IEEE Engineering Summer Camp:  Schedules

(1) Daily Schedule (sample)

7:45-8:45 Breakfast for Residential Students

Day Student drop-off 8-8:45am

8:45-9:00 Morning Meeting IEEE Engineering Summer Camp
9:00-Noon Hands-on engineering projects and activities are always the focus.  Virtually no lecture, instead we do creative projects that explore the 4 major areas of Engineering, electrical, mechanical, civil and aeronautic engineering.

Example:  3D Printing of a multiple custom parts for a race car (and racing it!)

Noon-1:00 Lunch – healthy hot meals in the University Dining Hall with full hot line, vegetarian options, etc.
1:00-4:00 Hands-on engineering projects and activities

Example: Design, Prototype, Build and Launch Custom Rockets and more.

4:00-5:30 Check in with RAs, Outdoor time, sports and/or free time (pool, climbing wall, etc).  Time to bond and explore the University offerings.

Day Student pick-up 4-4:30pm

5:30-6:30 Dinner
6:30-9:00 Planned, Curated Events and activities (movies, campus center, challenges)
9:00-10:30 Free Time and in-residence hall activities, movies, games, socialization
11:00 In rooms

(2) Weekly Overview

Sunday Registration and check-in: 1–3pm
Campus tour with teachers
Hands-on engineering projects and activities overview IEEE Engineering Summer Camp
Dinner (all students)
Activities (all students)

Day Students Check-in 2-3pm and pick-up 7pm

First Week: Monday Intro to Electrical Engineering.

3D Printing Challenge:

In this activity we’ll focus on 3D printing and the engineering design process. Students will learn how 3D printers work and how they have impacted prototyping and manufacturing in many industries. Students work in teams of three students to 3D print a sample “roctopus” and then work together to engineer a rubber band car racer working from a base program. Students will determine what changes will be needed in the design of their car to optimize for racing, make adjustments in design software, upload their code to a 3D printer, make any post printing changes to model, assemble, and participate in a camp-wide race.  This activity will occur on most days as this takes a while to design, print and finish all of the parts.

Circuit Board Challenge:

In this activity we’ll solder breadboards, then take it to the next level and focus on applying the basics of electrical engineering.  We will solder the circuits so the work is permanent. Students work in teams to set up and practicing soldering, and then move on to soldering a functional circuit. This activity provides a basic understanding of good soldering techniques for electrical circuitry.

Tuesday Intro to Mechanical Engineering.

Smart Car Challenge:  In this activity we’ll focus on automotive and mechanical engineering and build from scratch a fully operative smart car and remote control. Students will work with instructors to understand the mechanical principles around steering systems. Students work in teams of three to construct and build a smart car and then edit and upload the underlying code to make functional adjustments in car operations.

Wednesday Intro to Civil Engineering.

Bridge Exercise:  How structures such as bridges are designed to handle large loads. Students will work with instructors to understand basic bridge structures and how design impacts load. Students work in teams to design, build, and test a bridge. They test load, consider their achievements and challenges and those of their camp mates, and wrap up the activity with team discussion.

Wind Tunnel Challenge:  In this activity we’ll focus on engineering product testing and design and how wind tunnels are used to test aerodynamics. Students will work with a model in a virtual wind tunnel, first learning the basic software and then adjusting a design model to improve efficiency in the wind tunnel test.

Thursday IEEE Engineering Summer Camp

Robot Arm Challenge:

In this classic IEEE TryEngineering activity, teams of two campers are challenged with building a working robot arm out of a set of materials which is able to pick up an empty Styrofoam cup that is 18” away. Sound easy? This activity builds teamwork, considers assumptions on construction, materials selection and design, and challenges all ages – students through veteran engineers

Friday Build-a-Drone Challenge continues.

Rocket Launch Challenge:

In this activity we’ll focus on aerospace engineering and how space flight has been achieved from an engineering vantage point. Students will work with instructors to understand the forces on a rocket, Newton’s Laws, and other principles and challenges of actual space vehicle launch. Students work individually to construct and test launch a rocket using a basic kit which they will re-engineer and optimize for peak altitude using additional materials.

Saturday Super Saturday: Off-campus trip to major theme park, or other fun destination for our IEEE Engineering Summer Camp students to blow off some steam!
Sunday Sleepy Sunday! Brunch, laundry, day of relaxation on campus and various activities including swimming, exploring campus and the campus center, recreation center, sports complexes, student center
Second Week: Monday Arduino Challenge: customizing programming, building our own devices including wearables. 3D Printing Challenge continues as each student creates customized parts and designs custom pieces for the epic races.
Tuesday Virtual Wind Tunnel Challenge, Racing
Wednesday Build Drone obstacle course creation, submission and installation.

Trebuchet Challenge:  In this activity we’ll focus on mechanical engineering and explore how trebuchets were used during the Middle Ages to launch projectiles over or through castle walls. Students work in teams of “engineers” to improve a basic trebuchet design and compete in two trials measuring best distance and accuracy.

Thursday Arduino Challenge:

In this activity, we’ll expand on prior activities which established an understanding of electrical circuitry and breadboarding to developing coding and wiring systems that capture temperature readings with LCD displays. Students work individually with a kit of a range of sensors and tools and then expand on their knowledge by testing a range of different components including sensors to set up their own system. Students build a strong understanding of flexible coding, component integration, and problem-solving. 

Bridge and egg challenge

Complete Custom Drones

Friday Final 3D course modifications and racing

Drone Obstacle Course Challenge

Saturday 9:30 a.m. Closing Ceremony open to all students and their families

All students check out after the Closing Ceremony




Campus Locations

2018 Program

Session 1:
July 1st – July 14th, 2018

Session 2:
July 15th – July 28th, 2018