High School Summer Camps

Summer 2022 Schedules Coming Soon.

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A camper builds a hydraulic machine during an ABE hands-on activity
Summer 2020 camper builds a hydraulic machine during an ABE hands-on activity. Photo credit: Betsy Innes, I-STEM

WYSE High School Summer Camps at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign’s Grainger College of Engineering are designed to provide STEM-interested students the opportunity to experience advanced curricula at one of the best engineering schools in the nation and the world. The camps provide exposure to different areas of engineering through demonstrations, classroom presentations, hands-on activities, and interactions with various students, staff, and professors in those fields.

Enrollment in the WYSE Camp programs is limited to ensure the quality of the academic experience for all involved. The camps have a merit-based admissions process and scholarships are available. See the Frequently Asked Questions page for more information.


“After having to finish out the school year virtually, I was grateful for the activities where I didn’t have to stare at a screen for hours. After watching intro videos, being able to take a break and walk away from my computer and use my hands was really enjoyable. ” ~2020 camper

Summer 2021 Camp Offerings

Survey of Engineering Disciplines Camps: (rising 9th – 12th graders)

What It Takes: Exploring Your Options Virtual Camp

  • Session 1: June 13-June 25, 2021
  • Session 2: July 11-23, 2021

Discipline-Specific Camps: (rising 10th – 12th graders)

Exploring Nuclear, Plasma, and Radiological Engineering (July 25-29, 2021) 

Aerospace Engineering [*EAGER] (June 27-July 1, 2021)

CURIE: Catalyzing UR Interest in Engineering (ChemE) [*IDEA] (July 25-29, 2021)

Civil & Environmental Engineering: Addressing Societal Challenges (August 1-5, 2021)

Cracking the Code: Demystify Computer Science [*IDEA] (June 27-July 1, 2021)

*Find out more about EAGER and IDEA camp tracks on the Summer Camps Frequently Asked Questions page. All are welcome to apply.

“The welcoming environment, the sense of community and friendliness was definitely the best thing about these camps.” ~2020 camper


More Summer 2021 STEM Opportunities: (All are welcome to apply)

(Note: Not all of the opportunities below are hosted by Grainger Engineering and/or may have different applications and deadlines. See the individual webpages for full details.)

“The best part of my summer camp experience has been being challenged to think outside of the box and problem solve!” ~2020 camper