Tech Camp

Applications for 2017 are now closed.

Are you a high school student interested in exercising your imagination and building things with your hands? Are you interested in learning more about engineering? Need some fun creating new things this summer? Want to get a competitive edge on your peers? The UCLA Henry Samueli School of Engineering and Applied Science (HSSEAS) in conjunction with the Engineering Science Corps Outreach Program invites ambitious high school students to apply to the UCLA HSSEAS Summer High School Tech Camps.

This 4 week summer day-camp exposes rising sophomores and juniors to the creative nature of engineering through project-based activities and team challenges. Campers will experience working in HSSEAS’ state of the art Creativity Center along-side hand selected UCLA engineering student mentors under the direction of UCLA faculty and program staff.

Take your understanding of engineering to a new level at Tech Camp. Ignite your drive to explore and innovate through hands-on building projects. Learn about the many opportunities and pathways at the UCLA Henry Samueli School of Engineering and Applied Science. Get a taste of UCLA college-life as a participant in Tech Camp.

 

Camp Activity

Campers will be presented an engineering challenge at the start of each Camp. Technical tutorials and mentoring will provide context and skill required to complete the challenge. Working in small teams, participants will have an opportunity to design, build and test their technical creations as well as compete against others at the conclusion of the program. Participants can expect to spend approximately 6 hours a day in the Creativity Center lab working on their team projects. Undergraduate mentors will be in the lab supporting students throughout the day.

Presentations by UCLA students and staff

Campers have the opportunity to attend weekly Education and Career Pathway workshops presented by UCLA students, staff, and faculty. Included is an interactive discussion with current UCLA students. Examples of these workshops include: 1) pathways to college, 2) selecting and applying to UCLA HS-SEAS, and 3) opportunities and career pathways in science engineering. Lunch will be provided at these workshops.

Chat with Faculty

Campers will have the opportunity to chat one on one with the Tech Camp faculty about their research and hear about their pathways in engineering.

Tech Camp Finale

A culminating event and awards ceremony will be scheduled near the end of each Camp to showcase final projects by each team. Participants will be presented with certificates of completion and awards will be made for creativity and design achievement. Family and friends are encouraged to join in the Finale festivities.

Balancing Work & Fun

Balance is key to providing Campers a well-rounded experience. While the majority of each day will be spent in labs we certainly will take time for outdoor team building activities. Organized by our undergrad students, we will offer Campers some recreation time to interact with participants outside the lab. Critical “soft skills” that engineering companies have shared with UCLA Engineering will be discussed, practiced, and honed during these outdoor team-building activities.

Tech Camp Schedule (apply based on your availability)

Tech Camp 1 – Monday, June 26, 2017 – Friday, July 21, 2017 (no camp on July 4th)
Tech Camp 2 – Tuesday, July 25, 2017 – Friday, August 18, 2017
Monday – Friday 9:00 AM – 4:30 PM (Lunch not included)
* When applying please indicate your availability based on the schedule.

Benefits of Program

Earning admission to an engineering program at a world renown institution like UCLA is a competitive process. Campers will gain a competitive advantage on their peers by being exposed to engineering through Tech Camp. Campers will gain a unique experience to speak to while applying for further engineering opportunities.

Fun team challenges

  • Campers will have fun learning about engineering through hands-on work designing, building, and testing their prototypes.
  • 4 intense weeks working on a team with current UCLA engineering undergraduate student mentors hand-selected from our award-winning engineering design teams.
  • Students can expect a series of team challenges throughout Camp culminating in a final competition of prototypes at the Tech Camp Finale.

Exposure to engineering

  • Campers will learn more about specific engineering disciplines, the interdisciplinary nature of engineering, and impact of research.
  • Participants will be exposed to a number of engineering concepts. Examples from past camps include circuit design, programming, AutoCAD, and soldering to name a few.
  • Learn more about current research at UCLA Engineering.

