Explore Engineering Summer Program

Environmental engineering water quality project.
Environmental Engineering

Session 1: June 16, 2019 through June 21, 2019
Session 2: June 23, 2019 through June 28, 2019 EESP high school Explore Engineering

About the Program

Join us on the UW-Platteville campus for one of two week-long sessions that will help you explore the world of engineering through hands-on projects.

During the Explore Engineering Summer Program - EESP, you’ll get a chance to participate in eight different engineering projects – one in each of the seven different engineering disciplines offered at UW-Platteville, plus the interdisciplinary Sustainability and Renewable Energy field. The projects will be taught by university professors from each of the departments.

The program features the same curriculum and instruction our college students experience in the one-credit Introduction to Engineering Projects course required of all engineering students at the University of Wisconsin-Platteville. High school students who successfully complete this summer program and decide to enroll at UW-Platteville will earn one college credit.

The program also features social and team-building activities and interactions with current college engineering students. These program components help you get a better feel for college life and the UW-Platteville campus.

The eight disciplines featured at the Explore Engineering Summer Camp are:

Civil Engineering

From the roads we drive on, to the buildings we live and work in, to the water we drink, civil engineers plan, design, analyze and build them. Students will learn the components needed for a modern society to thrive. Students will then plan and design for the expansion of the UW-Platteville campus.

Electrical Engineering

From lightning and human nervous systems to iPods and nanobots, electrical phenomena are everywhere you look. Students will learn about semiconductor chips, amplifiers, oscilloscopes and speakers.

Engineering Physics

EP is a hybrid engineering program combining applied physics, electrical, and mechanical engineering. The Engineering Physicist is highly skilled at problem solving, modeling, and testing.  Students will work in teams to develop both an empirical and theoretical model for a pendulum as well as test a clever scheme to measure how far one person can move a wall.

Environmental Engineering

Environmental engineers work on improving our environment, enhancing the quality of human life, and protecting nature’s ecosystem. Students will learn to purify a contaminated water source using a jar test apparatus.

Industrial Engineering

IE is concerned with the design, improvement and installation of integrated systems of people, products and processes. Industrial engineers make things better and more efficient. Students will use IE tools to make both products and services more efficient and user friendly.

Mechanical Engineering

Mechanical engineers are involved in the design of a wide variety of products ranging from jet airplanes to washing machines. Students will dissect a water pump, examine its construction, determine how it works, why certain materials are used and investigate the physics involved in pumping a fluid.

Software Engineering

SE involves the specification, designing, implementing, testing, deployment and maintenance of software in traditional and embedded computing environments. Students will explore some of these activities using Alice. Alice is a software development tool that allows us to design and develop software in a rich, game-like 3-D animation environment.

Sustainability and Renewable Energy Systems

Sustainability and Renewable Rnergy Systems (SRES) addresses the concerns of world resources, including energy and renewable energy, and their social, economic, and environmental impacts.


Who Can Attend?

This program is for rising high school sophomores, juniors, and seniors. You must have passed algebra in order to be eligible to attend. The program is appropriate for both students who have little to no engineering experience and for students who may have had some exposure to engineering courses in high school.

Women and students from African-American, Native American, Latina, Laotian, Vietnamese, Hmong, and Cambodian communities are especially encouraged to attend.

Program Costs

$895. The program fee includes:

  • instruction by university faculty
  • all instructional and project materials
  • one college credit (upon successful completion of coursework)
  • overnight accommodations in a campus residence hall
  • breakfast, lunch, and dinner from Sunday evening through Friday afternoon
  • supervision by trained college student mentors
  • social and teambuilding activities
  • souvenir t-shirt and bag

Partial scholarships are available based upon academic excellence and financial need. Complete the scholarship application for consideration. The priority deadline is March 17, 2019. The final deadline is May 5, 2019. Contact the camp director, Jaclyn Esqueda, at esquedaj@uwplatt.edu or 608.342.7158, for more information.

Refund Policy

Refunds, minus a $50 cancellation fee, will be given until May 17, 2019. After May 17, 2019, no refunds will be given.


The 2019 brochure will be available soon. In the meantime, feel free to download the 2018 program brochure for reference.