech camp
The Labyrinth
Math camp
 June 25 – 29 girls.code
Girls' computer science camp
Get Your Game On
Math camp
KU Lawrence Campus
  8:00am – 12:00pm 12:30pm – 4:30pm
 June 18 – 22 Go Green for Kansas!
Environmental science camp
Imagine... Design… MAKE!
Maker camp
 July 23 – 27 Explore @ Lawrence: The Big Five
Engineering camp
May the Force Be With You
Physics camp
  She’s an Engineer
Girls engineering camp

Engineering Expo - February 24 & 25, 2019
Engineering Expo is a free multi-day, student-run event that lets visitors explore the fascinating fields of engineering and demonstrate the amazing projects KU engineering students have completed. Engineering Expo will take place on February 24 & 25, 2019 at KU's Engineering Complex.  Additionally, we will be hosting an Engineering & Science Fair on Sunday, February 24, 2019.

Get additional information about Engineering Expo.

High School Design Competition - Oct. 24, 2018
The High School Design Competition is a free event that takes place annually in the fall, putting high school students' creativity, teamwork skills, as well as their technical knowledge and abilities to the test. Each year features a new engineering design challenge as dreamed up by students in the Self Engineering Leadership Fellows Program. Working in small teams at their hometowns, high school students design, build and test a project that addresses the design criteria. On the day of the competition teams arrive at KU prepared for a head-to-head competition to see whose device performs best.

Get more information.

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.

Recruitment Events

Personalized Visit

The School of Engineering offers opportunities for prospective students to tour our facilities, meet with departmental representatives, and talk with current engineering students.

Schedule a personalized visit.

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.


Engineering Research Highlights

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