FULL - Discover Engineering Camp

Camp is FULL for Summer 2024.
Application is OPEN for Summer 2024. Register Now.
Application is CLOSED for Summer 2024.
This is an INVITE-ONLY camp.
Application is TBA for Summer 2024. Check back soon.

Age Group: 9th - 10th


  • Residential: $1,000
  • Commuter: $600
  • Virtual:
  • Day Camp:

Category: Survey of Engineering Sessions


  • Jul 14 - 20

Residence Hall:

Scholarships: Yes, see details No

Campers sitting around table learning about circuit components
2022 campers learning about circuits

Discover Engineering (DE) is a week-long, residential camp for rising freshmen and sophomores with a strong interest in math and science. Campers work on several projects that incorporate different aspects of engineering. Campers will visit various research labs around campus, become familiar with the different forms of engineering disciplines studied at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign’s Grainger College of Engineering and interact directly with faculty and students actively researching in these areas. This is a great way to gain a better understanding of engineering in general, as well as an increased understanding of the wide range of careers and areas of study available for engineers.

Learn about and experience (TENTATIVE):

  • Aerospace Engineering
  • Agricultural Engineering
  • Bioengineering
  • Chemical Engineering
  • Civil & Environmental Engineering
  • Computer Science
  • Electrical & Computer Engineering
  • Industrial and Systems Engineering
  • Material Science and Engineering
  • Mechanical Science and Engineering
  • Nuclear, Plasma, and Radiological Engineering


Campers talking to TA in a lab
2022 campers learning about Chemical Engineering on a lab trip

“I feel like this camp was a fun experience, and would probably do it again. I feel like it prepared me better for the future. My favorite activity was computer engineering/electrical because… I like doing that kind of thing. Nuclear was very interesting because It was the one that I experienced stuff that I have never seen before… such as the tokamak.” ~2019 Discover Engineering camper 

Previous Discover Engineering Camp (2015) Video