FULL - Discover Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE) Middle School Daycamp

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: 7th - 9th


  • Residential:
  • Commuter:
  • Virtual:
  • Day Camp: $550 (housing not provided)

Category: 3-D Sessions


  • Jun 17 - 21 (no camp June 19)

Residence Hall:

Scholarships: Yes, see details No

2023 ECE MS camper at a VR session
2023 ECE MS camper at a VR session

This day camp will introduce campers to the field of Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE). Illinois ECE is world-renowned for its excellence in both teaching and research, our students and faculty are developing the innovations that will define the future of our industry. Topics covered include the fundamental building blocks of ECE, such as electronic circuits and digital logic. More advanced topics (lithography and wireless communication) will also be introduced so that campers can gain an appreciation of the impact of technology advancements in ECE on our daily life.

Campers will:

  • engage in daily hands-on learning activities taught by faculty in ECE
  • visit state-of-the-art research and instructional facilities
  • enjoy social events at various university-owned venues
  • participate in a team project mentored by current ECE undergraduate students, which will accumulate towards a team presentation at the end of the camp

Note: Camp sessions will not take place on June 19th in observance of the Juneteenth Holiday. 

Due to this being a day camp and housing is not provided, preference is given to local area students


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Prof. Yuting W. Chen received the B.S. degree from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign in 2007, and the M.S. and Ph.D. degrees from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in 2009 and 2011, all in Electrical Engineering. She is currently a Teaching Associate Professor with the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. Prior to joining Illinois ECE as a faculty, she worked at IBM Systems Group in Poughkeepsie, NY in z Systems Firmware Development. Her current interests include recruitment and retention of under-represented students in STEM, K-12 outreach, integrative training for graduate teaching assistants, and curriculum innovation for introductory computing courses.

Prof. Yang V. Shao is a Teaching Assistant Professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. She earned her Ph.D. degrees in Electrical Engineering from Chinese Academy of Sciences, China. She was a faculty member at the University of New Mexico before joining Illinois ECE where she developed graduate courses on Electromagnetics. Prof. Shao has research interests in curriculum development, assessment, student retention and student success in engineering, developing innovative ways of merging engineering fundamentals and research applications.

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