Exploring Science Technology Engineering and Math

Camp Connect

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 lab tours while getting a chance to meet our wonderful faculty and students. The Center for Initiatives in STEM is thrilled to offer 3 unique programs: Camp Connect I, Camp Connect II, and Camp Connect Advanced!

Camp Connect I:

What: Camp Connect I introduces students to various engineering fields through activities, presentations, and lab tours. Each day focuses on a different department and activities are led by our own faculty and students. Students will also work on a team project to be presented on the final day of camp.

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

When: June 27 – July 1, 2022

  • June 27: Student sign-in will begin at 7:30am with the Student Welcome beginning at 8:00am. The day will end at 4:30pm.
  • June 28 – July 1: Student sign-in will begin at 8:30am with the camp starting at 9:00am. The day will end at 4:30pm.
  • Please note that we do not offer early drop-off or late pick-up options. Students MUST be picked up by 5:00pm.

Where: L3Harris Engineering Center (HEC) 101 on the UCF Main Campus

All communications 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 $200 and includes lunch, a backpack, t-shirt to be worn daily, and materials for all activities.

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.

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

  • March 14, 2022: Online application window opens. Note: The application includes short-response questions that must be answered by the student applicant.
  • April 8, 2022: Application review begins
  • April 15, 2022: First round of invitations to be sent; Additional invitations to be sent every two weeks until all seats are filled
  • May 13, 2022: Online application closes
  • June 10, 2022: Final payment due
  • June 27, 2022: Camp Connect I begins!

Camp Connect II:

What: Camp Connect II is a week-long day camp that provides students with a deeper hands-on experience within the various engineering fields. Students participate in hands-on activities, group projects, and presentations led by our own faculty and student organizations. Students may also visit various off-campus UCF labs.

Who: Students who previously completed Camp Connect I are invited to attend

When: July 11-15, 2022

  • July 11: Student sign-in will begin at 8:00am with the Student Welcome beginning at 8:30am. The day will end at 4:30pm.
  • July 12-15: Student sign-in will begin at 8:30am with the camp starting at 9:00am. The day will end at 4:30pm.
  • Please note that we do not offer early drop-off or late pick-up options. Students MUST be picked up by 5:00pm.

Where: L3Harris Engineering Center (HEC) 101 on the UCF Main Campus

Email invitations will be sent to students who previously completed Camp Connect I. Please be sure you allow emails from STEM@ucf.edu.

The cost for Camp Connect I is $200 and includes lunch, a backpack, t-shirt to be worn daily, and materials for all activities.

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.

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

  • April 18, 2022: Invitations to be sent via email
  • May 26, 2022: Confirmation deadline
  • June 3, 2022: Deposit due
  • June 24, 2022: Final payment due
  • July 11, 2022: Camp Connect II begins!

 

Camp Connect Advanced:

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 13 – 17, 2022

  • Student sign-in will begin at 8:30am with the camp starting at 9:00am daily. The day will end at 4:30pm.
  • Please note that we do not offer early drop-off or late pick-up options. Students MUST be picked up by 5:00pm.

Where: L3Harris Engineering Center (HEC) 101 on the UCF Main Campus

All communications 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 April 29 to be considered for participation.

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

  • March 2022: Online application window opens. Note: The application includes short-response questions that must be answered by the student applicant.
  • April 8, 2022: Early application deadline; students will be notified by April 15 regarding acceptance
  • April 29, 2022: Online application closes; students will be notified by May 6 regarding acceptance
  • May 13, 2022: Deposit due
  • May 27, 2022: Final payment due
  • June 13, 2022: Camp Connect Advanced begins!

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

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