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Choose either paid registration or scholarship application.

Scholarship applicants are not guaranteed a space, and scholarship winners will not be refunded paid registration.  

 

Click here for paid registration beginning at 10 a.m. on March 1, 2017.

  Be advised that several camps are already full. Others are filling quickly. 

 

Click here for camp scholarship applications beginning February 1, 2017. 

Please note applications are due April 1 and winners notified May 1. 

Rates: $200 for half-day camp, $375 for full-day camps.

Please visit this page for answers to Frequently Asked Questions.

Week 1 June 5-9, 2017 

LEGO Robotics I (4th- 5th grades) June 5-9, 8:30 a.m. to Noon, NCAT, $200 We're sorry! This camp is full. 

Camp description: Beginners explore the world of robotics using the LEGO EV3 kits. Campers will work with a partner to build robots with motors and sensors, then program these robots to perform tasks and respond to their environment. Learn about basic programming, problem solving, and teamwork. No prior LEGO Robotics experience is necessary.

Format: This is a half-day camp that meets in the morning. A snack is included. 

Location: This camp will meet in Building 200, Room M165 of the National Center for Aviation Training, 4004 N Webb Rd, Wichita. Open parking is immediately adjacent.

Lead instructor: Steve Smith is a math teacher at Christa McAuliffe Academy in Wichita. In 2015, he was one of three math teachers in Kansas to be named a state finalist for the Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching. He has been working with LEGO robotics for 16 years. He leads several robotics summer camps, coaches robotics teams at his school, and trains parents and teachers in LEGO robotics through Wichita State University.

LEGO Robotics I (6th-8th grades) June 5-9, 1 p.m. to 4:30 p.m., NCAT, $200 We're sorry! This camp is full.

Camp description: Beginners explore the world of robotics using the LEGO EV3 kits. Campers will work with a partner to build robots with motors and sensors, then program these robots to perform tasks and respond to their environment. Learn about basic programming, problem solving, and teamwork. No prior LEGO Robotics experience is necessary.

Format: This is a half-day camp that meets in the afternoon. A daily snack is included. 

Location: This camp will meet in Building 200, Room M165 of the National Center for Aviation Training, 4004 N Webb Rd, Wichita. Open parking is immediately adjacent.

Lead instructor: Steve Smith is a math teacher at Christa McAuliffe Academy in Wichita. In 2015, he was one of three math teachers in Kansas to be named a state finalist for the Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching. He has been working with LEGO robotics for 16 years. He leads several robotics summer camps, coaches robotics teams at his school, and trains parents and teachers in LEGO robotics through Wichita State University.

Week 2: June 12-16, 2017

Go Baby Go (Applied Design) (10th-12th grades) Jun 12-15, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., WSU Campus, $375 

Camp description: Campers will work in teams to modify four off-the-shelf toy ride-on cars for four local children with mobility challenges. They will receive hands-on training on designing, wiring, soldering, basic construction skills, and following a budget.

Format: This is an all-day camp that meets Monday through Thursday from 8:30 to 4:30 p.m. Campers will eat lunch on campus. A daily snack is included. 

Location: Camp will meet in the new Experiential Engineering Building on WSU's Innovation Campus near 17th and Oliver, Wichita.  

Lead instructor: Samantha Corcoran is an engineering educator with bacherlor's and master's degrees from Wichita State in industrial and manufacturing engineering who has also served as an assistant dean and scholarship coordinator. She previously worked for seven years as an industrial engineer at Hawker Beechcraft.

LEGO Robotics II, (4th-5th grades) June 12-16, 8:30 a.m. to Noon, NCAT, $200 We're sorry! This camp is full.

Camp description:  The theme of this year's advanced camp is "Robot Driving School." Learn to build and program robots using the LEGO EV3 robotics kits. Campers will work with a partner to design robots with motors and sensors, then use those robots to follow the "rules of the road" and obey all traffic laws. Campers should have completed LEGO Robotics I or have comparable LEGO Robotics experience to enroll.

Format: This is a half-day camp that meets in the morning. A daily snack is included. 

Location: This camp will meet in Building 200, Room M165 of the National Center for Aviation Training, 4004 N Webb Rd, Wichita. Open parking is immediately adjacent.

Lead instructor: Steve Smith is a math teacher at Christa McAuliffe Academy in Wichita. In 2015, he was one of three math teachers in Kansas to be named a state finalist for the Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching. He has been working with LEGO robotics for more than15 years. He leads several robotics summer camps, coaches robotics teams at his school, and trains parents and teachers in LEGO robotics through Wichita State University.

