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Each year, the KU School of Engineering hosts several events, camps and programs that let students of all ages and their teachers explore the possibilities of engineering.  Whether you're trying to find out if engineering is a good career choice for you, or if you want to get a taste for life at KU, there's a KU School of Engineering event or camp for you.
Would you like us to perform an activity for your class or group?  Fill-out this form to make a request.

Upcoming Outreach Events

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Sparkology Mini-Camps for grade and middle schoolers

Sparkology mini-camps take place on select Saturdays from 10am - 12pm at the School of Engineering, unless otherwise noted.  Sparkology mini-camps are offered by {Spark} in partnership with various other School of Engineering student organizations.  Unless otherwise noted, the registration fee for each camp is $10* (fee waivers available).

See the list of fall Sparkology activities

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Grades 1-3

Nov. 9th                     Concrete Cookie Cutouts, Hosted by KU Concrete Canoe

Did you know there are different kinds and shapes of concrete? Come learn about and design your own concrete mold and concrete with Concrete Canoe, who is a student organization that builds and races a canoe made of entirely concrete!

Nov. 23rd                    Balloon Car, Hosted by Women In Design

Do you think a Balloon could power a car? Come build your own balloon powered car given different limitations and learn about engineering and design principles. You will also get to test your balloon cars against the ones that the other student build!

Dec. 7th                       Oil Spill Clean Up, Hosted by KU Solar Car

Come learn how oil is cleaned out of the ocean when there are oil rig spills. You will get to challenge other students by coming up with the best ways to clean up simulation oil spills using materials you are given.

Grades 4-5

Nov. 9th                      Build your own Rover, Hosted by KU Rover Club

Have you ever wondered how NASA builds and drives their Mars Rovers? Come learn how to build and use a rover made with lego mindstorm equipment and use your rover for different challenges against other groups!

Nov. 16th                    Green/Renewable Building Challenge, Hosted by KU U.S. Green Building Council

With the world shifting more and more towards renewable sources of energy, don’t you think we should do the same for building materials? Come compete to build a structure out of renewable material and recyclables to use in different tests and challenges against other groups!

Nov. 23rd                    Pvc Pipe challenge, Hosted by KU Engineers Without Borders         

Come design and build a system to move water around different obstacles and limitations using PVC pipe to see who can move the most water given the materials provided and objective of the challenges.

Grades 6-8

Nov. 9th                      CAD Workshop, Hosted by KU Society of Manufacturing Engineering

Have you ever wanted to learn how to model something in order to 3D print it? Come learn how to use computer aided design and modeling software to design and model your own object with the help of the members of the Society of Manufacturing Engineering at KU.

Nov. 16th                    MIT App Inventor, 9am-12pm, Hosted by KU Robotics Organization

Have you ever wanted to create your very own app? Come learn how to program and design your very own app that you can download and use with the help of members from the KU Robotics Organization using MIT App developer which you can then use at home!

Nov. 23rd                    GirlCode -  Creating an Interactive Piano, 1-4pm, Hosted by Women in Computing (Free)  Sign-up HERE!

Learn how to creat your own interactive piano keyboard in Minecraft! Raspberry Pis and Python code will be used. No prior experience necessary!

Dec. 7th                       Rock Paper Scissors Machine, Hosted by KU Robotics Organization

Have you ever wanted to make your own game using electrical components and circuits? Come make your own rock paper scissors machine using logic gates and wiring and play against other members.

Fee Waivers

Fee waivers are available for students that receive free or reduced school lunches.  Contact Lindsey McCaig, lmccaig@ku.edu for more information.

Cancellation/Refund Policy

Once paid, registration fees are non-refundable.
If notice of cancellation is received at least 5 days in advance of the camp, the registration fee can be applied towards another camp being held within that semester.
Cancellations received less than 5 days in advance will result in the loss of the registration fee.


Engineering EXPO 2020 - Feb. 23 & 24, 2020

Engineering Expo is a free multi-day, student-run event that lets visitors explore the fascinating fields of engineering and demonstrate the amazing projects KU engineering students have completed. Engineering Expo will take place at KU's Engineering Complex. Learn more.


Summer Camps

Summer Camps

High School Design Competition

High School Design Competition

Engineering Expo

Engineering Expo





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