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K-12 Camp Opportunities

Are you interested in engineering? Do you want to experience life as a Mizzou Engineering student? Then Mizzou Engineering has a camp experience for you! Camps are offered for students as young as kindergarten all the way through high School.

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STEMette Summer Camp

STEMette is a week-long camp sponsored by the Columbia STEM Alliance in collaboration with the Mizzou College of Engineering and Columbia Public Schools.  Our goal is empowering young middle school girls in the areas of science, technology, math, and engineering. During a one-week STEM camp, each STEMette will be able to work with an array of tools, equipment, and machinery to complete multiple projects.

Camp Dates & Times:  June 22-26, 2020, with drop off at 8:15 and pick up at 5:15 every day.

Camp cost includes lunch and snacks, supplies, and activity costs. Scholarships available on an as need basis. The camp will take place in Lafferre Hall at the University of Missouri. Program cost is $225 which includes lunch and snacks, supplies, and activity costs. Scholarships available on an as needed basis. Apply now. Application deadline is May 1, 2020.


Grades: K-5  

Camp Date: Feb. 29, 2020

Apply by Feb. 16.

STEM Cubs is a free engineering day camp on the University of Missouri’s campus at the College of Engineering. The program emphasizes the importance of exploratory and experiential learning. STEM Cubs seeks to engage elementary-aged students from underrepresented and low-income backgrounds in activities related to Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics. A collaboration between the College of Engineering, College of Education, and the Division of Inclusion, Diversity & Equity’s Access and Leadership Development unit, STEM Cubs takes place three times a year: summer, fall, and spring. Space is limited, with applications available one month before each camp.

Contact: Hilary Mueller
Cost: Free
Registration: Contact Hilary Mueller for details

Balsa Bridge Middle School Competition

Grades: 6-8  

Competition Date: April 18, 2020
Application Deadline: October 15, 2019

Building model bridges promotes the study and application of physics and engineering and help students develop “hands-on” skills. Participating students get to experience what it is to be an engineer, designing structures to a set of specifications and then see them perform their function. Bring your team and build the lightest bridge capable of supporting the heaviest load. Teams design, build and load-test a 36” scaled bridge using balsa wood and wood glue. Teams will be made up of 4-5 students who will design, construct and test the bridge at MU College of Engineering.

Contact: Aaron Saucier, MizzouBridgeCorps@missouri.edu
Sponsored by: University of Missouri College of Engineering
Registration: engineering.missouri.edu/mizzoubridgecorps

Lego Camps

Grades: 2-9 
2019 Dates:
June 14-16; July 19-21; August 16-18

Learn science, engineering, life sciences and communication skills by building and programming robots using the LEGO EV3s in fun, hands-on, real-world problem solving activities. Instructors are engineering students with professional experience in robotics. Students will learn by working in small teams to design and build working robots and program them to perform tasks. Children are grouped based on grade level. No prior experience with LEGO or LEGO EV3 is necessary.

Contact: Jason Huddleston
Cost: $125 for two-day camps, $200 for three-day camps. Includes lunch, CD and insurance.
Time: 9 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Engineering High School Day

Grades: 9-12
Date: November 2, 2019
Time: 8 am – 9 pm

High School Day is a semi-annual event hosted by the Mizzou Engineering Student Council where high school students will be introduced to each of our engineering departments and given a tour of Mizzou’s incredible campus. Students will work on design challenges, meet professors, and even explore Lafferre Hall as part of a spectacular scavenger hunt! Students will also be able to interact with Student Council representatives who can retell their experiences of being an engineer at Mizzou. In addition, students will be fed all day, receive a t-shirt, and participate in a recreational activity at the end of the day.

Contact: Recruitment Office
Cost: $40

Find more info here.

High School Summer Camp

Grades: 9-12  Dates: Session 1: July 12-17, 2020, Session 2: July 19-24, 2020

Are you interested in engineering? Do you want to experience life as a Mizzou Engineering student? Then the Mizzou Engineering High School Summer Camp is for you! Hear presentations from each of the departments and work on hands-on projects designed to give students a taste of what each discipline specializes in. These projects include building balsa wood bridges, designing and creating super balls, building soda bottle rockets, constructing circuits, coding on computers and more. You will also receive the full Mizzou campus experience, staying in the dorms and getting a taste of what our campus dining options have to offer. You will also have the chance to make good use of the pool facilities at the rec center and several other campus activities.

Contact: Recruitment Office
Cost: $500

Register here. Find more info here.

Summers @ Mizzou: Network Forensics for Hacker Trackers

Ages: 14-18  Dates: July 15-19

Do you like playing detective for investigating cyber attacks? Are you interested in learning tools and coding for detecting cyber attacks and developing cool visualizations to track cyber attacks? Here you will assume the role of expert witnesses by conducting a network forensics investigation to catch cyber-criminals who were attacking a “Good online gaming” company. You will learn coding with a database and analyze attacks with tools such as Wireshark and Snort. You will also collect evidence to demonstrate to the jury the geographical location of the “cyber-criminal mafia” and the extent of damage caused for compensation.

Contact: Prasad Calyam,  or Teresa Bishop at 573-884-0554,
Cost: $600 before June 1, $370 for commuter only (scholarships available)
Registration: Open until June 1 or camp is full.

Merit Badge Day

Grades: Scouts of all ages  Dates: Oct. 3, 2020

The College of Engineering is co-sponsoring the Mizzou Merit Badge University 2020 with the Great Rivers Council Scouts of America. There will be more than 1,000 scouts on the Mizzou campus on Saturday, Oct. 3, 2020 from 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Scouts of all ages from the state of Missouri and beyond will learn a variety of subjects from counselors (instructors).

Contact: David Harris, 573.999.7525,  or Nicole Fickel, 573.884.7004
Cost: $22 per scout
Time: 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Registration: opens June 15, more info click here

Annual Robotics Design Challenge

Robotics Design Challenge is an event for K-8 youth, where they build LEGO-robots with a variety of sensors, and program them to accomplish a given task.

Daughter Engineering Day

Daughter Engineering Day is an opportunity for current sixth through ninth grade girls and their parent or guardian to attend the Women in Engineering’s annual Daughter Engineering Day. Students and families will learn about Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) career possibilities, participate in hands-on engineering activities, interact with the Society of Women Engineers and COE faculty. The event is FREE to all students and has limited seats.

The all-day event will be held next in the Spring of 2021.

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