Exploring Mechanical Science & Engineering Camp

For rising 10th – 12th graders [EAGER*]
July 17 – July 23, 2022 (Residential & Commuter)

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Cost:

Residential: $1,000 per camper. Scholarships are available.
Commuter & In-Person Day Camp: $600 per camper. Scholarships are available.
See the Summer Camps FAQs page for more information about camp costs and the Trail Blazer scholarship.

*EAGER camps are mission-driven camp sessions led by Engineers Aiming for Gender Equity & Representation in STEM majors and careers. These camps focus on support and empowerment of traditionally excluded populations in STEM. The absence of their talents is a detriment to the STEM fields. EAGER camps provide a safe environment to build a community of peers and mentors who empower one another to be confident in their exploration of STEM. All are welcome to apply.


Mechanical Engineering is all about building things! Mechanical engineers understand how machines work and how to design and construct new ones to solve challenging problems in the world. This camp will explore many of the exciting new topics in mechanical engineering, such as:

  • constructing 3D printers to make things
  •  building robots to explore and clean up hazardous waste
  • creating prosthetics to help injured people walk again
  • making water treatment systems that run on sunlight for the developing world.

Campers will get hands-on experience building and designing machines that make the world a better place, using all their creativity and problem-solving skills. The camp will also include field trips to on-site labs and nearby research and manufacturing companies.

Camp Schedule(s):

Camp Coordinator:

Joe Muskin is the Education Coordinator for the Department of Mechanical Science and Engineering. He has extensive experience teaching science and developing inquiry-based science and engineering lessons for all ages. Joe received NSTA’s Distinguished Informal Science Educator Award in 2013 for his outstanding work bringing 3D printing to students across the country. (Adapted from UIUC’s I-RISE website).

From previous years: