Summer Camps

Engineering summer camps in Utah at the University of Utah College of Engineering

Hi-GEAR for Girls Engineering Camp

Hi-GEAR (Girls Engineering Abilities Realized) Camp

June 12-16, 2017
9:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. daily
Audience: Female students currently in 9th-12th grade

Registration Deadlines

Priority Deadline: April 14, 2017 *Applications that were received by the priority deadline will be mailed notifications on Tuesday, April 25th.
Application Deadline: May 5, 2017
Applications received after May 5 will only be considered if space is available.

What is Hi-GEAR?

High School Girls’ Engineering Abilities Realized

The University of Utah, College of Engineering is pleased to offer our Annual Hi – GEAR Program, a special week-long event for female high school students. Hi-GEAR will be held June 12-16, 2017 from 9:00 am until 4:30 pm each day.

Hi-GEAR is designed to expose young women to a variety of engineering and computer science careers with hands-on experiential learning and collaborative team projects. Some past activities include: building trebuchets for launching water balloons, making perfume using distillation, programming and racing robots, extracting DNA, and touring University research labs. Participants interact with Hi-GEAR mentors (female college engineering students, female faculty and staff) who guide them though this program. Participants will also have the opportunity to earn scholarships to study engineering as a college student at the University of Utah!.

Day and residential camper spots available – Day campers: come to campus each morning by 9 a.m. Residential campers: live on campus in a residence hall for the duration of the camp.

Who can Participate

Registration is now closed. Received applications are now being reviewed.

Exploring Engineering Summer Camp

Exploring Engineering Camp

June 20-22, 2017
9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. (ends at 3:00 p.m. on the 22nd)
Audience: 9th-12th grade, girls and boys aged 15-18
**40 participant maximum**

Explore engineering in this three-day summer camp experience on the University of Utah Campus. Participate in technologies and activities that encourage the use of problem-solving skills. The camp will introduce you to chemical, electrical, civil, environmental, computer, mechanical, materials, and biomedical engineering through hands on learning! Join us, along with other high school students, researchers and college students from the University of Utah, College of Engineering.

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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

Registration for 2017 TBA

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.

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Exploring Engineering Summer Camp

Summer Transportation Institute Camp

July 10-14, 2017
8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. daily
Audience: 9th grade high school students

Explore engineering in this week-long event dedicated to introducing 2016-17 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.

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