An immersive learning experience
Students (ages 14 to 15) are introduced to the engineering process through a week-long camp experience. Experienced engineering faculty, staff, GE volunteers, and business leaders interact with campers as they complete design challenges inspired by real-world scenarios, such as building bridge prototypes and creating their own pressure-powered cars.
Engineering Camp (also known as Engineering Experience in the U.K.) brings students together once per year. GE volunteers and Next Engineers community partners lead students through short ice-breaker design activities, more in-depth design challenges, and a final capstone design challenge during a week of immersive engineering experiences. Participants will also have opportunities to explore engineering education and career paths through university campus tours, GE facility tours, GE volunteer coaching, engineer career panels, and more.
Engineering Camp is free. Food, transportation assistance, and lodging may be provided, depending on location. Visit your Location page to learn more about what is available in your area.
Staffordshire's Engineering Experience Day 2 in 2023
Schedules vary by location and year-to-year. This sample is meant to provide parents and potential campers with an idea of how Engineering Camp is structured.
- 9am drop-off
- Morning session
- Get to know teammates through short hands-on engineering activities such as designing your own code to build Styrofoam cup towers or building a marble run
- Listen to and interact with guest speakers such as GE volunteers or university engineering professors
- Break for lunch
- Afternoon session
- Participate in a longer design challenge such as building a bridge, trebuchet, or loudspeaker prototype
- 4:30pm pick-up in most locations. Engineering Camp is overnight in Johannesburg.
Camps also typically include a field trip to a GE facility and/or university campus tours. Visit your Location page to learn more about what is available in your area.
Looking for more? Whether you live outside of our program locations or just can't get enough, Next Engineers: Challenge Yourself offers resources for at-home and in-class engineering exploration.
During Next Engineers Year 2, Engineering Camp reached 765 students. GE volunteers invested over 1,300 hours working with them. 94% of participants reported that they were satisfied with their Engineering Camp experience.
Engineering Camp students at the University of Cincinnati show off their final capstone projects: hand-built trebuchets they designed themselves.
The Engineering Experience group visits the local GE Vernova facility to learn about real-life engineering careers.
An Engineering Camp facilitator discusses bridge design with students before they begin building their prototypes in Greenville, SC.
Engineering Camp students in Johannesburg participate in a tour of Witwatersrand University.