LEGO Robotics II, (6th-8th grades) June 12-16, 1 p.m. to 4:30 p.m., NCAT Campus, $200 We're sorry! This camp is full.

Camp description: The theme of this year's advanced camp is "Robot Driving School." Learn to build and program robots using the LEGO EV3 robotics kits. Campers will work with a partner to design robots with motors and sensors, then use those robots to follow the "rules of the road" and obey all traffic laws. Campers should have completed LEGO Robotics I or have comparable LEGO Robotics experience to enroll.

Format: This is a half-day camp that meets in the afternoon. A daily snack is included. 

Location: This camp will meet in Building 200, Room M165 of the National Center for Aviation Training, 4004 N Webb Rd, Wichita. Open parking is immediately adjacent.

Lead instructor: Steve Smith is a math teacher at Christa McAuliffe Academy in Wichita. In 2015, he was one of three math teachers in Kansas to be named a state finalist for the Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching. He has been working with LEGO robotics for more than 15 years. He leads several robotics summer camps, coaches robotics teams at his school, and trains parents and teachers in LEGO robotics through Wichita State University.

Week 3, Jun 19-23, 2017

Women in Engineering (7th-9th grades) June 19-22, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., WSU Campus, $375

Camp description: Come meet real-life women engineers and do fun hands-on activities as they teach you about the different disciplines of engineering. Campers will get a tour to see a woman engineer at work.

Location: Campers will meet on the Wichita State University main campus. A daily lunch is included. 

Lead instructor: Samantha Corcoran has a master's degree in industrial engineering with experience in manufacturing and lean improvements from her time at Hawker Beechcraft. She is an engineering educator at Wichita State University College of Engineering and teaches classes including introduction to engineering, service learning, and industrial engineering senior design. 

Scratch Programming I (4th-5th grades) June 19-23, 8:30 a.m. to Noon, WSU Campus, $200 We're sorry! This camp is full.

Camp description: Scratch is a multimedia learning tool designed to help students learn computer programming fundamentals by creating stories, games, and animations. Scratch provides an engaging environment and workflow, so that students can explore their creativity while learning technical concepts. No computer programming experience necessary for this camp.

Format: This is a half-day camp that meets in the morning. A daily snack is included. 

Location: This camp meets in Donald Beggs Hall Lobby on the Wichita State University main campus.

Lead instructor:  TBD

Scratch Programming I (6th-8th grade) June 19-23, 1 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. WSU Campus, $200 We're sorry! This camp is full.

Camp description:  Scratch is a multimedia learning tool designed to help students learn computer programming fundamentals by creating stories, games, and animations. Scratch provides an engaging environment and workflow, so that students can explore their creativity while learning technical concepts. No computer programming experience necessary for this camp.

Format: This is a half-day camp that meets in the afternoon. A daily snack is included. 

Location: This camp meets in Donald Beggs Hall Lobby on the Wichita State University main campus.

Lead instructor:  TBD

Week 4 June 26-30, 2017


High School Biomedical Engineering, (10th-12th grades) June 26-29, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., WSU Campus, $375 We're sorry! This camp is full!

Camp description: The camp is designed for high school students interested in science, mathematics, engineering and medical or health professions. Campers will be introduced to the field of biomedical engineering. Biomedical engineers design and develop machines and materials that can be used to improve human health and well-being. Campers will interact with college instructors and students, engaging in fun and exciting hands-on, team projects, working to address real-life health challenges.

Format: This is an all-day camp that meets Monday through Thursday. A daily lunch is included. 

Location: This camp meets in Donald Beggs Hall on the Wichita State University main campus.  Campers will meet in the lobby hall and work in biomedical engineering laboratories throughout the research building,

Lead instructor: Dr. Gary Brooking is a member of the faculty of WSU Biomedical Engineering Department. He currently teaches a number of experiential learning courses including Capstone Design at WSU. He brings industrial and academic experience and a passion for medical devices and assistive technology applications. This will be his third year to lead a biomedical engineering camp. 

Rube Goldberg Design (7th-9th grades) June 26-30, 8:30 a.m. to Noon, WSU Campus, $200 Hurry! This camp is almost full.

Camp description: Remember the game Mousetrap? Come build your own Rube Goldberg cause-and-effect machine using basic circuits and the principles of simple machines.

Format: This is a half-day camp that meets in the morning. A daily snack is included. 

Location: Campers will meet on the Wichita State University main campus. 

Lead instructor: Samantha Corcoran has a Masters degree in industrial engineering with experience in manufacturing and lean improvements from her time at Hawker Beechcraft. She is an engineering educator at Wichita State University College of Engineering and teaches classes including introduction to engineering, service learning, and industrial engineering senior design.

