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Summer Explorations

College of Engineering, TEchnology, and Computer Science

Get excited about STEM.


Designed to expose young students to all the fascinating areas of STEM, Summer Explorations offers four distinct areas of exploration: computer science, math and science, engineering, and physics. Check out what’s coming up.

For those needing financial assistance, please contact Becky Notestine at [email protected] or 260-481-4145 for more information on how to submit the scholarship application.

*Grade listed is for a student in fall 2022.

Offered by: College of Engineering, Technology, and Computer Science 
Dates: June 12–16
Time: 8:30 a.m.–3 p.m. (Monday–Thursday); 8:30 a.m.–noon (Friday)
Age: Grades 9–12
Fee: $120
Max enrollment: 10 students

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. You’ll use the LEGO Mindstorms EV3 autonomous robot and the Pitsco TETRIX robot to strategize on construction, programming, attachments, and robot manipulation in preparation for the week’s mini challenge. Along the way, 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.

Questions? Contact Janet North, ETCS Outreach Program Assistant, at [email protected] or 260-481-5756.

Registration will open April 4, 2023

Offered by: Department of Computer Science
Dates: July 10–14
Time: 8:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m.
Age: Grades 8–12
Fee: $105
Max enrollment: 20 students

Explore the world of computer science through a weeklong project that challenges your computer science know-how with this 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 you exploring computer interfaces and visually presented information to learn how to design your own purposeful interfaces (and watch out for the tricks that industries use to steal users’ 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 into computer science.

Questions? Contact Janet North, ETCS Outreach Program Assistant, at [email protected] or 260-481-5756.

Registration will open April 4, 2023

Offered by: School of Polytechnic and Mechanical Engineering Technicians, sponsored by HAAS
Dates: June 12–16
Time: 8:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m.
Age: Grades 9–12
Fee: $105
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, you will be able to chat each day with professionals from local industry who visit the machine shop to share their work experience in the 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.

Questions? Contact Janet North, ETCS Outreach Program Assistant, at [email protected] or 260-481-5756.

Registration will open April 4, 2023

Offered by: The College of Engineering, Technology and Computer Science
Dates: June 19–22
Time: 8:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m.
Age: Grades 6–8*
Fee: $105
Max enrollment: 24 students

This summer, you can grab an amazing opportunity to learn from Purdue Fort Wayne professors in engineering, technology, and computer science. Discover PFW inside engineering and computer labs when you experience a variety of projects. Each day, your camp will rotate through different sessions to meet instructors, engage in hand-on activities, and watch enlightening demonstrations. Hear from experts about subjects like artificial intelligence, electrical engineering, environmental engineering, computers and coding, and more. You will explore topics that interest you and get answers to questions about how they relate to your world and your future career. Join us and be a part of this new PFW Exploration Camp!

Questions? Contact Janet North, ETCS Outreach Program Assistant, at [email protected] or 260-481-5756.

Registration will open April 4, 2023

Offered by: College of Engineering, Technology, and Computer Science in partnership with Girl Scouts
Dates: June 12–15
Time: 8 a.m.–noon
Age: Grades 2–5
Fee: $30*

Girls in second through fifth grade (including those who are entering two and leaving five) are invited to join us for a week of hands-on activities to explore the world of engineering in a fun and interactive way. Led by a female team of Purdue Fort Wayne professors from the College of Engineering, Technology, and Computer Science, campers will explore a different type of engineering each day along with industry partners and current PFW engineering students.

Campers do not need to be registered in Girl Scouts to attend. 

Questions? Ready to register? Contact Becca Essig, assistant professor of engineering, at [email protected] or 260-481-4130.

*Scholarship application does not apply to this camp.

Registration will open April 4, 2023

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Camp Plans and Registration

Fun—and safety—are paramount.

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

Contact Us

Have questions?


Please contact Becky Notestine, administrative assistant, at [email protected] or 260-481-4145 for information on Summer Explorations registration, Bridge Contest registration, or other campus events. For information on volunteer opportunities, contact Janet North, outreach program assistant, at [email protected] or 260-481-5756.