Summer Academy

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The College of Engineering Summer Academy will be held on the campus of Wayne State University. The program provides opportunities for K-12 students to help them explore the fields of engineering and computer science by teaching them skills that are necessary for those fields through project-based learning.

Weekly camps

  • July 18th - August 12th, 2022
  • Mondays- Fridays
  • 8:30 am - 4:30 pm 
  • Extended Care: 7:30 am-8:30 am & 4:30 pm-5:30 pm 

Camp fee

  • Rising 1st-8th grade weekly engineering summer camps- $500
  • Rising 9th-12th grade C2 Pipeline summer camps- $40
  • Rising 10th-12th grade Warriors College Experience- $150 (includes housing, meals, supplies and field trips)

Scholarships

The Office of Community Engagement and K-12 Outreach partners with non-profit organizations that offer scholarships and financial assistance to students interested in attending the Summer Academy. 

Location

Students are welcomed to an in-person program held on the campus of Wayne State University. While supervised by program staff, students have the opportunity to experience a taste of collegiate life, attend classes in engineering and computer science labs and eat in dining halls.

Professional Staff Facilitated by experienced Wayne State University engineering faculty and staff. Engineering graduate and undergraduate students serve as peer mentors and instructors. All staff are background checked and receive training in child safety, first aid, and CPR.

Lunch

Students will enjoy lunch daily inside the university's Towers Café which may accommodate food allergies, vegetarian, and Halal.

Field trips

Field trips are planned weekly. Students will walk to and from field trip locations. Walking distance are less than a ½ mile from campus. Students are shuttled to further distances.

Swag

Each registered student receives one t-shirt. Students are expected to wear their t-shirts daily.

Demonstration day

There will be a weekly demonstration day on the last day of each session providing students an opportunity to present their finished project and receive a certificate.

Extended care

For an additional fee families will have an opportunity to sign their up for before/after care.

  • Before Care - $10 
  • After Care - $10 
  • Before/After Care - $20 
  • Minecraft Creators: Introduction to Survival Play (rising 1st - 3rd graders)

    In this adventures and gameplay camp, students will learn Minecraft basics in building and design. They will work in creative mode to master Redstone circuitry basics and experience an introduction to survival mode. This camp will challenge students to work as a team in small and large groups to complete creative assignments. At the end of the week, students will present their creations in the Minecraft world.

    Dates: July 18-July 22, 2022
    Time: 8:30 am- 4:30 pm

  • LEGO Movie Making & Audio Engineering (rising 1st - 3rd graders)

    Ready, Set, Action! Bring out your inner movie-maker with this film-engineering camp. Students will create a story, design a set, and learn basic film-making skills for camera movement and blocking. Using lessons on sound design and animation, students will work as a team to create a realistic animation project, complete with an engineered soundtrack.

    Dates: July 25-July 29, 2022
    Time: 8:30 am- 4:30 pm

  • Technology Toys (rising 1st - 3rd graders)

    Play and learn in this STEM toy camp! Students in this camp will learn principles of basic coding, robotics electronics, and structure creation through the variety of technology toys available to us. Students will experience playing and learning with LEGO robotic kits, Sphero robotic toys, drones, Makey-Makey coding sets, and so many more!

    Dates: August 1-August 5, 2022
    Time: 8:30 am-4:30 pm

  • Coding and Game Design (rising 1st - 3rd graders)

    Learn to code in an interactive learning environment! Students will learn the fundamentals of coding and strengthen computer science skills using miniature-applications in coding. Students will practice programming basics and application to video-game design.

    Dates: August 8-August 12, 2022
    Time: 8:30 am-4:30 pm

  • Animation Engineers: Blender Basics (rising 4th - 5th graders)

    Calling all animators! This introductory camp to the Blender program will teach students the basics of Blender for Animation in 2D. Students will use the Blender software interface to design their own animated story. Topics include background design, character creation, drawing, painting, and the basics of animated storytelling. At the end of the week, the students will each have their very own animated story to present.

    Dates: August 1- August 5, 2022
    Time: 8:30 am-4:30 pm

  • Minecraft Adventures: Survival Mode (rising 4th-5th graders)

    In this Minecraft-based camp, students will play in survival mode to master intermediate Redstone circuitry and complete game challenges in small and large groups. Students new to Minecraft will experience an introduction to the basics in survival mode. At the end of the week, students will present their creations and experiences in the Minecraft world.

    Dates: July 25-July 29, 2022
    Time: 8:30 am-4:30 pm

  • Future Engineers: Intermediate (rising 4th-5th graders)

    This camp provides students with the opportunity for engineering exploration through teamwork and daily challenges. Throughout the week, students will be exposed to multiple engineering disciplines and various STEM tools. Students will utilize robotic toys, drones, and programmable LEGOs to complete building challenges and participate in themed daily activities.

    Dates: July 18-July 22, 2022
    Time: 8:30 am- 4:30 pm

  • Coding and Game Design (rising 4th-5th graders)

    Learn to code in an interactive learning environment! Students build upon the fundamentals of coding and strengthen computer science skills using miniature-applications in coding while completing project-based tasks. Students will practice programming and application to video-game design while creating their own in-game scenarios.

    Dates: August 8-August 12, 2022
    Time: 8:30 am-4:30 pm

  • Animation Engineers: 3D Creations (rising 6th-8th graders)

    Calling all animators! This camp will focus on an introduction to animation in 3D. Students will use the Blender software interface to design their own background and character elements, with the goal of later incorporating their skills into video game design. Topics include full background design with standalone elements, drawing, painting, creating wireframes for characters, and elements of creative storytelling. At the end of the week, students will have the knowledge of and experience of animation in Blender to apply to video game design.

