UT Arlington Engineering Summer Camp Frequently Asked Questions
Q. Where can I find more info about UT Arlington summer camps?
a. For ALL Engineering Summer Program camps go to:
b. For ALL OTHER camps go to:
Q. How do I apply to an Engineering Summer Program camp?
A. See the Summer Camp website for your camp to download application material or we can e-mail or fax materials to you. Links at all camps are found at http://www.uta.edu/engineering/summer_programs/ The Bridge, Access, Gateway and Entry camp info is at www.uta.edu/engineering/summercamps and the GIrlgeneering info is at www.uta.edu/engineering/girlscamps
Q. May my student apply to attend more than one Engineering Summer Program camp?
A. Students may apply to more than one camp so students should apply for the camps for which they are grade-eligible and would like to attend. If applying to Bridge, Access, Gateway, Entry or Girlgeneering students would only be selected for one camp so on their application, they should be sure to indicate which is their first choice and second choice, so that they can be placed into the available camp that best matches their preferences.
Questions for the Engineering and Computer Science Summer Camps -
Bridge, Access, Gateway, Entry and Girlgeneering
Camp overview questions:
Q. What is the difference between the Bridge camp and Access camp and the Gateway and Entry camps?
A. Students attending the Bridge and Gateway camps stay overnight in a campus dorm accompanied by camp staff, and Access and Entry students come in the morning and leave in the afternoon each day. Basically the same material will be covered in each camp but the residential campers have more time for the presentations and projects.
Q. Can you give me a general description of the Engineering and Computer Science Summer camps (Bridge, Access, Gateway, Entry, and Girlgeneering)?
A. The Engineering and Computer Science Camps are one week camps designed to provide students with a broad exposure to the variety of engineering disciplines -- aerospace, biomedical, civil & environmental, computer science, electrical, materials science and mechanical -- plus related topics in chemistry and physics. Field trips to see engineering at area businesses and team projects supplement the classroom activities. Besides the field trips, students will learn through hands on activities and lectures from university professors of the different disciplines taught here at UTA.
Q. Describe the dorm setting.
A. The dorms are regular UT Arlington student dorms that are used for summer campers during the summer semester. The dorms require a card to access the front door and each room suite has a key lock. On the Sunday night after orientation, you are encouraged to stay with your camper at the dorm while they meet their roommate and until they feel comfortable in that setting. The camp staff and our teacher participants stay on the same floor in the dorms with the campers for the entire camp and will be easily accessible to the campers at all times.
Q. Where can I see a schedule of the camp’s) typical day and learn more about what they actually do at camp?
A. See below a sample schedule from last year’s camps that will give you an idea of the camp structure.
Application and Registration questions:
Q. Are you still accepting applications?
A. Applications are received and considered until 50 campers have been accepted. Applications received after that time will be placed on our waiting list in the event that accepted students decide not to attend. We offer the few spots that usually come open to students on the waiting list, usually with very short notice.
Q. Should I send my payment to reserve a spot?
A. NO! Please wait until you hear if your student has been accepted. We cannot accept responsibility for money/checks/money orders, etc . , that are included with the application.
Q. Is there a waiting list?
A. Each year, we receive more applications than we have space in each camp; so those students who do not initially get accepted are placed on the waiting list. After letters of acceptance and registration packets are sent out, if a spot comes available due to a cancellation, we will reference our waiting list. Unfortunately, we can never predict if or when a spot will open up. We realize that this may cause some inconvenience, but we do our best to notify students and parents as soon as we can.
Q. How can I help my student be accepted to summer camp?
A. Return the application materials with all supporting documentation as soon as possible.
Q. How do I apply for a scholarship?
A. There are two steps to the camp scholarship process:
a. Send in the camper’s complete camp application documents (no money is required at this point) along with a letter explaining the financial need for applying for a scholarship.
b. Once we review applications we will notify accepted students and the amount of scholarship awarded (full, partial or none).
Q. Are there ever any exceptions made as far as grade eligibility? For example "Our calendar isn’t matching with the camp for which our son is grade-eligible, and we think he would do fine attending a camp of a different age group. "
A. We sometimes allow students to attend with students of a different grade level than their own, but we would want to make sure that the student would feel comfortable with students of a different grade level and would enjoy himself if he were the youngest/oldest student in the group. We consider requests about grade eligibility on an individual basis.
Q. Please describe the process by which a student is accepted to camp?
A. The process that we use to accept students is that we evaluate each application to determine if the student will be a good fit for our camp and then for those that we feel will work well, we accept them in the order they applied. When we review applications we look at all the material that is submitted - transcripts, student answers to the questions, teacher evaluation, and student activities. Based on our assessment of this material we decide if that student will be a good fit for our program and whether the student will get a positive experience from it. In particular, not every student will appreciate our structure, the large size of the group of students, and the fact that they will be interacting with many students they don't know among other issues.
Q. Are home-schooled students eligible to apply for camp?
A. Yes. Our requirements for home schooled students are the same for public school students except that we require evaluations by teachers and/or another adult, (someone other than the student’s parent), who would be able to objectively assess the characteristics listed on the teacher evaluation form for the home schooled student.
Q. After I submit my application, when will I be notified whether I have been accepted?
A. The director’s goal is to review applications and make selections in order to notify students, at the latest, six weeks prior to the week of camp.
Camper planning questions:
Q. Are parents required to attend the orientation session?
A. YES, at least one parent or guardian is required to attend this presentation which will describe the camp program and coming week’s activities. For the residential camp orientations on Sunday evening refreshments will be provided during registration.
Q. Can we request roommates for the overnight camps?
A. In general, our goal is to keep the campers busy enough during the day that when they return to their rooms at night they are ready to go to sleep. Campers leave the dorm early in the morning for breakfast and do not return to the dorm until the very end of the day when they are expected to call home, to clean up, and then to go to bed all within about 30 – 45 minutes from the time that we return to the dorm. Thus the campers spend little time in their dorm room other than on the first evening when we are checking the group in. By design, we assign campers to rooms with students they do not already know before camp. The reasons for this are twofold. First, the campers are encouraged to meet new friends in camp and sharing a room is one way to get to know someone new. In fact in our camps, the dorm structure has three, two-person bedrooms together in a suite so each camper may get to meet up to five other students just by sharing the suite. Second, as mentioned already, our goal is for the campers to sleep when they are in their rooms. From our past experience, if two campers who already know each other share a room, they are somewhat more likely to socialize and stay up instead of going to sleep. During all the rest of the camp time, campers have the opportunity to sit with anyone they like so there is ample time for friends to be together during the day. By separating them at night, we hope to insure that they are well-rested enough to make it through the next day.
Q. Is it okay to send snacks with my student?
A. The dorm where our campers stay does not have any food storage in the rooms. We ask that students not bring snacks with them as we provide water and snacks throughout the week. The campers have “all they can eat” meals at The Connection Café at the University Center. Feel free to join them by calling the camp phone on the day before to join them for breakfast or call in the morning of the day you would like to join them for lunch or dinner.