Summer Camp for Exploring Engineering Set at UW-River Falls

Feb. 13, 2012--Wisconsin and Minnesota teenagers with an interest in math and science have an opportunity to attend a summer camp on exploring engineering on the University of Wisconsin-River Falls campus. UW-River Falls and the University of Wisconsin-Madison’s College of Engineering will host Camp Badger Exploring Engineering ™ from July 8-14 for students entering eighth grade in the fall. 

Since 1998, this camp has introduced campers to the many facets of engineering, stimulating their interest in math and science, and encouraging them to consider careers in science and technology. The camp was offered at UWRF for the first time last year. Additional sessions will be offered in Madison.

“Students are given the opportunity to explore the world of engineering through active observation and participation,” says Cynthia Wells-O’Malley, program manager for UW-River Falls. “Past participants have really enjoyed the mix of technological explorations, discussions, research, field trips and recreation that the camp provides.” 

Field trips to local companies are a favorite activity, Wells-O’Malley added. In previous years, campers explored the cockpit of an F16, ventured behind the scenes in a state-of-the-art bowling alley and visited a fusion reactor.

“Field trips allow participants to experience engineering in real-world settings,” Wells-O’Malley says. “For example, by scaling a climbing wall students, learn more about the center of mass.”

Camp Badger brings a diverse group of young people together to spend a week on the UW-River Falls campus. Campers stay in the residential halls and eat at the campus cafeteria.

Interested students must submit their application no later than March 12 and camp is limited to 30 participants. Qualified applicants will possess determination, creativity, problem solving and time management skills, as well as the ability to get along well with others in a team environment. Cost for the full week including lodging, meals and field trips is $395 per student. Need-based scholarships are available.

Application forms and more information can be found at or call 715-425-3256 or 1-800-228-5607.

UWRF provides lifelong learners with academic, professional development and enrichment programs that are practical, flexible, convenient and affordable. A complete list of courses, course descriptions and online registration information is available at or can be obtained by calling at 715-425-3256, 1-800-228-5607 or e-mailing

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