Hi-GEAR Camp

Registration is now open and will close on May 12th. Applicants will be notified by the third week of May.
June 16-18, 2021
Audience: Students entering 9th-12th grade in Fall 2021
Cost: $120 (Fee Waiver Available)
For more information, contact Megan Deon Bettilyon at megan.bettilyon@utah.edu.

What is Hi-GEAR?

Hi-Gear is a three-day in-person camp for high school students who are interested in engineering and promoting gender equity in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM). Hi-Gear is designed to expose students to a variety of engineering and computer science careers with hands-on experiential learning and collaborative team projects.

This year’s camp will be experienced on campus with live demonstrations, guest speakers, and tours of lab spaces. The camp will introduce you to biomedical, chemical, civil, computer, electrical, materials, and mechanical engineering through hands-on learning. Campers will also explore ways to be an ally for underrepresented members of the Engineering community.

Join us, along with other high school students, researchers, and college students from the University of Utah College of Engineering for a fun filled, educational experience. Campers will be able to learn from university professors, meet current engineering students, tour working lab spaces, and connect with fellow engineering enthusiasts, and actual engineers!

Who can participate?

We are seeking high school students who are passionate about engineering and are committed to advancing gender equity in STEM. Students currently in 8th, 9th, 10th, or 11th grades (e.g. these students will be entering 9th, 10th, 11th, or 12th grade in Fall 2021) are welcome to apply. Applicants should enjoy math and science and be interested in exploring their academic potential, while having fun in the process.

Camp attendance will be capped at 20 participants.

What is the cost of Hi-GEAR?

The cost is $120 for the three-day camp.

In-person participation anticipated, but subject to change based on University COVID-19 safety protocols. The safety of campers, students and staff is our highest priority.

Application Information


  • Applicants will be notified of acceptance, via email, by the second week of May.
  • Admittance will be capped at 20 Application information.
  • Application information is forthcoming.

Exploring Engineering Summer Camp

Exploring Engineering
Audience: 9th-12th grade (girls and boys aged 15-18)
June 28-30, 2021

Join us, along with other kids your age, researchers, and college students currently studying engineering. This camp is a 3-day camp from 10am-3pm. Campers have two options for registering. They can either be completely virtual all 3 days for the cost of $20. However, if they would like to be on-campus on the 3rd day, there’s and additional $20 fee. Please note, all campers will receive instruction on how to build a hover craft weather they are virtual or in-person. If you are virtual on the 3rd day, you will need to purchase your own supplies ($10-$15) for the hover craft build. A list of supplies will be emailed to you after registration.

Campers get to experience hands-on learning, guest speakers, and tours of lab spaces. Come explore engineering with activities that encourage the use of problem-solving skills. The camp will introduce you to engineering disciplines such as biomedical, chemical, civil, computer, electrical, entertainment arts, materials science, mechanical, and computer science.

3-Day Virtual Camp: June 28-30, 2021, 10am-3pm (cost: $20)
Option for 3rd-day In-Person Rather than Virtual: June 30, 2021, 10am-3pm (additional cost: $20 to cover hover craft supplies and lunch, limited to 20 students)

(On the registration page you will either choose the $20 option for all virtual or the $40 option for the first 2 days virtual and the third day in-person.)

For more information contact Morgan Boyack at morgan.boyack@utah.edu.

Final Hover Craft Projects done both virtually and on-campus.

GREAT Summer Camps in Engineering for Kids


Dates: Six one-week camps in June and July
Cost: Varies

The GREAT summer camps are aimed at kids who want to unleash their creativity while learning about computer graphics, robotics, and programming by making games, animations, and robots.

GREAT-Elementary: A week-long camp for entering 4–6th graders who will create animations and games using Scratch, a fun programming environment. No prior experience is necessary. Camp runs from 9 a.m. to noon, M–F; a snack is provided.

GREAT-Middle school: For one week, entering 7–9th graders are immersed in Alice, a 3D programming suite, to create 3D animations and games. Campers will also build, program and compete LEGO® MINDSTORMS® robots in exciting challenges. Camp runs from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., M–F; lunch is provided.

GREAT-Advanced Robotics: A week-long camp for entering 10–12th graders. Campers will build wacky, useful machines that react to the world (and people) using embedded computers, sensors, and motors. Camp runs from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., M–F; lunch is provided.

GREAT-Advanced Programming: In this two-week-long camp, entering 10–12th graders will create and write games in the popular Python programming language — in teams and alone. Advanced Programing is ideal those showing an interest in or aptitude for computers, programming, or math. Camp runs from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., M–F; lunch is provided.

Registration and more information: http://www.cs.utah.edu/~dejohnso/GREAT/index.shtml

Entertainment Arts and Engineering Summer Camp

Intro to Entertainment Arts and Engineering

Multiple Dates in June, July, and August
Audience: girls and boys aged 7-18
Cost: varies by course

What is Entertainment Arts and Engineering?

Learn the secrets behind video games and animation by creating and building characters for games, animation or machinima. Our Entertainment Arts and Engineering Summer Program (EAESP) combines theory with hands-on practical projects, enabling high school students to understand computer graphics at a high level. EAESP introduces 3D modeling, texturing, rigging, animation and rendering concepts via industry-leading software such as Autodesk® Maya® and Adobe® Photoshop®.

This year, EAE is hosting 25 courses throughout the summer.

See course names, descriptions, dates, and fees

Exploring Engineering Summer Camp

Summer Transportation Institute Camp

2021 dates to be determined
Audience: 9th grade high school students

Explore engineering in this week-long event dedicated to introducing 9th grade high school students to the transportation industry. Participants will experience hands on activities while working with the professional researchers and faculty of the University of Utah. Participants will have the opportunity to experience on campus amenities, field trips and explore career opportunities while focusing on science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) fundamentals.

How can I register for the camp?
For more information and Registration: http://www.civil.utah.edu/camp