    Dates: July 18-July 22, 2022
    Time: 8:30 am-4:30 pm

  • Minecraft Adventures: Survival Challenge (rising 6th-8th graders)

    In this Minecraft survival camp, students will work to master advanced Redstone circuitry in order to create machines to provide essential items in survival mode. Students will complete group game challenges while learning to navigate and set up bases and resources for game survival. This camp will include adventures to the nether and the experience of game-play in a custom-made Minecraft world.

    Dates: August 1-August 5, 2022
    Time: 8:30 am-4:30 pm

  • Future Engineers: Advanced (rising 6th-8th graders)

    This camp provides students with the opportunity for engineering exploration through teamwork and project-based learning. Throughout the week, students will work to design and build a working structure using robotic toys, STEM tools, and a variety of materials. Creativity and thinking “outside of the box” is encouraged, as students are presented will be challenged each day to adapt their structures to new scenarios.

    Dates: July 25-July 29, 2022
    Time: 8:30 am-4:30 pm

  • Robotics: Robo Wars (rising 6th-8th graders)

    Build a robot in this exciting engineering challenge! Students will work to complete an electronic machine that will be put through various challenges during the week. Students will learn problem-solving skills and put their creativity to the test as they compete against their fellow-campers in robot competitions.

    Dates: August 8-August 12, 2022
    Time: 8:30 am-4:30 pm

  • Cyber Security: Hacking Heroes (rising 9th-12th graders)

    Learn all about cybersecurity & ethical hacking, including being able to hack wireless routers, crack passwords and so much more!

    Students attending C2 Pipeline funded schools are eligible for the C2 Pipeline Summer Scholarship.

    Dates: June 20-June 23, 2022
    Time: 8:30 am- 4:30 pm

  • Minecraft (rising 9th-12th graders)

    Participants will create their own Minecraft levels and learn JAVA programming to take part in exciting Minecraft design challenges.

    Students attending C2 Pipeline funded schools are eligible for the C2 Pipeline Summer Scholarship.

    Two sessions offered: June 20-June 23, 2022 or July 18-July 21, 2022
    Time: 8:30 am- 4:30 pm

  • Aviators & Engineers (rising 9th-12th graders)

    Learn about the world of flight and space technology with firsthand, exhilarating experiences and instruction in aerospace engineering.

    Students attending C2 Pipeline funded schools are eligible for the C2 Pipeline Summer Scholarship.

    Dates: June 27-June 30, 2022
    Time: 8:30 am- 4:30 pm

  • Construction Technology (rising 9th-12th graders)

    Learn about Civil Engineering as you participate in creative tasks and learn the essentials of the construction design and management field today.

    Students attending C2 Pipeline funded schools are eligible for the C2 Pipeline Summer Scholarship.

    Dates: June 27-June 30, 2022
    Time: 8:30 am- 4:30 pm

  • Drones (rising 9th-12th graders)

    Learn all about drones, UAVs and automated vehicles in this fun, hands-on camp.

    Students attending C2 Pipeline funded schools are eligible for the C2 Pipeline Summer Scholarship.

    Dates: July 11-July 14, 2022
    Time: 8:30 am- 4:30 pm

  • eSports (rising 9th-12th graders)

    Do you like to play competitive video games against other talented players in a competition-driven, team environment? If yes, sign up today.

    Students attending C2 Pipeline funded schools are eligible for the C2 Pipeline Summer Scholarship.

    Dates: July 11-July 14, 2022
    Time: 8:30 am- 4:30 pm

  • Mindstorm Robotics (rising 9th-12th graders)

    Challenge fellow campers and their LEGO® Mindstorm robots to exciting challenges in this lively, project-based learning enviroment.

    Students attending C2 Pipeline funded schools are eligible for the C2 Pipeline Summer Scholarship.

    Dates: July 11-July 14, 2022
    Time: 8:30 am- 4:30 pm

  • Engineering in Medicine (rising 9th-12th graders)

    In Engineering in Medicine, students will learn about the collaboration that happens between the engineering and medical fields.

    Students attending C2 Pipeline funded schools are eligible for the C2 Pipeline Summer Scholarship.

    Dates: July 18-July 21, 2022
    Time: 8:30 am- 4:30 pm

  • Programming with Python (rising 9th-12th graders)

    Design and code. Build and test. Run and debug. Learn about coding with Python in this interactive camp.

    Students attending C2 Pipeline funded schools are eligible for the C2 Pipeline Summer Scholarship.

    Dates: July 18-July 21, 2022
    Time: 8:30 am- 4:30 pm

  • Explore 3-D Design (rising 9th-12th graders)

    Learn the components of how to operate a 3D printer in this exciting summer camp. We'll be learning about how to create various designs on Tinkercad, then printing our creations on a 3D printer.

    Students attending C2 Pipeline funded schools are eligible for the C2 Pipeline Summer Scholarship.

    Dates: June 27-June 30, 2022
    Time: 8:30 am-4:30 pm

  • Warriors College Experience (rising 10th-12th graders)

    Get a head start on college this summer at WSU! Join us for 11 days on campus - live in the dorms, take classes and compete for scholarships.

    * The cost of Warriors College Experience is $150, which includes housing, meals, supplies and field trips. 

    Students attending C2 Pipeline funded schools are eligible for the C2 Pipeline Summer Scholarship.

    Dates: July 25-August 4
    Duration: Two weeks, overnight experience