Program Details

Engineering Through the Ages (July 12-18, 2020):

Jump into the past, present, and future of sustainable engineering.  This week will focus on building a futuristic mini-city together with real, working systems.  Students will tackle real-world challenges of the past, present and future, including: ancient and modern aquifers, agriculture, air pollution, planning for hazards, building bridges, energy use, and public safety.  Students will work together with fun, hands-on competitions in architecture, fluids, materials, coding, and electricity, while time-travelling to learn about influential women engineers.

Beginner and intermediate levels are available. This session is not based on grade level.   

Designing and Flying Drones (July 19-26, 2020):

Fly into the future with drones (AKA quad-copters). In this week we will use 3D printing, material science engineering, and photography to design, build, test, and fly your personal drone.  Besides aviation, students will explore practical applications of drones, bring their own ideas to life, experiment with materials to solve real-world problems, and apply chemistry to race fuel-cell cars.  Computer-aided design software, like SolidWorks and Fusion360, will fuel student's thoughts and innovative designs for fun competitions. The sky is the limit. So, "Ru" ready to "RaCe" drones?

Beginner and intermediate levels are available. This session is not based on grade level.  

Coding (July 27 - August 1, 2020):

Run CODE to create apps,  operate Arduino, design digital logic circuits, and engineer solutions to real-world problems.  This week focuses on ingenuity and creativity to control the ever-changing technological world around us.  Students will apply software programming and hardware circuitry first-hand, while also learning how to work individually and in teams.  Besides CODE, students will also explore GPS, bluetooth, and digital music. This week is designed for beginner and intermediate programmers, no prior experience is necessary.  Each student will bring her working app home.

Students will be separated into 7th - 8th grade and 9th - 10th grade.

Underwater Robotics (August 2-8, 2020):

Dive into engineering this week with an underwater robot.  This week is designed to introduce students to the world of robotics. Students will spend the week building an underwater remotely operated vehicle (ROV), designing biomedical applications, and exploring physics. Using kits, students will work in teams to design, build, and problem-solve with a robot that can compete in fun competitions! This program is very hands-on and one of our main goals is to teach students basic mechatronics using different tools and techniques. Each student will take home the ROV she built.

Students will be separated into 7th - 8th grade and 9th - 10th grade.

Weekly Activities: Tie-dye, bonfire night, STEM Night (interactive demonstrations), drone flying, visits to the Dairy Bar, and movie night.

Program Fee: $895 per session to attend the program. This covers housing, meals, project materials and supply costs.


  • 6th - 9th grade female student (during the 2019 - 2020 school year)
  • Applicants who are not in the grade range but are interested in the program are encouraged to apply to be placed on the waiting list.


  • July 12 - 18, 2020
  • July 19 - 26, 2020
  • July 27 - August 1, 2020
  • August 2 - August 8, 2020


  • University of Connecticut Storrs campus


  • Learn about coding, robotics, 3-D printing, or general engineering
  • Discover new opportunities
  • Meet like-minded people
  • Expand your mind