Design a Summer to Remember!

The UA College of Engineering has hosted the Summer Engineering Academy for more than 30 years. SEA offers weeklong, overnight camps for high school students, including graduated seniors, who want to learn more about engineering – and get a taste of life as a Wildcat! In 2019, we hosted more than 200 students from 14 states, 3 countries, and over 120 high schools. SEA attendees:

  • Work with UA professors and graduate students on design projects.
  • Get hands-on experience in 3-D CAD software, aerodynamics, electrical design and structural analysis, for example.
  • Meet mentors, and learn about engineering degreescareers and research.
  • Enjoy campus facilities such as the Student Recreation CenterFlandrau Science Center, and Steward Observatory Mirror Lab.
  • Live in a residence hall, dine at the Student Union, and make lifelong friends.

In the Explore Engineering camps, discover the UA’s 15 engineering majors and find out what it means to work in various fields. In the themed camps, delve into specific engineering majors and make connections between disciplines. Summer 2020 programs will be announced in January; check this page for updates and details – and, sign up to receive announcements via email!

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2019 Explore Engineering Programs

2019 Themed Programs

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2019 Explore Engineering Programs

Sample Activities

  • Design a cardboard canoe, and keep it afloat in a race against your peers.
  • Investigate use of drones and remote sensing.
  • Create an electronic circuit.
  • Study the use of biosensors in the medical field.
  • Explore how controlled environment agriculture is a tool to meet the food needs of the world.
  • Test your aerodynamic skills in the UA’s subsonic wind tunnel.
  • Demonstrate thermal, optical and mechanical properties of various materials.
  • Use a mining simulator to operate equipment.

Week 1 (featuring NeuroBytes!)
June 9-14
Incoming ninth- and 10th-graders (students who have completed eighth or ninth grade)

Week 2 (featuring a 3-D-printed car!)
June 16-21
Incoming 11th- and 12th-graders (students who have completed 10th or 11th grade)

SEA Interdisciplinary Program

2019 Themed Programs

Week 3: Women in Engineering
June 23-28
Rising ninth- through -12th-graders, and graduated seniors
Covers all 15 UA Engineering majors and features design projects, leadership and career mentoring

Sample Activities

  • Work with a local nonprofit organization on a design project focused on water sustainability and rainwater harvesting.
  • Hear industry leaders tell their stories.
  • Participate in faculty-led workshops on drones, education/career planning and other subjects.
  • Learn the basics of metallurgical science through blacksmithing, and forge a modern-day tool.

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Week 4: Engineering and Health
July 7-12
Incoming 11th- and 12th-graders, and graduated seniors
Covers medicine, medical devices, healthcare, drugs, biosensors, cancer detection and treatment, materials for synthesis, processing and fabrication

Sample Activities

  • Tour the Sarver Heart Center, and see how an artificial heart works.
  • Do projects related to sports performance, concussion prevention and treatment.
  • Attend demos at the Arizona Center for Accelerated Biomedical Innovation.
  • Perform chemical analysis of biological samples.
  • Visit the Controlled Environment Agriculture Center, and see how these methods can feed the world, sustainably.
  • Tour a CEAC vegetable production greenhouse and indoor vertical farming facility; learn about sensors and measuring crop growth variables.

Associated Majors

  • Biomedical engineering
  • Chemical engineering
  • Environmental engineering
  • Biosystems engineering
  • Systems engineering

Major-Focused Programs

 

Week 5: Engineering and Technology
July 14-19
Incoming 11th- and 12th-graders, and graduated seniors
Covers computer technology, data systems, cybersecurity, Arduino programming, circuits, and optical fiber technologies

Sample Activities

  • Build and test electrical circuits.
  • Program an Arduino to interface with the physical world.
  • Create Android apps.
  • Simulate a rocket factory production line.
  • Use software to test and train computer vision models.
  • Experiment with solid state lighting, the technology behind LED lights.
  • Discuss materials in technology and how they drive technological innovations.
  • Design a ceramic mug to make it stronger with materials and tests that optimize mechanical properties.

Associated Majors

  • Electrical and computer engineering
  • Optical sciences and engineering
  • Systems and industrial engineering
  • Materials Science and Engineering

Week 6: Engineering and Living
July 21-26
Incoming 11th- and 12th-graders, and graduated seniors
Covers machines, robotics, aerodynamics, aircraft and spacecraft, infrastructure, construction, structural design, and metallurgy

Sample Activities

  • Tour the only student-run underground mining operation in the country.
  • Use a simulator to operate mine equipment.
  • Do magnetite mining, smelting and metal work projects.
  • Participate in structural design competitions.
  • Create a keepsake with CNC mills and lathes.
  • Tour Komatsu Proving Grounds.
  • Do projects involving airplanes, race cars and off-road vehicles.

Associated Majors

  • Aerospace engineering
  • Architectural engineering
  • Civil engineering
  • Mechanical engineering
  • Mining engineering

Major-Focused Programs

 

SEA Campers Do Engineering

Scholarships

Thanks to the generous support of SEA alumni, UA graduates, industry partners and friends of the College, we are pleased to offer scholarships to help offset the cost of registration. Scholarships are granted based on demonstrated financial need and student essay responses. Children of University of Arizona employees may qualify for a registration discount, superseding the SEA scholarship process.

The 2019 scholarship application is closed. Scholarships will be offered again in 2020.

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Supporters

Donors have been integral to the growth of the Summer Engineering Academy. From scholarship support to curriculum development and supplies, every donation has a direct impact on making the program a success.

Thank You to 2019 Donors

 

For information on how you can support the Summer Engineering Academy, please contact Lori Huggins, SEA Director, at 520.626.9858 or lhuggins@email.arizona.edu.

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