Exploring Science Technology Engineering and Math

Camp Connect

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What is Camp Connect?

Camp Connect is a week-long day camp that introduces students to a variety of engineering disciplines such as Electrical, Computer, Industrial, Mechanical, Aerospace, Civil, Environmental, Construction, and Computer Science. Students participate in activities, informative presentations, and exciting virtual lab tours while getting a chance to meet our wonderful faculty and students!

Camp Connect I: (Online)

What: Camp Connect I introduces students to various engineering fields through activities, presentations, and virtual lab tours. Each day focuses on a different department and activities are led by our own faculty and students.

Who: Rising 8th through 11th graders with a goal of increasing underrepresented communities (i.e. women, Hispanic, African American, Latino, American Indian/Alaskan native) in engineering and computer science. Students must be a minimum of 13 years old on or before September 1, 2021 in order to participate.

When: June 28 – July 2, 2021

  • June 28: Student sign-in will begin at 8:30am with the Student Welcome beginning at 9:00am. Sign-out will be around 4:00pm
  • June 29 – July 2: Student sign-in will begin at 8:50am with the camp starting at 9:00am. Sign-out will be 4:00pm

Where: Virtual

Invitations will be sent to accepted participants via email. Please be sure you allow emails from STEM@ucf.edu.

The cost for Camp Connect I is $100.

A $25 non-refundable deposit is required to hold each student’s seat once accepted into the program. Additional details regarding payment will be provided in the email invitation.

Scholarships are available to students who establish need as defined by the university. Students requesting scholarship assistance should contact the program coordinator for more details.

Important Dates (Subject to change – please check back for updates):

  • March 30, 2021: Online application window opens; Students should be present to answer short-response questions
  • April 23, 2021: Application review begins
  • April 28, 2021: First round of invitations to be sent; Additional invitations to be sent every two weeks until all seats are filled
  • May 28, 2021: Online application closes
  • June 11, 2021: Final payment due
  • June 28, 2021: Camp Connect I begins!

Camp Connect Advanced: (In-person, non-residential)

What: Camp Connect Advanced is a week-long day camp designed to provide students with an in-depth, team oriented STEM experience. Students work with a faculty member where they are immersed in a discipline specific research project or set of activities structured to encourage deeper learning, problem-solving, self-efficacy and collaboration.

Who: Rising 10th through 12th graders. Students must be a minimum of 15 years old on or before June 14, 2021 in order to participate. Prior participation in Camp Connect I or II preferred, but not required.

When: June 14 – 18, 2021

  • June 14: Student sign-in will begin at 8:00am with the Student Welcome beginning at 8:30am. Sign-out will be held from 4:30pm to 5:00pm
  • June 15-18: Student sign-in will begin at 8:30am with the camp starting at 9:00am. Sign-out will be held from 4:30pm to 5:00pm.
  • Please note that we do not offer early drop-off or late pick-up options. Students MUST be picked up by 5:00pm.

Where: Harris Engineering Corporation (HEC) 101 on the UCF Main Campus

Email invitations will be sent to accepted participants via email. Please be sure you allow emails from STEM@ucf.edu.

The cost for Camp Connect Advanced is $300 and includes:

  • Materials for all activities
  • T-shirt to be worn daily
  • Backpack

A $75 non-refundable deposit is required to hold each student’s seat once accepted into the program. Additional details regarding payment will be provided in the email invitation.

Scholarships are available to students who establish need as defined by the university. Students requesting scholarship assistance should contact the program coordinator for more details.

The Online application, Recommendation forms AND Transcript must be submitted by May 7 to be considered for participation.

Important Dates (subject to change – please check back for updates):

  • March 30, 2021: Online application window opens; Students should be present to answer short-response questions
  • April 19, 2021: Application review begins
  • May 7, 2021: Online application closes
  • May 14, 2021: Deposit due
  • May 28, 2021: Final payment due
  • June 14, 2021: Camp Connect II begins!

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For additional questions, please contact stem@ucf.edu or 407-823-6230.

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