College of Engineering, Technology, and Computer Science

Summer STEM Explorations

2021 College of Engineering, Technology,

and Computer Science


Camp Plans and Registration: Summer camps are currently planned following campus COVID-19 Safety guidelines for small group meetings. Camp participation will be reduced to accommodate social distancing and no sharing of equipment.  

Camp Registration and Scholarships: For access to a scholarship application for those needing financial assistance, please click on this link Scholarship Application

Engineering Robotics Exploration: Swarm Bots!                         

Offered by: College of ETCS
Dates: June 14 -June 18
   Time: 8:30 AM - 12:30 PM    Age: 8th -12th grade   

Fee: $90     Max enrollment: 10 students

Participants collaborate on robot teams to explore the strategy of “swarm bots” where multiple robots work in coordination to achieve a goal. Learn to master the skill of mixing an autonomous robot with a remote control robot to achieve a challenge. Participants use the LEGO Mindstorms EV3 autonomous robot and the Pitsco TETRIX robot. They strategize on construction, programming, attachments, and robot manipulation in preparation for the week’s mini-challenge. Along the way, participants hear about engineering. The camp welcomes participants with a range of robot experience. Guided by a professional engineer and technology teacher, the instructors encourage hands on exploration of new skills as they share from their own experience.

Engineering Robotics Exploration: Swarm Bots


Engineering Robotics Exploration: Vision Bots                         

Offered by: College of ETCS
Dates: June 21 -June 25
   Time: 8:30 AM - 12:30 PM    Age: 8th -12th grade    

Fee: $90    Max enrollment: 5 students

This Exploration requires some prior experience in any of the following: attended the Swarmbots or other robot camp, has built some type of robot, and has experienced some level of programming in C++ or Python. In this Exploration, you will explore machine vision; a vital part of today’s newest smart vehicles. Using the Prizm robot controller, students will experiment with using a Pixy2cam to accomplish tasks. As in all robotic camps, a challenge is posed to the Exploring students who compete at the end of the week.

Engineering Robotics Exploration: Vision Bots


Computer Science Exploration: ACT: Adventures in Computing for Teens

Offered by: Department of Computer Science
Dates:  TBA
        Time: 8:30 AM - 12:30 PM         Age: 8th - 12th grade     

Fee: $90    Max enrollment: 10 students

Explore the world of computer science through a week-long project that challenges your computer science know-how with the question: What makes an App or website fun, intriguing, and easy for users? This is called UX Design (user experience). This camp will focus on providing an overview of different areas of computer science and will have participants exploring computer interfaces and visually-presented information to learn how they can design their own purposeful interfaces (and watch out for the tricks that industries use to steal your attention). You will experience the design process; learn computer strategies, and exercise creative skills as you meet other students with similar interests and watch demonstrations in the virtual animation lab. Don’t miss this chance to get new insight in computer science!

Computer Science Exploration: ACT: Adventures in Computing for Teens


Industrial Technology Exploration: MTE Experts (Machining Tools In Engineering)

Offered by: The School of Polytechnic and Mechanical Engineering Technicians, sponsored by HAAS
Dates: June 21-25
        Time: 8:30 AM - 12:30 PM         Age: 9th - 12th grade     

Fee: $90    Max enrollment: 6 students

Explore the world of machining tools through hands-on applications in the creation of a basic project. Learn layout and measuring strategies. Operate a metal lathe and a milling machine and in a short time, watch your materials transform from unassembled pieces into a useful item.  Become familiar with CNC machining and programming through demonstrations of HAAS machines. During the camp, participants will chat each day with professionals from local industry who visit the machine shop to share their work experience in industrial field and answer questions about careers. This hands-on workshop guided by experts provides access and training on tools that you may not normally use. It is a small class so register soon and let the chips fly!

Industrial Technology Exploration: MTE Experts (Machining Tools in Engineering)



GEAR UP Summer Camp (for FWCS students only)

Offered by: College of ETCS in collaboration with FWCS
Dates: July 12-16
        Time: 8:30 AM - 12:30 PM         Age: 9th - 10th grade (rising)      

Fee: no fee    Max enrollment: 18 students (half of the spots are taken)

This summer, you can grab an amazing opportunity to learn from five different Purdue Fort Wayne professors in engineering, technology, and computer science and two STEM educators. Don’t miss out on this FREE opportunity! Discover PFW engineering and computer labs when you experience changing topics each day that allow participants to explore a variety of subjects. Participants will rotate through sessions to engage in hand-on activities and watch enlightening demonstrations. Examples of some topics include artificial intelligence, electrical engineering,  environmental engineering, computers and coding, and more. Get answers to questions about how they relate to your world and your future.

To register, contact Stephanie Carlson, GEAR UP Coordinator of Learning Partners and Programs at 260-467-7278 or

Questions? Call (260) 481-4145 or email
*Grade listed is for a student in fall 2020


Future Girls of STEM - At Home!!
(This Elementary Camp in Partnership with the Girl Scouts)

Dates: June 7 - 26      Age: 2nd, 3rd, 4th & 5th grade    Fee: $25.00*

*(Note: scholarship application does not apply to this camp)

  • Event Description (including info about kit pick-up or add-on fee for shipping kits!): Girls in 2nd-5th grades join us virtually this June for a month of hands-on activities to explore the world of engineering in a fun and interactive way. Led by a female team of PFW professors, each week will explore a different type of engineering and science! This year we’re going to be aerospace, chemical, computer engineers, and physicists! Campers are encouraged to attend weekly Zoom hangouts with a camp leader and other campers to talk about the engineering theme of the week, meet new friends, and answer any questions!  During camp activities, Parents and/or guardians are expected to provide supervision for girls and to be nearby to assist them with activities. Campers will receive camp packs with all needed materials and curriculum. Hope to see you there!
  • Materials will be shipped out to all campers by end of May
  • Age levels: 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th graders
  • Cohort Schedule (including dates/times for Zoom meet-ups):  June 7th– June 26th; campers can choose which cohort to join when they register based on meeting times and will meet one time per week with female faculty and students to complete and review activities:
    • Tuesdays - 6pm (June 8, 15, 22)
    • Thursdays - 12pm (June 10, 17, 24)
    • Saturdays - 10am (June 12, 19, 26)
    • NOTE: Cap each group at 8-9 maximum

Please click link for Future Girls of STEM

Questions? Call (260) 481-4186 or email


FOR ACT and GEAR UP USE ONLY 2021 Exploration POST-Survey