Future Engineers, Design a Summer to Remember!

High school students attending the 2018 Summer Engineering Academy can expect some exciting new options in their quest to learn about how engineers change people’s lives.

This year SEA is focused on the Grand Challenges for Engineering. Themes for the weeklong STEM residential camps range from health and security to sustainability and infrastructure. Plus, the first of two Explore Engineering camp sessions – which introduce the range of UA Engineering majors and related careers – features NeuroBytes by NeuroTinker.

Get more information below on all the camps!

Explore Engineering

Grand Challenges

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  • Work with UA professors and grad students on design projects.
  • Get hands-on experience in 3-D CAD software, aerodynamics, electrical design and structural analysis.
  • Learn about engineering degrees, careers and research.
  • Enjoy the Rec Center, Flandrau Science Center and Steward Observatory Mirror Lab.
  • Live in a residence hall, dine at the Student Union, and build lifelong Wildcat friendships.
Summer Engineering Academy

Explore Engineering Programs

Explore all of the UA’s 15 Engineering majors and gain a better understanding of what it means to work in various fields.

Sample Activities

  • Design a cardboard canoe, and keep it afloat in a race against your peers.
  • Visit a greenhouse made for the moon.
  • Create an electronic circuit.
  • Test your aerodynamic skills in the UA subsonic wind tunnel.
  • Use a mining simulator to operate equipment.
  • Tour the Steward Observatory Mirror Lab.
  • Visit the Flandrau Science Center.

Week 1 (featuring NeuroBytes!)
June 10-15, 2018
Incoming ninth- and 10th-graders (students who have completed eighth or ninth grade)

Week 2 (featuring a 3-D-printed car!)
June 17-22, 2018
Incoming 11th- and 12th-graders (students who have completed 10th or 11th grade)

SEA Interdisciplinary Program

Themed Programs

Incoming 11th- and 12th-graders, and graduated seniors
Investigate specific disciplines associated UA Engineering majors by exploring four cross-cutting themes of the Grand Challenges for Engineering as defined by the National Academy of Engineering. Discover how engineers are working to solve some of the world’s most difficult problems.

Week 4: Engineering and Health
July 8-13, 2018
medicine, medical devices, healthcare, drugs, biosensors, cancer detection and treatment, materials for synthesis, processing and fabrication

Activities & Topics

  • Global warming
  • CO2 into soda
  • Tissue development and antibody/antigen functions
  • Urine testing
  • Antibody and biosensor bio-barcodes 

Associated Majors

  • Biomedical engineering
  • Chemical engineering
  • Materials science and engineering

Week 5: Engineering and Security
July 15-20, 2018
computer technology, data systems, cybersecurity, Arduino programming, circuits, and optical fiber technologies

Activities & Topics

  • Optical remote sensing of hazardous materials
  • Imaging for defense applications
  • Optical quantum secured communications

Associated Majors

  • Electrical and computer engineering
  • Optical sciences and engineering
  • Systems and industrial engineering

Major-Focused Programs


Week 6: Engineering and the Joy of Living
July 22-27, 2018
machines, robotics, aerodynamics, aircraft and spacecraft, infrastructure, construction, structural engineering and design

Associated Majors

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

Major-Focused Programs


SEA Campers Do Engineering


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 also be completed.

Online Registration Links and Application Deadlines

  • Week 1: (registration is closed)
  • Week 2: (registration is closed)
  • Week 4: (registration is closed)
  • Week 5: (registration is closed)
  • Week 6: (registration is closed)


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 engr-sea@email.arizona.edu


Explore Engineering Programs: $675, plus non-refundable service fee
Themed Programs: $775, plus non-refundable service fee


  • $100 non-refundable deposit paid upon registration
  • 50 percent of total payment due four 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 $238 $337 $675
Date Due Upon Registration 13-May-18 27-May-18 27-May-18
Week 2 $100 $238 $337 $675
Date Due Upon Registration 20-May-18 3-Jun-18 3-Jun-18
Week 4 $100 $288 $387 $775
Date Due Upon Registration 10-Jun-18 24-Jun-18 24-Jun-18
Week 5 $100 $288 $387 $775
Date Due Upon Registration 17-Jun-18 1-Jul-18 1-Jul-18
Week 6 $100 $288 $387 $775
Date Due Upon Registration 24-Jun-18 8-Jul-18 8-Jul-18


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To be considered for a partial scholarship, please complete the online scholarship application. Applications are evaluated by a selection committee, and scholarships are granted based on demonstrated financial need and student essay responses.


Scholarship applicants must first complete the online registration, including all required forms and payment of the $100 deposit.


Scholarship applications close on April 1, 2018. Award letters will be emailed to recipients during the week of April 15, 2018. 

Contact Lori Huggins, SEA director, at 520.621.8103 for further information.

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contact To learn more about the UA’s Summer Engineering Academy, call 520.621.6032 or email engr-sea@email.arizona.edu