Electrical Engineering is a fascinating field! Just as the world needs its Doctors, Nurses and Teachers, Electrical Engineering is something which we simply couldn't do without. Electrical engineers work on a variety of projects, such as computers, robots, medical devices, wearable devices, cell phones, radars, electric cars, navigation systems, and more. You can hardly find a device that does not have electronics in it!
If you like the idea of creating these types of electrical systems, if you enjoy helping millions of people on a day-to-day basis, then consider attending the SSU Engineering Summer Camp.
This online summer camp is a great opportunity to introduce students to the engineering college students at SSU, local engineers, and engage them in hands-on Engineering experience. In this program students will have the opportunity to build their own projects around robotics, automation, sensors, computer vision, and apps. All participants receive their own electronic kits.
The participating students are also introduced to young engineers who are currently working in the local high-tech companies.
Join us and sharpen your electronic skills and bond with new friends, all online from the comfort of home! With the highest quality remote instruction, individual tutors, lots of online support, you still can learn and create your own exciting projects.
In this course students become familiar with the following concepts:
- Basic electronics, electronics circuits and electronic components such as batteries, motors, LEDs, buzzers, resistors, etc.
- Arduino programming and basic concepts of signal processing.
- Troubleshooting skills.
- Introduction to the Internet-of-Things.
- App development
Student applicants must have the following criteria to be considered for the Engineering Summer Camp:
- Be Sophomore, Junior or a senior at a high school governed by the Sonoma County Office of Education (SCOE) by Fall 2021. A list of SCOE schools is available at The Directory of Sonoma County Schools.
- Be interested in computer, electrical and software engineering.
Upon completion of the course, all students receive a certificate of accomplishment.
- Please complete the General Online application (see Deadlines)
- There is no need for a letter of recommendation by your teacher this year. However, if your teacher would like to recommend you for the Online Engineering Camp, please have them send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please note that this year's summer camp is limited to 25 students. All applications are evaluated by the review committee, as described below. No payment is required for registration.
- Online applications will be available starting March 1.
- Applications are accepted until May 24.
- Notification of an acceptance to the program is made by May 28.
- All payments must be received by June 18.
- Check for the latest Engineering Summer Camp updates
Fee, Dates & Location
- Program Fee: $75*
- Program Dates:
- Session 1: July 19 to July 23
- All sessions will be online and conducted via Zoom. Student participants should be available from 9:00-10:00 am for live sessions during these two weeks. During this time we will have live demonstrations, answer questions and speakers from the local industries. All live sessions will be recorded.
* The fee includes the electronic kits and parts for students to keep and is non-refundable. The fee must be paid after selection notification, but before the payment deadline (see Deadlines). Limited scholarships are available for qualified students. Students requesting scholarship must indicate on their application.
Application Review and Selection Process
Due to limited capacity, participating students must be selected. The selection for the Engineering Summer Camp @ SSU will be based on the following criteria (see Deadlines):
- Demonstration of interest in learning about electrical engineering as a possible choice for college and professional pursuit.
- Highly interested and motivated in learning about technology and its applications.
- Demonstration of commitment to engage in the Engineering Summer Camp and attending all of its activities.
Criteria 1-3 will be based on student responses to the quesitons in the Online application.
The selection committee will select the finalists. The selection committee consists of faculty from the Engineering Department at the SSU, Keysight representatives, and a representative from Sonoma County Office of Education (SCOE). Recruitment and selection of participants is done without regard to race, gender, color, religion, sexual orientation, national origin, mental or physical disability.
If during the selection process a committee member has a conflict of interest with one of the applicants (e.g., the applicant is a family member or a close friend), the committee member must notify the selection committee chair immediately and excuse him/herself from the committee.
This program is a partnership between the Electrical Engineering Department at Sonoma State University, the Sonoma County Office of Education (SCOE), The Career Technical Education (CTE) Foundation, IEEE and Keysight Technologies. The funding for this program has been provided by Keysight Technologies.
"It has been an amazing experience. Building and programming the car on my own with clear precise instructions was awesome."
"I think that this camp was a very fun and exciting experience. I think that all of the mentors were very nice and were also very helpful. I have learned so much from this camp and am very interested in the electrical engineering program at Sonoma state."
"It was a very fun and interesting camp, I learned a lot about circuitry and how to use breadboards to do things with buttons, LED, buzzer, and wires. I also learned how to program my Arduino, which was interesting and I enjoyed the problem solving experiences."
"I had a great experience attending this camp.I learned many new things. I really appreciate the mentors helping me thru the things I didn't quite understand."
"This camp is a fun week at SSU. You will get a look into what electrical engineering is about and what you can learn at the department. In a way it gives you insight into how it would be to attend SSU as well. The introduction to coding was the best part for me and especially as I have no experience at all."
"It was very fun. I loved everything including the warmups on the first day. …. I had no problems with the program. I highly recommend anyone who is at least a little interested in electrical engineering to join this program during the future years."