Design a Summer to Remember!

The College of Engineering has done outreach through the Summer Engineering Academy for more than 30 years. SEA offers weeklong, overnight camps for high school students, including graduated seniors, who want to learn more about engineering – and get a taste of life as a Wildcat! In 2018, we hosted more than 200 students from 10 states and over 80 high schools across the nation.

  • Work with UA professors and graduate students on design projects.

  • Get hands-on experience in 3-D CAD software, aerodynamics, electrical design and structural analysis, for example.

  • Meet mentors, and learn about engineering degreescareers and research.

  • Enjoy campus facilities such as the Student Recreation CenterFlandrau Science Center, and Steward Observatory Mirror Lab.

  • Live in a residence hall, dine at the Student Union, and make lifelong friends.

In the Explore Engineering camps, discover the UA’s 15 engineering majors and find out what it means to work in various fields. In the themed camps, delve into specific engineering majors and make connections between disciplines.

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Get more information below on all the camps!

Explore Engineering Programs

Themed Programs



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Registration is closed for weeks 1, 2 and 3. Please consider weeks 5 and 6.

Summer Engineering Academy

2019 Explore Engineering Programs

Sample Activities

  • Design a cardboard canoe, and keep it afloat in a race against your peers.
  • Investigate use of drones and remote sensing.
  • Create an electronic circuit.
  • Study the use of biosensors in the medical field.
  • Explore how controlled environment agriculture is a tool to meet the food needs of the world.
  • Test your aerodynamic skills in the UA’s subsonic wind tunnel.
  • Demonstrate thermal, optical and mechanical properties of various materials.
  • Use a mining simulator to operate equipment.

Week 1 (featuring NeuroBytes!)
June 9-14
Incoming ninth- and 10th-graders (students who have completed eighth or ninth grade)
Registration for this week is closed.

Week 2 (featuring a 3-D-printed car!)
June 16-21
Incoming 11th- and 12th-graders (students who have completed 10th or 11th grade)
Registration for this week is closed.

SEA Interdisciplinary Program

2019 Themed Programs

Week 3: Women in Engineering
June 23-28
Rising ninth- through -12th-graders, and graduated seniors
Covers all 15 UA Engineering majors and features design projects, leadership and career mentoring

Registration for this week is closed.

Sample Activities

  • Work with a local nonprofit organization on a design project focused on water sustainability and rainwater harvesting.
  • Hear industry leaders tell their stories.
  • Participate in faculty-led workshops on drones, education/career planning and other subjects.
  • Learn the basics of metallurgical science through blacksmithing, and forge a modern-day tool.

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Week 4: Engineering and Health
July 7-12
Incoming 11th- and 12th-graders, and graduated seniors
Covers medicine, medical devices, healthcare, drugs, biosensors, cancer detection and treatment, materials for synthesis, processing and fabrication

Registration for this week is closed.

Sample Activities

  • Tour the Sarver Heart Center, and see how an artificial heart works.
  • Do projects related to sports performance, concussion prevention and treatment.
  • Attend demos at the Arizona Center for Accelerated Biomedical Innovation.
  • Perform chemical analysis of biological samples.
  • Visit the Controlled Environment Agriculture Center, and see how these methods can feed the world, sustainably.
  • Tour a CEAC vegetable production greenhouse and indoor vertical farming facility; learn about sensors and measuring crop growth variables.

Associated Majors

  • Biomedical engineering
  • Chemical engineering
  • Environmental engineering
  • Biosystems engineering
  • Systems engineering

Major-Focused Programs


Week 5: Engineering and Technology
July 14-19
Incoming 11th- and 12th-graders, and graduated seniors
Covers computer technology, data systems, cybersecurity, Arduino programming, circuits, and optical fiber technologies

Sample Activities

  • Build and test electrical circuits.
  • Program an Arduino to interface with the physical world.
  • Create Android apps.
  • Simulate a rocket factory production line.
  • Use software to test and train computer vision models.
  • Experiment with solid state lighting, the technology behind LED lights.
  • Discuss materials in technology and how they drive technological innovations.
  • Design a ceramic mug to make it stronger with materials and tests that optimize mechanical properties.

Associated Majors

  • Electrical and computer engineering
  • Optical sciences and engineering
  • Systems and industrial engineering
  • Materials Science and Engineering

Week 6: Engineering and Living
July 21-26
Incoming 11th- and 12th-graders, and graduated seniors
Covers machines, robotics, aerodynamics, aircraft and spacecraft, infrastructure, construction, structural design, and metallurgy

Sample Activities

  • Tour the only student-run underground mining operation in the country.
  • Use a simulator to operate mine equipment.
  • Do magnetite mining, smelting and metal work projects.
  • Participate in structural design competitions.
  • Create a keepsake with CNC mills and lathes.
  • Tour Komatsu Proving Grounds.
  • Do projects involving airplanes, race cars and off-road vehicles.

Associated Majors

  • Aerospace engineering
  • Architectural engineering
  • Civil engineering
  • Mechanical engineering
  • Mining engineering

Major-Focused Programs


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Separate online registration is required for each camp session a student plans to attend. As part of the online registration process, a series of informational and consent forms must be completed. Registration is not considered complete until all supporting documentation is received.

Online Registration

Important Note: In lieu of uploading required forms to our registration software, you may download the Required Registration Forms packet and email the completed forms to

Payment & Pricing

Explore Engineering Programs: $695, plus non-refundable service fee
Themed Programs: $795, plus non-refundable service fee

Includes meals, housing, supplies and activities.


  • $100 non-refundable deposit paid upon registration
  • 50% of total payment due four weeks before camp begins
  • 100% of total payment due two weeks before camp begins
  • No refunds if cancellation is within two weeks of camp start date
  Deposit -
50% of
Total Cost
100% of
Total Cost
Week 1 $100 $248 $347 $695
Date Due Upon Registration 12-May-19 26-May-19 26-May-19
Week 2 $100 $248 $347 $695
Date Due Upon Registration 19-May-19 2-Jun-19 2-Jun-19
Week 3 $100 $298 $397 $795
Date Due Upon Registration 26-May-19 9-Jun-19 9-Jun-19
Week 4 $100 $298 $397 $795
Date Due Upon Registration 9-Jun-19 23-Jun-19 23-Jun-19
Week 5 $100 $298 $397 $795
Date Due Upon Registration 16-Jun-19 30-Jun-19 30-Jun-19
Week 6 $100 $298 $397 $795
Date Due Upon Registration 23-Jun-19 7-Jul-19 7-Jul-19


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Residence Hall 
UA Maricopa Residence Hall 
1031 James E. Rogers Way 
Check in and check out at the residence hall. 

Parking for Check In 
Park Avenue Garage
1140 N. Park Ave.
Maricopa Residence Hall is beyond the southeast corner of the garage.


Thanks to the generous support of SEA alumni, UA graduates, industry partners and friends of the College, we are pleased to offer scholarships to help offset the cost of registration. Scholarships are granted based on demonstrated financial need and student essay responses. Children of University of Arizona employees may qualify for a registration discount, superseding the SEA scholarship process.

The 2019 scholarship application is closed. Scholarships will be offered again in 2020.

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Donors have been integral to the growth of the Summer Engineering Academy. In 2018, more than 200 students from 80 high schools in 10 states attended.

Thank You for Your 2018 & 2019 Donations!


For information on how you can support the Summer Engineering Academy, please contact Lori Huggins, SEA Director, at 520.626.9858 or

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