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.

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.

Senior Day

Senior Days are one-day events in the fall sponsored by the KU Office of Admissions that focus on academic programs and majors. Students attending the Senior Day learn about admission requirements for KU degree programs, including those in the School of Engineering, scholarship opportunities, the KU campus and housing options.

Senior Days cost $15. Students can sign up at the KU Admissions website.

Engineering Open House

Engineering 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 about the next Open House will be available in the fall. For more information, contact Michael Chavez.

Exponent

The Exponent is an exclusive exploration of engineering and computing for African-American, Hispanic and Native-American high school juniors and seniors. Students will learn about the different fields of study at the University of Kansas School of Engineering and the great career potential in engineering and computing. Participants will try their hands at some cool projects, meet KU engineering and computer science students and talk with professors driving advances in technology.

The event is $25, however all applicants must have 3.0 GPA and recommendations from their high school counselor or teachers.

Exponent has been cancelled for 2015.

To learn more, contact Florence Boldridge, Director of Minority and Women's Programs for the School of Engineering, or call 785-864-3620.

SWE Weekend of Engineering

The KU Society of Women Engineers Weekend of Engineering is an opportunity for high school women to experience the University of Kansas campus in a way that most prospective students don't. The weekend program is packed with engineering activities and information sessions as well as fun college events such as a KU football or women's basketball game. The SWE Weekend of Engineering is geared toward juniors and seniors and takes place in both the fall and spring semester.

Cost is $95. Registration information to be announced.

To learn more, contact Florence Boldridge, Director of Minority and Women's Programs for the School of Engineering, or 785-864-3620.

Engineering Expo

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. Held in conjunction with National Engineers Week, Expo takes place on the last Thursday, Friday and Saturday in February at KU's Engineering Complex.

There are cool, hands-on displays and engineering contests for visitors. Usually between 1,000 and 2,000 visitors — mostly students in fifth through 12th grade — from throughout the state and the Kansas City metropolitan area attend. All ages are welcome.

This event is free.

Visit the Engineering Student Council website to learn more, or to register for one of the great contests.

Eureka Weekend

Eureka Weekend is a day of discovery for boys and girls in fifth, sixth and seventh grades. Coordinated by the KU chapter of the Society of Women Engineers, this April event gives students a hands-on opportunity to discover the coolness of engineering and computer science. Participants will leave with a T-shirt and great project ideas to try at home. Online registration will be available soon.

To learn more, contact Florence Boldridge, director of Diversity & Women’s Programs for the School of Engineering, or 785-864-3620.

High School Design Competition

The annual High School Design Competition is a KU School of Engineering sponsored competition late in the fall semester that tests high school students' creativity, teamwork skills, as well as their technical knowledge and ability.  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.

There is no fee, however teams must register in advance. To ensure a more level playing field the challenge is announced after the start of the fall semester.

For more information, contact the Dean's Office staff, or 785-864-3881.

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.

Summer Engineering Camp - Project Discovery

Summer Engineering Camp - Project Discovery is a weeklong, intensive learning camp for high school students entering the ninth through 12th grades. Two sessions are offered with the first July 12-17 and the second July 19-24. 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 campus, students will get an up-close view of KU and the School of Engineering classrooms and labs.

  • Dates: July 12-17, 2015 or July 19-24, 2015 (two different sessions)
  • Location: KU School of Engineering in Lawrence, Kansas
  • Type: Overnight camp
  • Cost: $650.00 *includes meals, housing and lab supplies (scholarships are available)
  • For: Students entering 9th-12th grades in Fall 2015
  • Engineering & Computing Disciplines offered:
    • Aerospace Engineering
    • Electrical Engineering
    • Computer Science
    • Architectural & Civil Engineering
    • Mechanical Engineering
    • Chemical & Petroleum Engineering
  • Registration is full for both sessions. Check back here in January for details regarding Summer 2016!

You can download this year's brochure (pdf) or contact April Czarnetzki, 785-864-3622, to learn more about the KU Summer Engineering Camp experience.

Middle School Day Camp

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 fieldtrip 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.

  • Dates: June 1-5, 2015
  • Location: Blue Valley Center for Advanced Professional Studies in Overland Park, Kansas
  • Type: Day camp (8:00 AM to 3:30 PM)
  • Cost: $275.00 *Includes lunch and lab supplies
  • For: Students entering 7th & 8th grade in Fall 2015
  • Registration is full. Check back here in January for details regarding Summer 2016!

You can download this year's brochure (pdf) or contact April Czarnetzki, 785-864-3622, to learn more.

High School Design Competition

Don't forget our annual High School Design Competition. This KU School of Engineering sponsored competition in the fall semester lets your high school students explore their creativity and build teamwork skills, as well as their technical knowledge and ability. Each year features a new engineering design challenge 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 fun and thrilling head-to-head competition to see whose device performs best. We also host an exciting Lego Mindstorm competition for students and classes focused on computing and robotics. 

There is no fee, however teams must register in advance. To ensure a more level playing field the challenge is announced shortly after the start of the fall semester.

For more information, contact the Dean's Office staff, or 785-864-3881.

Engineering Expo

The variety of design contests at our annual Engineering Expo give students at all grade levels a fun opportunity to explore a number of science and engineering principles and use their creativity to learn how the world works (or doesn't work). Part of the exploration is seeing how other students from around the state and region approach the same problem and arrive at a completely different solution.

Held in conjunction with National Engineers Week, Expo takes place on the last Friday and Saturday in February at KU's Engineering Complex. The event is free and KU engineering and computing students develop dozens of exciting hands-on displays and activities for all visitors to learn more about engineering and computing. Visit the Engineering Student Council website to learn more, or to register for one of the great contests.

Graduate Student Open House

Whether you're just considering grad school or trying to decide which university is right for you, our Research and Graduate Student Open House in the fall and spring will help you learn more about your options and the great environment the School of Engineering and the University of Kansas provide. Attending the Research and Graduate Programs Open House allows prospective graduate students to meet faculty, staff and students from a number of our highly regarded programs and learn about our current research initiatives. Students also have the chance to learn about the application process and funding resources. Current graduate students will also be available to share their perspectives and speak with potential students about the many benefits of earning a graduate degree in engineering or computing from KU.

Graduate Student Visitation Day

Get to know more about degree programs, research opportunities, labs and more at the prospective graduate student visitation day in March.  Students who've applied and been admitted to the school will be able to learn more about funding opportunities and how they can be part of research efforts that are changing what people know of the world. The faculty and staff of the KU School of Engineering will be on hand to answer questions and show why KU is a great choice to further your pursuits.


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