Design a Summer to Remember!

For more than 30 years, the Arizona Summer Engineering Academy (SEA) has offered summer outreach programs for rising 10th through 12th graders, as well as graduated seniors, who want to learn more about engineering – and get a taste of life as a Wildcat! SEA attendees:

  • Work with professors, graduate students and undergraduate student on design projects and hands-on activities
  • Meet mentors and learn about engineering degreesresearch and careers
  • Explore the UA campus, facilities and community
  • Learn about pursuing engineering majors in college, while making meaningful connections with peers who share similar interests and passions.

VIRTUAL CAMP DATES & THEMES

Back by popular demand! Join faculty, staff and student mentors and participate in live, hands-on activities themed around society's grand challenges. Each virtual bundle will include a unique activity kit shipped to your home.* Planned bundles (subject to change) include:

  • Engineering Our Earth (and beyond!): June 13 - 15 | $150
    • Environmental Engineering
    • Biosystems Engineering
    • Architectural & Civil Engineering
  • Engineering Our Technology: June 20 - 22 | $150
    • Software Engineering & Engineering Management
    • Electrical & Computer Engineering
    • Optical Sciences & Engineering
  • Engineering Our Health: June 29 - July 1 | $150
    • Biomedical Engineering
    • Systems & Industrial Engineering
    • Chemical Engineering 
  • Engineering Our Society: July 18 – 20 | $150
    • Mining Engineering
    • Aerospace & Mechanical Engineering
    • Materials Science & Engineering

*We cannot guarantee international shipping.

NEW FOR 2022! “DAY AT SEA” IN-PERSON PROGRAMS

Please note that this is not an overnight camp. Participants will be dropped off and picked up on the day of the event. “Day at SEA” is a one-day in-person event. Participants will engage in hands-on engineering activities at the University of Arizona campus and learn about the world of engineering firsthand from current faculty, staff and/or students. Each “Day at SEA” will be distinct. So join us for one or for all and expand your understanding of what it means to be an engineer.

  • June 17: Electrical & Computer Engineering and Optical Sciences & Engineering | $50
  • June 24: Environmental Engineering and Software Engineering | $50
  • June 27: Mining Engineering and Civil Engineering | $50
  • July 14: Biosystems Engineering and Materials Science & Engineering | $50
  • July 15: Aerospace & Mechanical Engineering and Biomedical Engineering | $50
  • July 22: Systems & Industrial Engineering, Architectural Engineering, and “Day at SEA” Capstone Activities

Registration is now open! Register now, as a limited number of tickets are available for each program, and some programs have begun to sell out!

Are you a Cochise County Resident? 
Make sure to contact engr-sea@arizona.edu about a unique sponsorship opportunity provided by The University of Arizona Applied Research Corporation.

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Summer Camp Employment for Current Students

Summer Engineering Academy 2021 employed five current undergraduate students from engineering-related majors to work as part-time virtual counseling and administrative staff.  We are always looking for current students who are interested in gaining leadership skills, working to inspire youth in STEM and serving their community. Previous experience working with youth is a plus, but not required. Applications for summer 2022 will be available in spring. Interested in learning more? Contact engr-sea@arizona.edu.


Supporters

Donors have been integral to the growth of the Summer Engineering Academy. From scholarship support to curriculum development and supplies, every donation has a direct impact on making the program a success and inspiring the next generation of engineers.

A special thanks to our sponsors:


For information on how you can support the Summer Engineering Academy, please contact the SEA staff at engr-sea@arizona.edu.

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FAQs

  1. Do I need any engineering background to attend camp?
    No, you do not need any engineering background for these camps! The programs are open to everyone within the age range listed and interested in learning about engineering. We welcome students from all schooling backgrounds, including homeschooled students. However, our camps are best-suited for a certain type of individual. Students who do well in our camp enjoy science, technology, and engineering and/or mathematics courses or extracurricular activities.

  2. What is the registration process?
    Registration for this summer opens in March 2022.

    If the bundle you are interested in is full, please email engr-sea@email.arizona.edu to be added to the waitlist.  Please format your email as follows:
    Subject: SEA 2022 (followed by the name of the bundle or Day at SEA you wish to attend)

    In the body, please include: First and last name, grade you will be in the next academic year, best phone number to be reached at.

  3. Can I receive a refund?**
    A portion of your registration fee is non-refundable.  However, you are likely eligible for a partial refund, depending on the circumstances.

    Virtual Programs: Registrations canceled prior to the shipping of a kit will be refunded the paid registration minus a $25 non-refundable fee. Registrations canceled after the shipping of a kit will be refunded the paid registration minus $100 to cover the cost of the kit plus shipping.

    "Day at SEA”: Fully refundable if canceled with a two week or greater notice.  If canceled with a 3-14 day notice, the refund will equal the paid registration fee minus a $25 non-refundable fee.

    Cancelations with less than a three day notice are non-refundable.
    **The service fee charged by Eventbrite is non-refundable.

  4. Are scholarships available?
    We've reduced our rates in an effort to make the program accessible to all, and also offer some discount codes for select groups. However, need-based scholarships are still available.  Scholarships are available in the form of a partial refund or discount code. You will have the option through the registration process to indicate you interest in being considered for a need-based scholarship.

    Upon receipt of your registration, our team will email the link to a scholarship application. We will need a completed application submitted by specified deadline to be considered for need-based scholarships.

    By registering and paying the registration fee up front, you secure your place in SEA; however, this does not guarantee that you will be awarded a scholarship. 
    If you are having trouble paying the registration fee up front, contact the SEA Team at engr-sea@arizona.edu.

  5. What is the time commitment?
    SEA virtual programs run from approximately 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Arizona Time. There will be a daily lunch period ranging from 30 minutes to one hour each day. Bundles are three-day long programs.

    In-person Day at SEA events are single day programs. These programs will also run from approximately 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Some dates will require an earlier drop-off time or pick-up time if off-site activities are planned. Participants will be dropped off and picked up on the day of the event; more details will be shared closer to the event date. There is no overnight option for consecutive Days at SEA.

    The College of Engineering staff will be hosting free college prep programming throughout the summer; all campers will be welcome to participate in additional/optional programming.  Participants will be notified via email when special programming is scheduled.

  6. What is included in the fee for the camp?
    The fee covers the cost of hosting the event for your student as well as covering our undergraduate student staff. The registration fee also covers the cost of all program experiences, including hands-on activity kits, shipping (virtual programs), supplies needed throughout the week, instruction and supervision by camp staff and UA faculty/graduate students, and some awesome SEA swag!

    For "Day at SEA," the fee also covers lunch (up to $12).

  7. Where do I enter my promo code?
    If you have a promo code you must click "Enter promo code" at the top of the event selection page; this is the page that populates after you click on the green "register" button. You will not find it during the checkout process.