Engineering Pathways

  • Strengthen your math and science knowledge while learning new engineering concepts on a technical project.
  • Learn about opportunities in engineering as a student and professional.
  • Hear valuable testimony from our current engineering students about their experiences selecting, applying to, and attending UCLA.
  • Learn about the admissions process to UCLA School of Engineering and how to strengthen your application.

Program Requirements

  • Targeting rising juniors (current sophomores) in high school (current freshmen and juniors may also apply).
  • Grade point average of 3.0 or above (unweighted).
  • Genuine interest in engineering and willingness to be challenged.

If you would like information about the application process for the 2017 program, please visit the Tech Camp application page to learn more about eligibility, application process and timeline, and tuition.

2017 Tech Camp Application opens December 2016!

For More Information

About Tech Camp or the application process and deadlines please contact or visit the Frequently Asked Questions page get helpful information on Tech Camp, housing availability and costs, and how Tech Camp differs from the High School Summer Research Program.

Our program flyer is available for those who would like to help us advertise this opportunity.

Frequently Asked Questions

Program Flyer

 

Past Tech Camp Projects

We keep it fresh! – Tech Camp projects change each year. The following projects have been hosted in past years:

 Tech Camp 2012 (inaugural year)

Team TechKnowledge

Mentors – Harsh Barbhaiya & David Garges

Participants completed a variety of projects that led up to a final robot design project. Preliminary projects included constructing a variety of interacting LED circuits, an Electric Field detector, and digital synthesizer. These circuit design skills are fundamental concepts used in any field of engineering or design.

Team Unstructured Intricacy

presented by UCLA Robotics

Mentors – Aamoy Gupta & Darwin Nelson

In this project, students used LEGO robot kit and LeJOS Java API to design and implement an autonomous robot that could process sensor data and navigate through a maze. This programming intensive project exposed students to design principles, basic motion models in physics, and coding.

 

 Tech Camp 2013

 

Team AutoMob

presented by UCLA SWE

Mentors – Denise Fan & Jenny Zhang

Team AutoMob will design and construct shoebox-sized cars operated by both electrical and mechanical components. Building upon a foundation of chemistry and physics, students will apply electrochemistry concepts to construct a voltage source, and mechanical principles to build their car from the ground up.

Team BattleBots

presented by UCLA ASME – BattleBots

Mentors – Dylan Blaschke & Kevin Christensen

ASME BattleBots provided participants the skill to design, build, and assemble a robot for hockey competition. Participants utilized SolidWorks, a computer-aided design software, to design basic parts for customized projects. Campers also had an opportunity to learn about basic circuits, electronic components, machining, and assembly.

Team TechKnowledge 2.0

presented by UCLA IEEE

Mentors – Kamal Kajouke & Derek Meng

The Team TechKnowledge 2.0 experience was an intense 4 week session composed of 10 software and hardware projects that build upon each other and lead up to a final autonomous obstacle-navigating robot project.

 

 

Tech Camp 2014

Team BattleBots

presented by UCLA ASME – BattleBots SAE

Mentors – Jean Luc Chamaa & Jenny Wang

Team BattleBots offered participants an introduction to Mechanical Engineering. Participants worked on several SolidWorks (AutoCAD) sub-projects leading to the design, build, and preparation of their HockeyBot to compete in a hockey tournament at the culmination of the program.

Team ElectroMedics

presented by UCLA IEEE

Mentors – Geronimo Felippini & Nicolo Maganzini

This project offered participants an introduction to electrical engineering, circuit design, soldering, and programming. Several sub-projects in circuit design and soldering provided scaffolding to complete the final project of designing, fabricating, and programming a medical monitoring device.

Team MemTech

presented by UCLA AIChE

Mentors – Joyce Lee & Halley Weinstock

Team MemTech received an introduction to chemical engineering, water-quality and filtration, and the importance of engineering in solving real-world problems. Participants were exposed to the emerging field of membrane technology by designing and building their own water filtration systems. Campers working on this project learned basic understanding of fluid mechanics, mass transfer, materials properties, and environmental impacts.

