Events, camps and programs
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.
The School of Engineering offers opportunities for prospective students to tour our facilities, meet with departmental representatives, and talk with current engineering students. Information about scheduling personalized visits can be found here.
Senior Days are one-day events in the fall sponsored by the KU Office of Admissions and Scholarships 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 www.admissions.ku.edu.
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 fall 2014 Open House will be made available in August.
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 for the spring event will be available soon.
To learn more, contact Florence Boldridge, Director of Minority and Women's Programs for the School of Engineering, or (785) 864-3620.
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 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, www.kuesc.engr.ku.edu to learn more, or to register for one of the contests.
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 is now under way.
To learn more, contact Florence Boldridge, director of Diversity & Women’s Programs for the School of Engineering, 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 2012 High School Design Competition, which offered students the opportunities to take part in two competitions: Rock, Hop, Jayhawk 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, one in June and the second in July. Campers choose from different engineering disciplines and work closely with KU faculty and graduate students as they complete a hands-on project. The camp lets students explore the different engineering disciplines and campers also get an up-close view of KU and engineering facilities. Students get to see how engineering and computer science play an essential role in improving the human condition.
This outstanding engineering summer camp costs $650 and covers housing, meals and laboratory materials. The 2014 high school level Summer Engineering Camp is full as of April 1, 2014. Campers may still fill out the registration form to be added to the waitlist, but please do not make any payment until you have been notified by phone and/or email that a space has become available to your camper. Details will be posted soon on how to add your name to the camp wait list. You can download the brochure or contact our recruiting staff, (785) 864-3622, to learn more about the KU Summer Engineering Camp experience.
Middle School Day Camp
During the summer, students entering seventh and eighth grade in and around the Kansas City Metro area can take part in a program with hands-on engineering activities designed to make them think creatively. Campers are able to visit KU's world-class engineering research facilities to see latest and the coolest. The weeklong day camp is a huge hit with students and is held in June in the Overland Park, Kan., and Olathe, Kan., area. Because this is a day camp, families must pick up and drop off their camper at the beginning and ending of each day. As of March 18, 2014, registration is full, but you can add your name to the camp wait list. For more information contact our recruiting staff, or call (785) 864-3622.
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.
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.