Undergraduate Summer Camps

Nano-CEMMS summer educator David Bergandine shows Upward Bound students how to filter colloidal gold to determine the size of the nanoparticles.
Nano-CEMMS summer educator David Bergandine shows Upward Bound students how to filter colloidal gold to determine the size of the nanoparticles.

Summer camps provide opportunities for middle and high school students to find out about nanotechnology and to become interested in careers in nanotechnology. The Nano-CEMMS Center develops and delivers instructional modules for University of Illinois and North Carolina Agriculture and Technical State University summer camp programs. Each year, Nano-CEMMS delivers approximately 20 camp sessions, reaching around 250 middle and high school students who are interested in math, science, and engineering.

The camp sessions are designed to interest students in the emerging field of nanotechnology. The sessions include a rich combination of multimedia, hands-on activities, role-playing exercises and interactive discussions. The Nano-CEMMS Center has developed various instructional modules that can be configured in many ways to serve varying grade levels, numbers of participants, and allotted timeframes.

A Discover Engineering student works with nitinol.
A Discover Engineering student works with nitinol.

The following camps are targeted to reach a diverse population of students:

  • Discover Engineering
    University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

    Discover Engineering is a one-week residential camp for rising sophomores who are interested in math and science. Students work on several projects that incorporate various aspects of engineering.  Participants interact with engineering students and faculty members to build a project that incorporates various aspects of engineering, and engage in hands-on activities prepared by departments within the College of Engineering.  Throughout the school year, the camp communicates with the students, providing continuous encouragement and invitations to attend subsequent College of Engineering programs. 
  • Engineer Starter's Program
    North Carolina A&T State University

    The Engineer Starter's Program provides instruction, career awareness and motivational activities for students who are rising 7th through 12th graders.  The program is geared toward identifying middle school and high school students with interests, aptitudes, and demonstrated ability in science and math and to provide them with academic training in all disciplines of engineering early in their career preparation.