Illinois Aerospace Institute

For rising 9th – 12th Graders
Session 1: June 18 – 24, 2023 (Residential)
Session 2: July 16 – 22, 2023 (Residential)
Virtual Session 3: July 23 – 29, 2023 (Virtual)
Illinois Street Residence Hall

Applications are closed for 2023


Residential: $1,000 per camper. Scholarships are available.
Virtual: $50 per camper. Virtual participants will need to have access to a computer, Zoom, a scientific  calculator, and ordinary school supplies (ruler, scissors, etc.)

See the Summer Camps FAQs page for more information about camp costs and the Trail Blazer scholarship.

The 2023 Illinois Aerospace Institute (IAI) summer camp is holidngd two one-week on-campus camps and one one-week virtual program for students entering grades 9-12 who are interested in learning about the field of aerospace engineering. Juniors and Seniors will be given preferential placement in the on-campus camps this year.

What You Will Learn:

What is aerospace engineering?

Instructors will present discussions online about various aerospace engineering topics.  Topics covered include:

  • Introduction to Aeronautics/AstronauticsStudents learning at computer stations
  • Egg-drop Lander/Model Glider Design
  • Aerospace Materials and Structures
  • Flight Mechanics
  • Aerodynamics
  • Orbits
  • Navigation
  • Rocket Propulsion
  • Aeronautics Design
  • Astronautics Design


Model Workshops

Students building model boost gliders and rockets

Model workshops are a mainly hands-on learning experience for students. Students will apply their knowledge from the instructors’ presentations and design model gliders and egg-drop landers. Each student is provided with materials and, with online assistance from the staff, builds the models.  We’ll have you launch your models at home by filming the flights.


Camp Schedule(s)



For more information, contact Sarah Schneider,

If you have questions about your application please call 217-300-7603 or

The Illinois Aerospace Institute is sponsored by the Department of Aerospace Engineering at the University of Illinois.