High School Summer Camps

2021 Virtual Options (all sessions tentative)

Applications expected to open by February 1, 2021.

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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 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

Survey of Engineering Disciplines Camps:

“What it Takes” Explore Your Options Camp (10th – 12th Grade)
Session 1: June 14-June 25, 2021
Session 2: July 12-23, 2021

Discipline-Specific Camps: 


Aerospace Engineering (10th – 12th Grade) [TBD] EAGER

Chemical Engineering (10th – 12th Grade) [TBD]

Civil & Environmental Engineering (10th-12th Grade) [TBD]

Computer Science & Computer Engineering (10th – 12th Grade) [TBD]

Electrical and Computer Engineering (10th – 12th Grade) [TBD]

Mechanical Science & Engineering (10th – 12th Grade) [TBD]

Exploring Nuclear, Plasma, and Radiological Engineering (10th – 12th Grade) [TBD]


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

More Summer Opportunities: (All are welcome to apply)

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