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. Save the dates for summer 2020, and check back for more information on registration in the new year:

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2020 Explore Engineering Programs

2020 Themed Programs

Pricing Information


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2020 Explore Engineering Programs

Explore Engineering Day Camp
July 13-15
Rising ninth- and 10th-graders (students who have completed eighth or ninth grade)

Introduction to engineering for younger students, gives an overview of what engineering means and an insight to related majors here at the UA.  

Sample Activities & Topics

  • Engineering design challenges
  • Collaborative project with the College of Architecture on designing and building structures
  • Introduction to life as a UA student on campus
  • Design projects with fellow campers like cardboard canoe
  • Spend time in engineering and university labs and buildings

Associated Majors

  • UA’s 15 Engineering majors

Explore Engineering
June 7-12
Rising 11th- and 12th-graders (students who have completed 10th or 11th grade), and graduated seniors

Introduction to engineering for older students, gives an overview of what engineering means and an insight to related majors here at the UA.  

  • Design a cardboard canoe and keep it afloat in a race against your peers.
  • Visit a greenhouse made for the moon.
  • Create an electronic circuit.
  • Test your aerodynamic skills in the UA subsonic wind tunnel.
  • Use a mining simulator to operate equipment.
  • Tour the Steward Observatory Mirror Lab.
  • Visit the Flandrau Science Center.
  • Explore the virtual world at iSpace.  

Associated Majors

  • UA’s 15 Engineering majors
SEA Interdisciplinary Program

2020 Themed Programs

Women in Engineering
June 14-19
Rising ninth- through 12th-graders, and graduated seniors

engineering design projects, professional development, leadership, engineering career paths/degrees, mentorship, networking

Sample Activities & Topics

  • Women in Engineering Involvement Fair
  • Industry speakers
  • Faculty-led workshops
  • Themed design challenge – to be announced

Associated Majors

  • UA’s 15 Engineering majors

Engineering and Health
June 21-26
Rising 11th- and 12th-graders & graduated seniors (students who have completed 10th, 11th, or 12th grade)

medicine, medical devices, healthcare, drugs, biosensors, cancer detection and treatment, materials for synthesis, processing and fabrication

Sample Activities & Topics

  • Sports performance
  • Concussion prevention and treatment
  • Tour and demo of a clinical research MRI machine 

Associated Majors

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

Engineering and Technology
July 19-24
Rising 11th- and 12th-graders & graduated seniors (students who have completed 10th, 11th, or 12th grade)

computer technology, data systems, cybersecurity, Arduino programming, circuits, and optical fiber technologies

Sample Activities & Topics

  • Brightening your future with solid state lighting - the technology behind LED lights
  • Building electrical circuits and verifying their performance with electrical equipment
  • Programming an Arduino to interface with its environment (physical world)
  • Creating Android Apps
  • Simulating a rocket factory production line
  • Using software to test and train computer vision models

Associated Majors

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

Engineering and Living
July 26-31
Rising 11th- and 12th-graders & graduated seniors (students who have completed 10th, 11th, or 12th grade)

machines, robotics, aerodynamics, aircraft and spacecraft, infrastructure, construction, structural design, metallurgy

Sample Activities & Topics

  • Underground mine/equipment tour in the only student run mine in the country
  • Komatsu proving grounds tour
  • Shovel simulator (or other mining technology) in the training center
  • Magnetite mining and smelting activity
  • Structural design competitions
  • Introduction to metal working
  • Operate CNC Mills & Lathes (and create a project which you will keep)
  • Practice and learn the fundamentals of airplanes, racing cars, and off-road vehicles

Associated Majors

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

Major-Focused Programs


2020 Pricing Information

Camp Dates 50% of balance
(4 weeks out)
100% of balance
(2 weeks out)
Total Payment Refund deadline
(all payment minus $100 deposit)
Explore Engineering June 7-12 $247
May 10
May 24
$695 May 24
Women in Engineering June 14-19 $297
May 17
May 31
$795 May 31
Engineering & Health June 21-26 $297
May 24
June 7
$795 June 7
Explore Engineering Day Camp July 13-15 $47
June 15
June 29
$295 June 29
Engineering & Technology July 19-24 $297
June 21
July 5
$795 July 5
Engineering & Living July 26-31 $297
June 28
July 12
$795 July 12


* Non-refundable $100 deposit due at time of registration


SEA Campers Do Engineering


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.

Job Opportunities

Summer Camp Employment for Current Students

Summer Engineering Academy employs approximately 11 current, undergraduate students from engineering, education, and related majors to work as Counseling and Administrative staff.  We are looking for current students who are interested in gaining leadership skills, working to inspire youth in STEM, and serving their community. Housing & meals provided! Previous experience working with youth is a plus, but not required. The following are paid positions. Find more info and job descriptions here: 

Apply for SEA Head Counselor 

Application Deadline: February 14, 2020

Apply for SEA Administrator

Application Deadline: March 5, 2020

Apply for SEA Staff Counselor

Application Deadline: March 5, 2020


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 the SEA staff at

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