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Explore Engineering

The UConn Explore Engineering (E2) Program is residential summer camp for current high school sophomores and juniors (during the 2023-2024 academic school year)*. During this exciting two-week at the University of Connecticut Storrs Campus participants explore engineering careers by working in small groups with College of Engineering students and faculty. They will learn what various engineers do in the workplace and see engineering concepts demonstrated. They will also experience:

  • On-campus housing and dining hall meals
  • Access to state-of-the-art research areas
  • Access to our Engineering Learning Center and use of the center’s associated software

During the evenings, through participation in a Grand Challenge project, students focus on an interdisciplinary two-week project that addresses some of society's greatest problems. The program wraps up with a student showcases that celebrates their accomplishments.

*Current first year students/rising sophomores are welcome to apply! These will be considered if spots remain available after the deadline

Summer 2024: July 14 - July 27


Grand Challenge 2024

A grand challenge is a 2 week multidisciplinary (multiple engineering majors) engineering project that is designed to give you a full engineering experience.

Exploration of our Oceans (EoO)

Areas of Study:

  • Electrical and Computer Engineering(ECE)
  • Robotics Engineering(RE)
  • Computer Science and Engineering(CSE)

This NIUVT and NAVY STEM grand challenge allows you to take a look into into marine engineering, where you are able to take a look into how they do underwater exploration. The focus of EoO is to provide students with real-world experience of how ECE, CSE, and RE intersect in order to help safeguard, innovate, and support in a field critical to our planet’s health.

This year's project is unfolding to center around designing and prototyping an underwater ROV for search and rescue.

Exploration of our Anatomy (EoA)

Areas of Study:

  • Biomedical Engineering (BME)
  • Mechanical Engineering (ME)
  • Computer Science and Engineering (CSE)

This project is centered around understanding and innovating within the human body, using engineering as a tool to tackle medical and/or biologically significant challenges. The focus of EoA is hands-on learning, where students will use CS and ME concepts to enhance BME solutions, promoting a deeper understanding of how engineering can positively impact human health and wellbeing.

This year's project is unfolding to center around designing and prototyping an exoskeleton for assistive mobility.

Exploration of our Sustainable Machines (EoSM)

Areas of Study:

  • Environmental Engineering(ENVE)
  • Civil Engineering(CE)
  • Management and Engineering for Manufacturing(MEM)

This project’s goal is to explore the world of sustainable development and engineering, engaging with a project that addresses the environmental challenges we face. The focus of EoE is to demonstrate the importance of sustainability in engineering through CE, MEM, and ENVE, encouraging students to think critically about how we can make a positive impact on our environment through thoughtful and responsible engineering practices.

This year's project is unfolding to center around designing and fabricating a tabletop functional eco-vehicle.


A Typical Weekday

A Typical Weekend

The program cost is $2499.

  • If you choose not to stay the weekend (7/20-7/21), you will receive a discount of $250

We are exploring the ability to provide transportation from (1) Bradley International Airport, (2) Hartford, (3) New Haven
This would be an additional $50 round trip if selected.

Full and partial financial is available to those with financial need! We DO NOT want cost to be a barrier for application or participation.


Deadline to Apply:

Early bird deadline: April 1, 2024 by 11:59 PM

  • Decisions will be shared by April 8, 2024

Deadline**: April 15, 2024 by 11:59 PM

  • Decisions will be shared by April 30, 2024

**Depending on availability we may accept students after the deadline on a rolling basis