Summer Camps


 

We're excited to announce that Engineering Summer Camps will be back for summer 2022!

The School of Engineering is excited to announce that KU Engineering Summer Camp, KU's high school overnight camp for prospective engineering students, will be hosted on-campus this upcoming 2022 summer.

Description

Registration for KU Engineering Summer Camps is open. Register now! Spots and scholarships are limited. 

Location: KU School of Engineering - Lawrence, KS

Type: Overnight camp

Session 1: July 10-15, 2022

Session 2: July 17-22, 2022

The cost to attend one session of camp is $750.00. That cost will cover housing, dining, camp supplies, and extracurricular activity costs. 

KU Engineering Camps is a week-long, intensive learning camp for high school students interested in the field. Campers will have the opportunity to choose from different engineering disciplines and work closely with KU faculty and graduate students as they complete a hands-on project. During the camp, students will receive an up-close experience of KU’s campus including the School of Engineering’s classrooms and labs.

See course descriptions below. 

Courses

This session, taught by renowned Professor Ray Taghavi, will introduce aerospace engineering concepts and their applications, ranging from the forces and moments acting on an airplane in flight; to the principles of operation of piston, jet, and rocket engines; and supersonic flight.  Classes will be interactive, featuring wind tunnel testing, water tunnel testing, running a jet engine simulator, flying an aircraft simulator, and visiting the Aerospace Engineering Department’s flight test facilities at the airport, and observing operational drones, aircraft, and other devices.

Bioengineering is an exciting, and rapidly growing field.  This faculty-led camp will explore both the ‘soft’ and ‘hard’ sides of bioengineering, ranging from tissue engineering to medical device design.  Students will be introduced to biomaterials, piezoelectrics, implantable devices, and a host of other biomedical applications through hands-on work and engagement.

Chemical and Petroleum Engineering is critical to solving the challenges facing our world including energy sustainability, reducing carbon emissions, sustainable use of resources, recycling plastics, and the role of Artificial Intelligence and data science in the chemical and energy industry.  Students in this session will participate in hands-on laboratory activities with expert professors to learn engineering concepts and applications on the cutting edge of the chemical and petroleum engineering industry.  Students will also be exposed to pilot scale processes including a production plant for converting used cooking oil into biofuel and a 30-foot distillation tower.

Civil engineering is the oldest form of engineering, dating back thousands of years. This camp will give participants hands-on experience in the major aspects of civil engineering-structures, materials, environmental engineering, geotechnical engineering and traffic design.

Machine learning is the branch of artificial intelligence that will give us self-driving cars someday. It is already 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. Students will have the opportunity to code on the state-of-the-art computers located in KU’s Min Kao Engineering Design Studios.

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, signal and systems, and wireless communication. They will learn how to transmit data over the air using Software-Defined Radios (SDR), which use software to perform signal-processing tasks that were traditionally performed by hardware.  SDR technology enables the seamless transmission and reception of data and is extensively being used by academia and industry to develop new algorithms across a wide range of applications such as wireless technologies (e.g., 5G/6G), radio astronomy, satellite communications, and radar.  In this camp, students will be learning fundamentals of radio communication systems. In addition, students will be exposed to Python programming tools to implement building blocks of modern communication systems in software.  This course will provide a novel and interdisciplinary perspective by applying Computer Science and programming skills to different aspects within ECE. No prior ECE and programming knowledge is required for participants.

The camp provides students with hands-on lab experience in and tours of several state-of-the-art labs hosted in the University of Kansas Mechanical Engineering Department, particularly including labs focusing on Energy, Materials, and Control. Over the course of the week, students will develop a basic understanding and the ability to gain research experience in energy literacy within a cooperative-learning environment. The camp covers several topics, including but not limited to energy generation, storage and conversion, and energy policy.

