Tech Camp 2013 FAQs
SPEND YOUR SUMMER EXPLORING THE WORLD OF ENGINEERING
What are UNH Tech Camps?
UNH Tech Camps are outreach programs offered by the by the UNH College of Engineering & Physical Science. Now in their sixth year, these programs are designed to introduce campers to the world of engineering and technology. The camps engage young people in grades 6th thru 10th in problem solving, hands-on activities as they interact with all areas of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). Previous camp activities have focused on Alternative Energy, Robotics, Aerospace, and Biomedical Engineering. Campers will be introduced to LabView, and other computer programs.
When are UNH Tech Camps this year?
During the summer of 2013 there will be two camps:
- July 8-12, Engineeristas – Girls and Engineering. This is a girls only camp – for girls entering grades 6 and 7.
- July 15-19 & 22-26, UNH Tech Camp. This is a coed camp that runs for two weeks (Monday through Friday each week).
The camp will have two parallel tracks going simultaneously
- One for students entering grades 7th and 8th
- One for students entering grades 9th and 10th
The daily hours are from 8:15 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. with special accommodations for early drop off or late pick up if needed for day campers. All campers eat lunch provided by the camp in Holloway Commons. There is also a residential option (Sunday night through Thursday night each week). Residential campers also have breakfast and dinner.
Where is Tech Camp located on the University of New Hampshire campus?
Tech Camp activities are held in Kingsbury Hall, which is part of the College of Engineering & Physical Sciences. There will be numerous opportunities for campers to have a first-hand view of the programs, laboratories, and research projects underway at the University. Campers will participate in off campus field trips to experience numerous engineering applications and the people engaged in a variety of STEM related careers. This year, field trips are planned for the UNH InterOperability Laboratory and various strand related sites.
What is the cost of Tech Camp?
- Engineeristas – Girls and Engineering (July 8th thru 12th)
The camp fee is $350 for the week
- UNH Tech Camp (July 15th thru19th & 22th thru 26th)
The camp fee is $700 total for the two weeks.
A non-refundable deposit of $50.00 is required with the application and is part of the fee.
There is a discount of $50 per child for siblings.
There will be no refunds after June 1, 2013.
- Residential costs
The residential fee for all of the camps is $350 per week.
There are no refunds for residential fees less than 3 full weeks before the start of residential portion of either camp, e.g., June 15 or June 21.
Scholarship – are there any and how can we apply?
We do have some scholarships. Families who are interested in having their child(ren) attend the camp(s) but are in need of assistance can apply for a reduction in camp registration and/or the residential fees.
How to apply
One applies by noting their intent to apply on the initial application. You will hear from Camp Director and asked to write a brief statement and complete additional forms and send them via e-mail (email@example.com) or letter (604 Currier Rd., Hill, NH 03243)
The statement should indicate financial concerns and why the camper should receive additional support. We do ask that all scholarship recipients’ campers pay the $50 deposit fee.
What are the requirements necessary to attend camp?
Appropriate Grade levels:
- Engineeristas – Girls and Engineering
Campers should be entering grades 6th or 7th
- UNH Tech Camp
Campers should be entering grade 7th, 8th, 9th or 10th
Campers should be interested in:
The world around them and how it works
The ways in which Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) career professionals are making it better
These camps are designed to be introductory, engaging, and project based. Older students who have had extensive pre-engineering classes can find more appropriate opportunities at UNH - Project SMART summer camp for high school students and Internships at the Interoperability Lab (IOL).
There are also behavioral guidelines that all campers and their parents must agree to follow. Failure to follow those guidelines could result in a camper being requested to leave the camp.
If a camper is currently in 10th grade and will be going 11th grade in the next school year could/should they attend?
Tech Camp, campers entering grades 7th thru 10th are the target audience.
If a camper will have completed grade 10 and has not had extensive pre-engineering classes, then Tech Camp is for them.
If campers are looking for more advanced opportunities there are other options available; Project SMART summer camp for high school students and Internships at the Interoperability Lab (IOL).
Do all campers need to come from New Hampshire?
No, students from all over to come to UNH Tech Camp. Last year we had students from all over New Hampshire, Maine, Massachusetts, South Korea, India, China, and Quebec.
What are the arrangements for the residential camper?
Campers who choose to stay on campus will reside in SERC 3. This dormitory is air-conditioned and each camper will share a room with another camper.
The campers are grouped in floors according to gender with a maximum camper to counselor ratio of approximately 7:1.
The counselor (gender appropriate for the group) has his/her own room on the floor and stays right with the campers.
Counselors accompany the campers to dinner and breakfast and go with campers if they leave the dormitory for any reason.
The residential fee for being a residential camper is $350/week. There will be no refunds on residential fees within three weeks prior to the start of the residential portion which begins on Sunday evening prior to the start of UNH Tech Camp.
Arrival for Residential Campers is on Sunday evening between 6:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. At 7:00 p.m. we will have a brief orientation for parents and campers, where the counselors and staff will be introduced.
There are no meals available on campus on Sunday evening, so all campers should have had dinner prior to arrival.
More detailed information will be sent to each residential camper prior to camp.
Residential campers may leave their belongings on campus over the middle weekend.
They will be checked out of their rooms on Friday afternoon at the close of camp for that week. No later than 4:30 withoput prior arrangements.
Is there any possibility for campers to stay over the weekend between Week 1 and Week 2 of the UNH Tech Camp?
At the moment the answer is No. We are looking into the possibility. If we get significant requests, and can make it cost effective we may develop a program but as of now we do not have one. If we were able to develop one it would be an additional cost.
Where can we register for Tech Camp?
Registration materials will be located on the UNH Tech Camp Website
At this time a deposit of $50 along with the registration can be mailed to:
UNH Tech Camps
c/o Michele Munson, Director
Kingsbury Hall-Office of the Dean
Durham, NH 03824
We encourage you to register as soon as possible. Last year we were not able to accommodate all the campers that wanted to attend.
Registration material should be accurate and complete and needs to include the $50 non-refundable registration fee.
How do family members reach campers in the event of an emergency?
You will be provided with specific contact numbers for the camp director, our administrative assistant, and the CEPS Dean’s Office. Someone will notify your child to contact you or we can relay a message.
Cell phones are allowed but we ask that you not contact the camper directly during the hours of 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. You should call one of the provided contact numbers during this time.
What if a camper becomes ill during camp?
There are limited health supports available on campus, so if needed, the family will be contacted to make arrangements to pick up the camper.
In any kind of health emergency, 911 will be called.
If a camper does not feel well they should stay at home.
If a student is taken to the UNH Health Center any costs will be the responsibility of the parents who will be billed by UNH Health Services.
Will campers receive any kind of grade or credit for attending the camp?
The UNH Tech Camp does not have any grading or credit program associated with the camp activities. If the school the camper attends does have a program, then the camper will need to make all of the arrangements with their school prior to attending the camp or upon completion of the camp.
Is this camp suitable for special needs students?
Campers will be doing a lot of moving from one location to another within Kingsbury Hall as well as between buildings. The buildings at the University that UNH Tech Camp will be using are handicap accessible. While we have faculty and counselors involved in all of the activities, we do not have individual instructional aides available for the campers.
Whom shall I contact if I have questions about the camp?
Please contact Tech Camp Director, Michele Munson at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 603-731-1087