Pitt | Swanson Engineering

2018 Camp Dates:

Middle School: July 9-13 (Students entering grades 6-8) 
High School: July 16-20 (Students entering grades 9-12) 
High School: July 23-27 (Students entering grades 9-12) 
Middle School/ High School: July 30 - Aug 3 *

* This week of camp is specifically reserved for underrepresented/minority (URM) students (defined below) and economically disadvantaged families (annual household income <30K). Definitions by the National Science Foundation, National Institutes of Health: The Higher Education Act defines the term “minority” as an American Indian, Alaskan Native, Black (not of Hispanic origin), Hispanic (including persons of Mexican, Puerto Rican, Cuban, and Central or South American origin), Pacific Islander, or other ethnic group underrepresented in science, engineering, mathematics, and medicine.

Camp Description:

06Middle and high school students can participate in a one-week summer camp like no other – one that submerses them in bioengineering and regenerative medicine. We utilize regenerative aspects of the natural world – such as starfish repairing injured arms and reptiles regrowing severed tails- to explore how these traits can be translated to human medicine and treatment. The camp is designed to not only expose students to science, but to show them that STEM can be fun, exciting and something that they could pursue as a career.

Camp Leadership and Counselors:

03CampBioE is led by a cohort of experienced STEM education professionals as well as several Pitt bioengineering undergraduate students who act as camp counselors for the week. For two months prior to camp, Pitt faculty help the counselors design and develop learning modules that engage the campers. In addition, the undergraduates participate in further discussion and exploration by sharing their experiences as college students, including the path they took to get where they are today.

Hands-On Experience:

05Campers will gain hands-on experience through several experiments designed by the counselors to engage the students in different aspects of science and engineering. During the week, each counselor gives a brief presentation and guide describing their experiment then the students work as a team to complete and test the module. Examples of past modules include chicken skin graphing, suturing a pig’s heart, programing an Arduino board to create a mini-catapult and creating a bone scaffold.

Diversity Initiative:

CampBioE is a champion of diversity in the fields of science, engineering, mathematics, and medicine. We are proud that we have been able to achieve approximately equal participation in terms of gender over the years. Yet, we still face challenges related to the participation of students from ethnically and socioeconomically diverse backgrounds. Please inquire about opportunities for underrepresented/minority (URM) students (defined below) and economically disadvantaged families (annual household income <30K) by contacting (aliciakemp@pitt.edu). Note that we offer a week of camp that is specifically reserved for URM and economically disadvantaged students if that is of interest. All other weeks are open to all students.


Monday-Friday 8:30-4:30
 *Lunch is provided
**Before and after care is not available

Registration (Opens February 1, 2018):

Register by June 1, 2018: $420
Register after June 1, 2018: $470
Covers use of experimental materials, lunch, and prizes.
Registration covers less than half of the actual cost per camper. We are very grateful to our sponsors who allow us to bring these camps to you every year at a significantly reduced rate. If you wish to donate to our camps you may do so via contacting Alicia Kemp ( Aliciakemp@pitt.edu).  

Extended care is not offered with this camp

2017 CampBioE Sponsors:

  1. Mr. and Mrs. Gerald E. and Audrey L. McGinnis
  2. Dr. Linda C. Baker and Dr. Harold K. Wrigley
  3. Mr. and Mrs. Theodore D. and Amy B. Clineff in honor of Mary Ann Clineff and Maryanne McKenna
  4. Dr. Elizabeth S. Woo and Mr. Stephen C. Baker

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Bioengineering Summer Camp

Center for Biotechnology and Bioengineering (CNBIO)
300 Technology Drive
Pittsburgh, PA 15213

Contact Alicia Kemp, Program Manager



For more information on the day-to-day activities of the camp, please see our facebook page: www.facebook.com/CampBioE/