Frequently Asked Questions


Do you provide transportation to and from the airport?
The closest airport is Kansas City International Airport (MCI).  Unfortunately, we are unable to provide transportation to and from the airport. There are several airport transportation options available.
Is there financial assistance available?
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.  Scholarship applications will be accepted from March 1-15 for priority consideration.  After March 15, applications will still be accepted and considered on a case-by-case basis, depending on available funds. 
How do I apply for financial assistance?
Kansas residents should submit the Scholarship Application by March 15 for priority consideration.  After March 15, applications will still be accepted and considered on a case-by-case basis, depending on available funds.​

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.
Do I have to stay in the dorms?
Yes, this is a residential camp and do not offer a non-residential option at this time.
What's a typical daily schedule?
8:00 - 9:00 AM Breakfast
9:15 - 12:00 PM Course Track
12:15 - 1:15 PM Lunch
1:30 - 5:00 PM Course Track
5:00 - 6:30 PM Dinner
6:30 - 9:00 PM Various Activities
10:00 PM Room check/lights out
When should my parents drop me off and pick me up?
Sunday
3:00-4:00 PM Check-In at dorms
4:00-5:00 PM Opening Reception
5:00 PM Parents Depart

Friday
3:30 - 4:00 PM Parents Arrive
4:00 - 4:30PM Course Track Presentations
4:30 - 5:00 PM Closing Reception
5:00 PM Check-Out of Dorms
What should I bring?
Please note that this camp is five nights and six days; please pack accordingly. As we spend very little time in the residence halls and all meals are provided, there is no need to bring refrigerators, televisions, video gaming consoles, exercise equipment, trunks, etc. Please only bring what you can carry. A camp T-shirt and water bottle will be provided at the start of camp. Please remember that the weather can vary from hot and humid, to cool and rainy. Students may want to bring money in the form of cash or credit for vending machines, food delivery, or the bookstore. Residence Hall: Linens (sheets and pillowcases) will be provided.
  • Pillow Blankets (the air conditioning units in the residence halls are sometimes much colder than expected)
  • Towel/Wash Cloth Toiletries (toothbrush, shampoo, sunscreen, etc.)
  • Alarm Clock Cell Phone/Charger (if applicable)

Clothing:

  • Academic Labs: Closed-toe shoes are required when working in lab spaces, long pants, comfortable work clothes you don’t mind getting dirty (lab work can be messy)
  • Evening Activities: Comfortable clothing, “gym clothes” - to play sports during down time if desired
  • Comfortable shoes (we will be walking quite a bit)
  • Light jacket

Activities:

  • Umbrella
  • Calculator
  • Backpack or bag to carry items to activities
  • Pencils/pens for academic sessions
  • Notebook Money for shopping at campus bookstore (optional)
  • Any necessary medications (allergy, etc.) – remember, these must be acknowledged in our medical forms and our staff cannot provide any medications (including over-the-counter) to campers
I’m from out-of-state and my family is coming with me, where can they stay while I’m at camp?
Lawrence and the surrounding areas offer many options for lodging and activities. Take a look at some of the options.
Will I focus on one area of engineering?
During your week at camp, you will focus on a specific engineering discipline. During registration you will select the particular track you would like to focus on. There will be one day of the camp spent exploring all the engineering disciplines.
Aerospace Engineering
The week starts with an introduction to aerospace engineering and its applications. Then we continue with the subject of how airplanes fly. The forces and moments acting on an airplane in flight namely, lift, drag, weight, thrust, pitching moment, rolling moment, and yawing moment are explained and demonstrated. The control surfaces of aircraft such as, aileron, elevator, rudder, as well as flaps and trim tabs will also be covered. The basics of helicopter flight will follow the purpose of the main and tail rotors, as well as the collective and cyclic pitch controls are explained. These subjects are clarified by the use of in-class video tapes, model airplane demonstrations, wind tunnel testing, etc. Then, the aerospace engines will be covered. In this part, the principle of operation of aircraft piston engines, jet engines, and rocket engines will be covered. Engine models, video tapes, engine animations, and engine simulators are used to support the lectures. Finally the supersonic flight, shock waves and sonic boom are covered. The morning lectures are supplemented by afternoon’s laboratory sessions of wind tunnel testing, water tunnel testing, running the jet engine simulator, flying the aircraft simulator, and finally a visit to our flight test facilities at Lawrence Airport and observing operational drones, airplanes, etc.
Architectural & Civil Engineering
Civil and Architectural Engineering have their roots in the oldest works of humankind and cover a wide variety of engineering challenges, ranging from buildings and bridges to highways, dams, water systems, energy and traffic management, and protecting the environment. In this course we will explore these topics and more as we plan projects, build structures, visit operating engineering structures, and learn how engineers design engineering works that function well for the modern world.
Bioengineering
The Bioengineering course track is experiment based camp, and one where students will perform hands-on experiments. While completing these experiments students will be introduced to medical device design, bio materials and tissue engineering, and biomechanical engineering. No prior knowledge in these topics is required.
Electrical Engineering
The Electrical Engineering (EE) summer camp is a week-long, project based, camp where the students will learn to construct both analog electronic circuits and digital electronic circuits on breadboards provided by the Instructor. Circuits under consideration will include amplifier or filter circuits using music (WAV) files as inputs under the Analog Domain as well as circuits such as binary half/full adder and 3-bit binary counter under the Digital Domain. As both analog circuit design and digital circuit design forms the bedrock of Electrical Engineering, students will be taught on the building blocks for designing these circuits via lectures as well as hands-on project experiences. In addition, students will also be exposed to Computer-Aided-Design (CAD) tools such as PSpice and VHDL design and simulation languages to verify the output from their circuits constructed on breadboards. Finally, no prior electrical engineering knowledge is required from the students.
Chemical Engineering
The Chemical and Petroleum Engineering (C&PE) course track is experiment based camp, and one where students will perform hands-on experiments. While completing these experiments students will be introduced to the fundamentals of chemical and petroleum engineering including reaction engineering, catalysis, thermodynamics, polymer science, and reservoir engineering. No prior knowledge in these topics is required.
Computer Science
The purpose of this course is to introduce the student to the field of Computer Science. Students will work with each other and the instructor to develop and understand the essential concepts of Computer Science through group work and project based learning. The student will learn algorithm development, basic computer organization, syntax and semantics of a high-level programming language, including testing and debugging. The students will use the concepts of structure in data and programs, top-down design, subroutines, and library programs to develop a working computer program.
Mechanical Engineering
The purpose of this course is to introduce the student to the field of mechanical engineering through an exploration of its core areas including mechanics, kinematics, thermodynamics, material science, structural analysis, and electronics. By using principles and methods of design and analysis, students will be engaged through group work and project based learning in both research and teaching laboratories. For example, each afternoon the students will work in small groups using active learning to develop an understanding of: 1) concepts in computer programing, 2) the use of sensors and logic used in controls, 3) the design and development of small scale robots, and 4) strategies used to compete in daily design competitions. The student will be encouraged to think creatively throughout.
What if the track I want is full?
You can sign-up for your second choice and place yourself on the waiting list for your first choice.
What if I sign-up and then can't attend?
Camp registrations canceled in writing 30 or more days prior to the start of camp will receive a 90% refund of registration. Cancellations received 5-29 days prior will receive a 50% refund. No refunds will be given for cancellations less than 5 days before camp begins.

Still have questions? Contact us at: engrsummercamp@ku.edu.


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