Design a Summer to Remember

The University of Arizona Summer Engineering Academy is a series of weeklong residential camps at the University of Arizona for students passionate about engineering, math and science. Create engineering designs, complete hands-on lab activities, interact with UA professors, students and professionals, compete in design challenges, and see how engineers improve people’s lives.

  • Learn about career, research and educational opportunities available within the engineering disciplines
  • Work on design challenges and projects with UA professors and graduate students
  • Use campus labs and off-campus research facilities
  • Develop hands-on skills in 3-D CAD software, aerodynamics, electrical design and structural analysis
  • Enjoy activities at places like the UA Student Rec Center, Flandrau Science Center and Steward Observatory Mirror Lab
  • Live in a residence hall and dine at the Student Union with UA students
  • Build lifelong friendships with current and future Wildcats

Next registration cycle opens Jan. 31, 2018


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Summer Engineering Academy

Explore Engineering Programs

Explore the range 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
June 10-15, 2018
Incoming ninth- and 10th-graders (students who have completed eighth or ninth grade)

Week 2
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 3: Engineering and Sustainability
June 24-29, 2018
biology, environmental science, bioproducts, renewable energy, controlled environment agriculture, water treatment and reuse, mineral processing and sustainable mining operations

Associated Majors

  • Biosystems engineering
  • Environmental engineering
  • Mining engineering      

Major-Focused Programs


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

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

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


infinite possibilities


All of the following must be submitted to complete registration:

Application Deadlines

  • Week 1: May 27
  • Week 2: June 3
  • Week 3: June 10
  • Week 4: June 24
  • Week 5: July 1
  • Week 6: July 8


Explore Engineering Programs: $675, plus $15 non-refundable application fee
Themed Programs: $775, plus $15 non-refundable application 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 3 $100 $288 $387 $775
Date Due Upon Registration 27-May-18 10-Jun-18 10-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

Job Opportunities

Design a summer to remember! Become a part of our dynamic staff of Summer Engineering Academy. We are searching for current UA students who are passionate about teaching students or passionate about Engineering or both!

The following positions are open. Apply today!

Head Counselor 


Application Deadline: February 5, 2018

Assistant Head Counselor


Application Deadline: February 19, 2018



Application Deadline: February 19, 2018



Application Deadline: March 12, 2018

Job Opportunities


contact Want to know more about the UA’s Summer Engineering Academy? Contact: 520.621.6032 or email