The Francis College of Engineering at the University of Massachusetts Lowell is excited to host two, overnight, week-long summer camps for high school students.

Discover the world of engineering through hands-on projects and interactions with students, faculty, staff and alumni.

Potential Projects

Have you ever wondered how autonomous vehicles navigate traffic? How a plastic water bottle can be transformed into a fidget spinner? Or how power is harnessed from the sun, wind, and water? Students will learn about the many different forms of engineering, from the internet of things, to sustainability, to infrastructure. Potential camp projects include:

  • Building a "smart" lockbox.
  • Create a re-usable water filter for household use.
  • Design and build a more efficient battery.
  • Build a low-cost biosensor using origami.
  • Design a "smart" bridge.
  • Build an acoustic sensor for monitoring infrastructure.


Students entering 10th, 11th, or 12th grade in the Fall are eligible to apply. Interested students must submit the following to complete their application package:

  • Letter of Recommendation from faculty member or guidance counselor
  • Transcript
  • 250 word (half page) essay detailing their interest in engineering

Cost & Registration

The cost of the one-week camp is $1,500. This includes all materials, room, and meals for the week (Sunday afternoon through Friday afternoon). Limited scholarships (full and partial) are available by application. Limited space is available. Registration and applications will be accepted on a first-come first-served basis. A non-refundable $100 application fee applies.

There is a 10% Early Bird discount. Discounts are also available for UMass Lowell employees and for sibling registrations.

*Enrollment for summer usually opens around March 1. 

Participating Institutions

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Contact Us

Erin Caples
Director, Future Engineers Summer Camps
Phone: 978-934-2572