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Summer Engineering Academies

Session Schedule

Please check back in February of 2022 for next summer's session schedule and application. Sign up for our mailing list to stay informed. 

Virtual Daily Schedule

The academies' virtual schedule is from 10:00 am to 2:30 pm, Monday to Friday, with a 30 minute break around noon for lunch. The virtual camp day is shorter than our in-person camps for one simple reason: we want to ensure that participants do not experience Zoom fatigue. This helps participants to stay engaged throughout the week — which is a good thing, because we pack a lot of fun and educational content into our virtual camps! 

When families register for virtual camps, they will receive information via email about how to access the virtual classroom and the camp materials. 

In-Person Daily Schedule

The academies' daily schedule is from 8:00 am to 3:00 pm, Monday to Friday. Participants must be picked up by 3:15 pm. Lunch is served around 11:15 am and provided at no extra cost to participants. We do not provide additional snacks throughout the day, though participants are welcome to bring their own snacks (excluding peanuts). A short recess period is held directly after lunch, ending at about 12:30 pm. Please ensure that participants are dressed for the weather. Participants spend the rest of the day either in their assigned classrooms or in nearby labs.

On Wednesdays, participants go on a field trip from about 10:45 am to 1:30 pm. Participants walk about 1 mile to the Gorsuch Commons for lunch. Before or after lunch, participants will also view a film at the UAA Planetarium. If participants need assistance with the walk, please inform us as soon as possible.

On Fridays, parents, friends, and family are welcome to enjoy lunch with the participants at 12:00 pm. After lunch, we invite everyone to walk back to the assigned classroom to watch the final competitions or exhibitions held from about 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm. We ask all participants to help with clean-up after the final event. There is no requirement that family be present for lunch or the competition, but we highly encourage it.