Week 5: July 10-14, 2017

High School Aerospace Engineering (10th-12th grades) July 10-13, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., WSU Campus, $375

Camp description: Campers will learn the basics of aerospace engineering. Participants will perform group activities/experiments that highlight underlying concepts

Format: This is all-day camp that meets Monday through Thursday. A daily lunch is included.

Location: This camp meets in Donald Beggs Hall and elsewhere on the Wichita State University main campus.

Lead instructor: Chris Wyant is a WSU engineering educator and a former Project Lead The Way teacher at Wichita East High School. This will be his third year leading the aerospace engineering camp. 

High School Electric Circuitry Camp (10th-12th grades) July 10-14, 8;30 a.m. to Noon

Camp description: Campers will learn about and work hands-on with electrical components such as resistors, capacitors, voltage source and diodes.Campers will work on the NI Elvis prototyping  board to build simple electrical circuit like resistors in series and parallel combinations, and measure the voltage across each element and current passing through each element.

Format: This is a half-day camp that meets Monday through Friday on the WSU Campus in Wallace Hall in the electrical circuits lab used by college classes. A daily snack is included. 

Lead instructor: Dr. Perlekar Tamtam is an engineering educator in the faculty of WSU’s Engineering Technology Program and EECS Department. He received his PhD in electrical engineering from WSU in 2012. His research work involves smart grid, energy storage, and renewable energy resources. He has been teaching circuits every semester since 2009 at WSU. 

Week 6, July 17-20, 2017

Intro to Vex Robotics, (7th-9th grades) July 17-20, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., WSU Campus*, $375 We're sorry! This camp is full. 

Camp description: This camp will help teach robotics design, problem-solving, project management, team-building, and presentation skills. Campers will spend work with the VEX robotic system. This camp will provide good preparation for campers interested in transitioning from LEGO Robotics to Kansas BEST Robotics teams.

Format: This is a full-day camp that meets Monday through Thursday. Daily lunch is provided.

Location: This camp meets on the Wichita State University main campus. 

Lead instructor: .Dr. Perlekar Tamtam is an engineering educator in the faculty of WSU’s Engineering Technology Program and EECS Department. He received his PhD in electrical engineering from WSU in 2012. He worked as a coordinator for VEX Robotics Camp in 2015 and VEX Robotics camp director in 2016. 

Hotweelz Camp (4th-5th grades) July 17-21, 8:30 a.m. to Noon, WSU Campus, $200 We're sorry! This camp is full.

Camp Description: Learn concepts of engineering and computer-assisted design by building your own toy car using software and 3D printing. 

Format: This camp will meet half-days Monday through Thursday in the morning, and then a follow-up Friday a week later. (This is necessary to allow time for 3D printing the cars.)  A daily snack is included. 

Location: This camp will meet in the new Experiential Engineering Building on the WSU Innovation Campus near 17th and Oliver. 

Lead instructor: TBA

Hotweelz Camp (6th-8th grades) July 17-21, 1 p.m. to 4:30 p.m., WSU Campus, $200 We're sorry! This camp is full.

Camp Description: Learn concepts of engineering and computer-assisted design by building your own toy car using software and 3D printing.

Format: This camp will meet half-days Monday through Thursday in the afternoon, and then a follow-up Friday a week later. (This is necessary to allow time for 3D printing the cars.)  A daily snack is included.

Location: This camp will meet in the new Experiential Engineering Building on the WSU Innovation Campus near 17th and Oliver.

Lead instructor: TBA

Week 7: July 24-28, 2017

High School Cybersecurity Camp, (9th-12th grades) July 24-28, 8:30 a.m. to Noon, NCAT, $200

This camp is by scholarship application only. Please click this link for the application. Anyone may apply regardless of need or demographics. 

Camp description: Campers will participate in a cyber exercise designed to expose them to cyber defense and offense in a safe and fun environment.  They will learn to work as a team, and use cyber skills to accomplish exercise objectives.

Format: This is a half day camp that meets Monday through Friday. A daily snack is included. 

Location:  This camp meets at the National Center for Aviation Training (NCAT) at 4004 N. Webb Rd., Wichita, KS. 

Lead instructor: Lt. Col Andrew VanderZiel is the current commander of the 299th Network Operations Security Squadron and is responsible for protecting the nationwide Air National Guard cybernetwork.  He spent the previous ten years challenging Air Force and DoD network cyber defenders, as a member of Air Force Cyber Red Teams.