The SSU Engineering Summer Camp

2019 First Session Student Participants, Their Mentors and Engineering Fuculty

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 summer camp is a great opportunity to introduce students to college environment and engage them in head, heart, and hand-based Engineering experience. In this program students will have the opportunity to work on projects around robotics, automation, sensors, computer vision, and 3D printing. The students learn about basic electronics, electronics circuits and electronic components, Arduino programming, signal processing, measurement equipment, basic troubleshooting, App development, designing with CAD tools, using 3D printers, and more. 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.

Furthermore, the students will have the opportunity to visit the Engineering facility and the Makerspce at Sonoma State University.

Make this summer the most amazing summer you have ever had! Apply now!

2019 Second Session Student Participants and Their Mentors

Read about our 2019 Engineering Summer Camp.

2019 Testimonials

"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."

Program Details

Learning Objectives

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 using App Inventor.
  • 3D printing using CAD tools.


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 2020. 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.

Application Process

All student applications must include the following (see Deadlines):

All applications are evaluated by the review committee, as described below. No payment is required for registration.


  • Online applications will be available starting February 20th.
  • Applications are accepted until May 29th.
  • Notification of an acceptance to the program is made by June 4th.
  • All payments must be received by July 5th.
  • Check for the latest Engineering Summer Camp updates

Fee, Dates & Location

  • Program Fee: $99*
  • Program Dates:
    • Session 1: July 20 - July 24; everyday 9:00 am – 3:00 pm - Limited to 15 students
    • Session 2: July 27 - July 31; everyday 9:00 am – 3:00 pm - Limited to 15 students
  • Location: Sonoma State University

* The fee includes lunch buffet and snack for five days, and the electronic kits and parts for students to keep. 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):

  1. Demonstration of interest in learning about electrical engineering as a possible choice for college and professional pursuit.
  2. Highly interested and motivated in learning about technology and its applications.
  3. Demonstration of commitment to engage in the Engineering Summer Camp and attending all of its activities.
  4. Strength of recommendation letter.

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.

Preparing the Letter of Recommendation

A teacher’s candid assessment is of great value to the selection committee and to the success of the program.

Science/Math/Engineering Teachers willing to write a recommendation letter for any student applicant are encouraged to consider the following:

  • How do you know the applicant? For how long?
  • In your opinion, is the student seriously considering studying engineering?
  • How do you evaluate the academic standing of the applicant in the math/science/engineering courses?

Please complete your recommendation form & email it directly to

Engineering Summer Camp Flyer


We will post the latest updates about the camp: Camp Updates

Policies and Forms

Once enrolled in the Engineering Summer Camp @ SSU, students and parents are asked to go over the following forms together and complete the appropriate forms.
Applicable forms must be completed before the first day of classes.

Program Sponsors

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.