Frequently Asked Questions

We have so many families sending their camper out of state to attend camp! We're excited to be reaching prospective Jayhawks from not just all over the country but globally as well. KU Engineering Summer Camp will not provide any travel accommodations and it is the responsibility of the participant's family to plan their travel to the University of Kansas. While we do not provide travel accommodations, the University of Kansas recommends the following services: 

If your camper is unable to check in at the scheduled arrival time (Sunday between 2:30 and 4:00 PM central), please email engrsummercamp@ku.edu to make additional arrangements. 

Please Note: KU Engineering summer Camps is unable to provide housing for campers outside of scheduled camp days. If your camper plans to arrive before the camp week starts or stay later than the camp week, please arrange for housing arrangements elsewhere.

Camp is a five nights and six days, please pack accordingly. There is very little time spent in the residence halls, so there is no need to bring more than what is listed in the following pages unless it is deemed personally necessary. 

Residence Hall

  • Pillow
  • Blanket 
  • Towel/wash cloth
  • Toiletries (toothbrush, shampoo, sunscreen, etc)
  • Pajamas
  • Phone/charger

Clothing

  • Lab clothing (all are required for lab participation)
    • Closed-toe shoes
    • Long pants
    • Clothes you don't mind getting dirty
  • Evening
    • Athletic/comfortable clothing
    • Comfortable shoes for walking
    • light jacket

Activities

  • Umbrella
  • Calculator
  • Backpack
  • Pencils/pens
  • Notebook
  • Money (optional)
  • Medications (as necessary)

Other Considerations:

  • Campers will be given a t-shirt and water bottle 
  • Linens (sheets/pillowcases) are provided; additional bedding is optional
  • Weather varies! Pack for drastic weather changes in mind along with checking the forecast before arrival
  • Campers may want to bring cash or credit card for vending machines or bookstore purchases
  • Participants are prohibited from packing televisions, game consoles, exercise equipment, mini-fridges, trunks, etc.

If you did not indicate special accommodation requests at the time of registering your camper, please email engrsummercamp@ku.edu with your requests. This can include, but is not limited to:

  • Medical needs 
  • Dietary assistance (for food allergies, medical, religious purposes, etc)
  • Gender inclusive housing 
  • Late arrival/early departure

Session 1

You may drop your camper off or they may check-in themselves anytime between 2:30-4 PM on Sunday, July 10. Opening reception will begin at 4:30 PM. You will receive parking and check-in location details in June via email.

Camp concludes with a family ceremony on Friday, July 15 1:30-2:30 PM. At that time, campers will have the opportunity to showcase to their families the projects they worked on throughout the week. Campers will check out with a staff member following closing ceremony at 2:30 PM. 

Session 2

You may drop your camper off or they may check-in themselves anytime between 2:30-4 PM on Sunday, July 17. Opening reception will begin at 4:30 PM. You will receive parking and check-in location details in June via email.

Camp concludes with a family ceremony on Friday, July 22 1:30-2:30 PM. At that time, campers will have the opportunity to showcase to their families the projects they worked on throughout the week. Campers will check out with a staff member following closing ceremony at 2:30 PM.

COVID-19 Guidelines

Please note that the School of Engineering fully expects both camps to be hosted in-person. While camp is in session we will follow the safety guidelines that the university enforces. Please refer to the link listed below for updates about KU's safety guidelines.

REFUND POLICY

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.

Should a camper be exposed or test positive for COVID-19 before their camp session, we will follow the current KU and CDC guidelines. (These are subject to change so please stay updated at Safety Guidelines | Protect KU)

If a camper who is attending the first session (July 10-15) is exposed to the virus or tests positive and can appropriately quarantine, showing no symptoms with proof of a negative test, the camper will be given the opportunity to attend the second session (July 17-22) if there are any open spots available.

Scholarships

Need-based scholarships may be available for campers who are on free or reduced lunch plans. If you're interested in applying, please fill out the scholarship interest form

Please note that proof of financial need must be provided to receive need-based scholarship.

*Scholarship applications submitted after June 17,2022 will not be considered