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Outreach and Events
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.
Would you like us to perform an activity for your class or group?  Fill-out this form to make a request.

Upcoming Outreach Events

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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

We are busy planning our camps for this Spring.  

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

High School Summer Camps

Overnight Camp registration is open!

Register NOW!

Day Camp registration will open April 1st.

Project Discovery is a week long, intensive learning camp for high school students (entering grades 9-12 in fall 2020). 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. 

June 21–26

July 12–17

  • Aerospace Engineering
  • Biomedical Engineering
  • Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering
  • Civil & Architectural Engineering: Building a Sustainable Future
  • Computer Science: Machine Learning & Artificial Intelligence
  • Electrical & Computer Engineering: Building Analog and Digital Circuits
  • Mechanical Engineering: The World of Entrepreneurial Engineering
  • Aerospace Engineering
  • Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering
  • Civil & Architectural Engineering: Engineering for a Healthy Planet
  • Computer Science: Machine Learning & Artificial Intelligence
  • Electrical & Computer Engineering: Building Analog and Digital Circuits
  • Mechanical Engineering: The World of Entrepreneurial Engineering

Overnight Camp - Sunday-Friday
Includes meals, housing, and lab supplies

  • Register by March 31 - $895
  • After March 31 - $995

Day Camp - Monday-Friday 9am-5pm
Includes lunch and lab supplies

  • Registration opens April 1 - $395

Fees must be paid at the time of registration.

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. Applications submitted by March 1, 2020 will be given priority.  Applicants will be notified of a decision no later than March 15.  After March 1, applications will still be accepted and considered on a case-by-case basis, depending on available funds.  Apply now.
Track Descriptions

Aerospace Engineering
The week starts with an introduction to Aerospace Engineering, ranging from how airplanes fly to rockets and satellites in Space. 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. Moreover, we include a tour of our young Cube Satellite program which aims to be the first Satellite launched from the state of Kansas.

Civil & Architectural Engineering – Two Options
Building a Sustainable Future -  June 21-26
Participants will engage in hands-on engineering methods for creating livable and sustainable spaces and systems for modern communities.  We will explore how engineers design systems to provide quality water to communities and discharge clean water and air to the environment.  We will see the means for designing very low energy buildings, more efficient transportation systems, and future structures better able to withstand floods, hurricanes, and other extreme events. 

Engineering for a Healthy Planet - July 14-17
Participants will engage in hands-on engineering methods for maintaining healthy air, water and soil.  We will see how engineers design systems to provide quality water to communities and discharge clean water and air to the environment.  We will explore the means for providing protection for communities against floods and other natural disasters, and we will discuss modern transportation systems, sustainable building materials and designs, and creating livable communities.

Biomedical Engineering 
The Biomedical Engineering course track will explore topics in engineering related to the human body. Each day will have some instruction on related topics and hands-on experimental components including dissections, design, and fabrication. Different labs will be toured so that students can see the variety of research going on at KU in this exciting area.

Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering
The Chemical Engineering course exposes students to a breadth of opportunities available to people who work in this exciting, science-based field of engineering.   Chemical engineers create many of the things people use every day, including pharmaceuticals, biomedical devices, foods, plastics, fuels, microelectronics and many more.  To make these things, chemical engineers must be able to acquire the raw materials and carefully control chemical reactions of many kinds to convert them into the finished products in the desired composition, forms and performance. They must be able to do this safely and cost-effectively while protecting the environment.

This course teaches students the key concepts used by chemical engineers in a wide range of industries by performing a variety of hands-on experiments that illustrate these principles.  Experiments in pharmaceuticals, materials science, regenerative medicine, biotechnology and more will be performed. Students who love using chemistry and biology to make things will use all of their senses to explore opportunities in this field.

Computer Science: Machine Learning & Artificial Intelligence
Machine learning is the branch of artificial intelligence that will give us self-driving cars someday. It already is what Alexa and Siri use to understand our speech. In this camp, you will learn how to create software that utilizes machine learning tools to solve real world problems. Student will do coding on the state-of-the-art computers located in KU’s Min Kao Engineering Design Studios.

Electrical & Computer Engineering: Building Analog and Digital Circuits
The Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE) summer camp is a week-long, project based, camp where the students will learn the important fundamentals of ECE and how to construct both analog and digital practical electronic circuits. Examples of circuits under consideration will include digital circuits that comprise the building blocks or computers, automation systems, and robotics. Students will also practice in the lab the design and building of audio equalizers and amplifiers and body thermometers. Students will be learning fundamentals of radio communication systems that enable WiFi, smart phones, and TV broadcasting. In addition, students will also be exposed to ECE Computer-Aided-Design (CAD) and programming tools used in industry. This course will help the students get a wider view on different aspects and applications within ECE, and will enable them determine if ECE match their interests. Finally, no prior electrical and computer engineering knowledge is required for participants.

Mechanical Engineering:The World of Entrepreneurial Engineering
Learn how to think creatively, come up with solutions to problems, and implement those solutions in to solve problems that really matter!  This course is to introduce students 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 research and teaching laboratories.

Still have questions? Visit our Frequently Asked Questions page.

Questions?  Contact us at explore_engr@ku.edu

Summer Camps

Summer Camps

High School Design Competition

High School Design Competition

Engineering Expo

Engineering Expo





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