SPARK is a four-week summer program where 6th-10th grade students participate in five days of engineering projects, social and academic workshops, guest speaker sessions with female professional engineers, fun social activities, and more. SPARK is run through UConn's Engineering Diversity & Outreach Center (VII), and all of the camp content is thoughtfully created by our team of UConn women engineering students, who are also the counselors for the camp. Students can sign up for any number of weeks of camp, which will be conducted in person this summer.
While SPARK is an engineering camp, our mission also encapsulates the importance of creating a supportive and empowering community between our attendees, UConn students, and industry professionals. Since this is a program run by females, for females, we have the unique opportunity to connect and learn from each other's experiences in a field that is in need of female representation. Additionally, we pride ourselves on making SPARK accessible for young female students of all racial and ethnic identities, regardless of financial status. Our camp has a fee of $995 per week/session, however, we can meet financial needs.
The themes and dates for our four weeks of camp are as follows:
Week 1: Coding the Future: Escaping the Multiverse (July 10 - July 16)
Week 2: Operation Atlantis: Reviving the Lost City (July 17 - July 23)
Week 3: Tropical Troubles: Engineering Survival Guide (July 24 - July 30)
Week 4: Captain's Log: Engineering Out of this World (July 31 - August 6)
Attached, please find a flyer for camp that includes descriptions of each week and additional program details. More information including our application is available at https://inclusion.engr.uconn.edu/spark/.