Explore Engineering Summer Program Participant Information

Maps and Directions

For driving directions to campus, please use the address 1200 Southwest Road, Platteville, WI in a GPS or GPA app.

Visit Explore Campus for more resources.



Campus parking lots are by permit only, and are patrolled during the summer months. In order to avoid being ticketed, please follow the parking guidelines listed here.
Visit the Parking Map page for lot locations.

  • For drop-off/check-in, use Lot 27 (only for unloading).
  • For overnight, commuter, and closing session, use Lot 24.
  • For pick-up/check-out, use Lot 27 (only for loading).

Rules and Behavioral Contract

In order to ensure a positive and safe experience for all participants and staff, attendees are required to abide by the behavioral regulations stipulated on this page. Participants should treat the program as part of their college experience and use it as an opportunity to demonstrate appropriate adult behavior. Participants and their parent/guardian must sign a behavioral contract stating that they understand the rules and potential consequences of breaking them.

  • Tobacco products, alcoholic beverages, and illegal substances, including medications not prescribed to the participant, are not permitted during any part of the program.
  • Weapons of any kind are not permitted during any part of the program.
  • Violence, threat of violence, or interference with anyone’s person or property will not be tolerated.
  • Participants must respect the instructions given by faculty, program staff, and college student mentors. Participants who fail to do so will be brought to the attention of the program director.
  • Participants must abide by the quiet time and lights-out guidelines and must be in their assigned rooms at the designated quiet time. They must remain in their assigned rooms for the duration of the night.
  • Participants will not allow any person(s) not affiliated with the program to access the residence hall at any time. Participants are responsible for notifying program staff of any unknown persons seen in the building.
  • Participants who have a vehicle on campus for the week are not permitted to leave campus for any reason.
  • Participants must be with a group and college student mentor during all program activities.
  • Participants must treat university property with respect and responsible for the cost of any damaged that they cause.
  • Participants will be asked to keep cell phones on silent and put away during the program activities.
  • Explore Engineering promotes an inclusivity and respect of all participants and staff. Profanity, derogatory words, or remarks regarding one’s race, ethnicity, disability,
    gender or sexual orientation will not be tolerated.

Students who violate the rules listed here and/or other established residence hall policies will be referred to the program director, Jaclyn Esqueda.

Any students found responsible for violations will be subject to sanctions at the discretion of the program director up to and including dismissal from the program and forfeiture of fees paid.

Students who are dismissed from the program will not receive academic credit. Participants who are dismissed from the program and 18 years of age or older will be released on their own recognizance. Participants under the age of 18 will need to be picked up immediately by a parent or guardian.

In addition to the rules listed here, all participants are expected to follow all local, state, and federal laws.

Sample Weekly Schedule

To see a sample of the sessions offered and the scheduled program times, please download the 2017 Weekly Schedule. The 2018 weekly schedule will be available in April 2018.


Overnight Accommodations

Participants will be housed in Bridgeway Commons. Bridgeway Commons provides comfortable accommodations in suite-style rooms. Each fully-furnished suite features two bedrooms and a bathroom and houses four people. The building is airconditioned and equipped with wifi.

Participants will be provided with basic linens, including a washcloth, bath towel, shower mat, mattress pad, pillow case, two flat sheets, and a blanket.

Participants may request a roommate when registering through the online registration form. If you have already submitted the registration form and would still like to request a roommate, please contact the program director, Jaclyn Esqueda, at 608.342.7158 or esquedaj@uwplatt.edu at least two weeks prior to the program. If you do not request a roommate, you will be randomly assigned.

If you would like to request special housing accommodations, please contact the program director, Jaclyn Esqueda, at 608.342.7158 or esquedaj@uwplatt.edu at least two weeks prior to the program.



Breakfast, lunch, dinner, and a small snack will be provided each day of the camp. If you have dietary restrictions or food allergies, please contact the program director, Jaclyn Esqueda, at 608.342.7158 or esquedaj@uwplatt.edu at least two weeks prior to the program so that arrangements can be made.


What to Bring

These items are recommended:

  • Four-function calculator
  • Appropriate clothing for a classroom environment (you may want to bring a sweater, sweatshirt, or light jacket as the buildings are well air conditioned)
  • Umbrella and/or rain jacket
  • Closed-toe shoes (for working in labs)

These items are optional:

  • Reusable water bottle
  • Backpack
  • Laptop or tablet
  • School supplies – notebook, folder, pen, pencil
  • Small amount of spending money (for extra snacks or university bookstore purchases)

Towels and bedsheets will be provided. However, you will need to bring these items:

  • Pillow
  • Hand soap
  • Bath soap and shampoo
  • Toothbrush/toothpaste
  • Hair dryer

These items are not recommended:

  • Food and/or beverages
    o Meals and snacks will be provided throughout the week
    o If you choose to bring food, please limit it to small snack items (such as granola bars, fruit snacks, crackers, etc.) and be sure to clean up any wrappers or leftovers
  • Large amounts of cash
  • Televisions/blu-ray or dvd players/video game systems
  • Candles/incense/wax warmers/halogen lamps (prohibited)
  • Hookahs, E-cigarettes, vaping paraphernalia (prohibited)
  • If you have a question about whether an item is permissible, please contact the camp director

Medications and Infirmary

For safety and legal purposes, all prescription medications will be stored in a locked drawer in the camp infirmary within the residence hall. Medications will be dispensed by program staff at the prescribed times. (Note: life-saving medications such as epinephrine auto-injectors can be carried with and administered by participants if needed.)

Should a participant become ill during the program, an infirmary room will be set up within the residence hall to isolate the participant from others at the program. The program director will work with the participant and the participant’s parents to determine whether the participant should be treated or should return home.

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