Team Seismic

presented by UCLA ASCE
Mentors – Sam Cummings & Ryan Worley
Campers were provided an introduction to civil engineering, including concepts in statics and dynamics, architectural design, and construction. Participants utilized SketchUp, a 3D modeling software, to design and build their bridge and tower projects. Modeled after undergraduate civil engineering competitions, Campers projects were tested to failure in our structures lab.

 

 

Tech Camp 2015

Team BattleBots

presented by UCLA ASME – BattleBots SAE

Mentors – Arielle Dobrowolski & Fadi Rafeedi

Team BattleBots offered participants an introduction to Mechanical Engineering. Participants worked on several SolidWorks (AutoCAD) sub-projects leading to the design, build, and preparation of their HockeyBot to compete in a hockey tournament at the culmination of the program.

Team Seismic

presented by UCLA ASCE

Mentors – Ariel Siegel & Camille Zhang

Team Seismic offered participants an introduction to Civil Engineering, with a focus on structural and seismic engineering. Participants built different structures with balsa wood and tested the strength of each in the UCLA Structures Lab.

Team ElectroMedics

presented by UCLA IEEE

Mentors – Will Li & Charles Zhao

Team Electromedics offered participants an introduction to Electrical Engineering. Participants gained knowledge of electrical engineering fundamentals, including breadboarding and soldering skills. Their projects culminated in the building of a medical sensing device.

Team MemTech

presented by UCLA AIChE

Mentors – Orion Burl & Michelle Cheng

Team MemTech offered participants an introduction to Chemical Engineering in solving real-world problems. Participants designed and built their own filtration system, mimicking the research and development phase in industry.

 

 

Tech Camp 2016

Team Seismic

presented by UCLA ASCE

Mentors – Bryan Hong & Kasey Murakami

Campers were provided an introduction to civil engineering, including concepts in statics and dynamics, architectural design, and construction. Participants utilized SketchUp, a 3D modeling software, to design and build their bridge and tower projects. Modeled after undergraduate civil engineering competitions, Campers projects were tested to failure in our structures lab.

Team BattleBots

presented by UCLA ASME – BattleBots SAE

Mentors – Sunny Tang & Joshua Dean Valerio

Team BattleBots offered participants an introduction to Mechanical Engineering. Participants worked on several SolidWorks (AutoCAD) sub-projects leading to the design, build, and preparation of their HockeyBot to compete in a hockey tournament at the culmination of the program.

Team ChemECar

presented by UCLA AIChE

Mentors – Brian Lui & Jennifer Zoffada

Team ChemECar offered participants an introduction to Chemical Engineering. Participants built on a small car completely powered and stopped by chemical reactions. Students tested their cars in a competition in which the car had to travel and stop an undetermined distance with an undetermined weight load.

Team ElectroBeats

presented by UCLA IEEE

Mentors – Leon Ho & Likai Wei

Team ElectroBeats offered participants an introduction to Electrical Engineering and the applications of solar energy. Participants learned circuit analysis, signal processing, power control, computer programming, and soldering. Students created an audio amplifier powered by a solar cell with a rechargeable battery.


 

For Campers – restricted

TC 2012 webpage (Log in as guest – enrollment key required)
TC 2013 Camp 1 webpage (Log in as guest – enrollment key required)
TC 2013 Camp 2 webpage (Log in as guest – enrollment key required)
TC 2014 Camp 1 webpage (Log in as guest – enrollment key required)
TC 2014 Camp 2 webpage (Log in as guest – enrollment key required)
TC 2015 Camp 1 webpage (Log in as guest – enrollment key required)
TC 2015 Camp 2 webpage (Log in as guest – enrollment key required)

For Tech Camp Mentors – restricted

2013 Tech Camp Mentors webpage (Log in as guest – enrollment key required)
2014 Tech Camp Mentors webpage (Log in as guest – enrollment key required)
2015 Tech Camp Mentors webpage (Log in as guest – enrollment key required)