College of Engineering, Technology, and Computer Science

Summer STEM Explorations


Scholarship: For the 2019 Exploration Camp Scholarship and application form, please click on this link:     2019 Exploration Scholarship form 

*Grade listed is for a student in fall 2019

Industrial Technology Exploration: MTE Experts (Machining Tools in Engineering)                                                Offered by: the School of Polytechnic and Mechanical Engineering Technicians; sponsored by HAAS  Dates: June 17-21      Time: 8:30 AM - 12:30PM         Age: 9th-12th grade     Fee: $90          

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 period of 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 knowledge and answer questions about their experiences in the machining industry and talk about career options. This is truly a “hands on” workshop guided by experts and providing access and training on tools that you may not normally use. It is a small class so register soon and let the chips fly!

Click on this link to register: MTE Experts (Machining Tools in Engineering)


Engineering Robotics Exploration: Swarm Bots!                        
Offered by: College of ETCS
Dates: June 24-28
         Time: 8:30 AM - 12:30 PM        Age: 8th -12th grade     Fee: $90

Participants will form robot teams that explore the concept of “swarm robotics”. Learn to master the skill of achieving a robotic task with multiple robots working in coordination to achieve this year’s thematic challenge. Participants will use two different robot platforms including the LEGO Mindstorms EV3 autonomous robot and a C code / remote control based robot as they strategize how to construct, program, maneuver, and use attachments to meet the camp’s obstacle challenges. The camp welcomes participants with a range of robot experience which is why a team approach is used. Guided by a professional engineer and assistant, the instructors will encourage hands-on learning of new skills as they also share the “lingo” of Tech Talk and welcome a guest speaker to share information about engineering and technology careers.

Click on this link to register: Swarm Bots!

Camp is full, wait list is available 


Girls STEM Leadership Exploration: GIRLS: Transform Our Future!
Offered by: College of ETCS
Dates: July 8-12
         Time: 8:30 AM - 12:30 PM        Age: 8th -12th grade     Fee: $90

GIRLS can make a difference in any city! In this camp, you will work with a team to imagine, design, collaborate, and construct your vision of a section of an innovative futuristic city. While working on your project, you will interact with female engineers and STEM professionals who will share what they do on their job and what made them successful. You can explore your own potential in a STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) field by asking questions that will help you decide if pursuing a STEM major is right for you. No matter your future career, you will flex your collaboration skills, learn new leadership strategies, and have fun meeting and working with girls from our community. The camp is led by experienced teachers and incorporates daily contact with female professionals.

Click on this link to register:  Girls: Transform Our Future! Cancelled


Computer Science Exploration: ACT: Adventures in Computing for Teens

Offered by: Department of Computer Science
Dates:  July 8-12
        Time: 8:30 AM - 12:30 PM         Age: 8th - 12th grade      Fee: $90

Every day more Apps are created for our use. Could you create one yourself? Explore the world of App Inventor created by Massachusetts Institute of Technology. The software uses a process that “transforms the complex language of text-based coding into visual, drag-and-drop building blocks“( Experience the computer science design process; learn strategies, exercise logic and creative skills as you work on an App project guided by a Computer Science instructor. Meet other students with similar interests, see demonstrations in computer science labs, and learn about computer science careers.

Click on this link to register: ACT: Adventures in Computing for teens 


Questions? Call (260) 481-4145 or email
*Grade listed is for a student in fall 2019


Future Girls of STEM (This is a special Elementary Camp in Partnership with the Girl Scouts)

Dates: June 24-27      Time: 8:00 AM - 12:00 PM      Age: 2nd-3rd grade    Fee: $15.00*

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

Girls will participate in hands-on activities to explore the world of engineering in a fun interactive way. Led by a female team of Purdue Fort Wayne professors and industry professionals, participants will explore different engineering disciplines, meet new friends and mentors, and participate in fun activities that demonstrate the exciting world of engineering! During camp, girls will build structures with marshmallows, hang out with robots, and much more! Girls do not have to be in Brownies to participate in this camp.

Registration for this camp only is through the Girls Scouts of Northern Indiana and Michiana Website 

Questions? Call (260) 481-4186 or email