Exploring Your Options in Mechanical Science and Engineering 2016

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Sun, 6/26/2016 - Sat, 7/2/2016
Please note: this event occurred in the past!

Event Type:

Summer Camp

Participation Details:

  • Fee required
  • Registration/Application required
  • Participation is limited:
    Open to HS rising juniors and seniors (graduating in 2017 or 2018)



  • 217-244-3517


Parent Program(s):




Exploring Mechanical Engineering is a week-long residential program that introduces high school rising juniors and seniors (graduating in 2017 or 2018) to the field of Mechanical Science and Engineering. Mechanical Engineering is all about building things! Mechanical engineers understand how machines work and how to design and construct new ones to solve challenging problems in the world. This camp will explore many of the exciting new topics in mechanical engineering, such as:

  • constructing wind turbines to harvest clean energy from nature
  • building robots to explore and clean up hazardous waste
  • creating prosthetics to help injured people walk again
  • making water treatment systems that run on sunlight for the developing world
  • Campers will get hands-on experience building and designing machines that make the world a better place, using all their creativity and problem-solving skills. The camp will also include field trips to on-site labs and nearby research and manufacturing companies.

Cost & Registration

  • The total camp fee for 2015 is $900, which covers tuition, housing, meals, and all fees for camp activities.
  • A deposit of $50 is due upon notification of acceptance into the program. Please do not send a deposit with the application materials.
  • Limited scholarships are available based upon financial need. (Scholarships supported in part by John Deere and Shell Corporation.)
  • If you are in need of financial assistance to attend camp, there is a box on your application. Please click “yes” and fill out the questions.
  • Visit WYSE Summer Camps Application for application specifics.

Application Open Dates

Applications will be accepted starting in February 2016 and ending April 15, 2016 by 5:00 p.m or until camps are full. Letters notifying applicants of their acceptance will be sent by email after complete applications have been thoroughly reviewed. A complete application includes a completed and returned recommendation from a teacher. The recommendation information is part of the application form and all done electronically. Please let your teacher know they will be receiving this via email and must complete it as soon as possible. WYSE cannot consider an application with this portion missing.

Space is limited and capped to the following for each session:

  • Exploring Your Options Session 1: 42 spaces
  • Exploring Your Options in MechSE: 24 spaces
  • Exploring Your Options Session 2: 42 spaces

Application Deadlines:

  • May 1, 2016- Deadline for reserving your spot in the WYSE camp. Registration and non-refundable $50 deposit must be completed.
  • May 29, 2016- Last day to submit full payment (remaining $850).

Application Notification:

  • Applicants will be notified of admittance no later than May 15th, 2016.

States Impacted:

University of Illinois
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