Summer Science, Engineering Camp Added for High School Sophomores

Monday, January 21, 2019
A student working on a wheeled robotic device.

The week-long residential Project Select summer experience for rising high school juniors compliments Rose-Hulman’s highly successful Operation Catapult STEM education program.

Responding to intensified demand for high-level summer camps in science, technology, engineering and math—STEM—Rose-Hulman is launching a program for rising high school juniors, modeled in part on the institute’s highly successful Operation Catapult program for rising high school seniors.

Project Select, a week-long residential experience, will be filled with immersive, hands-on projects under the mentorship of Rose-Hulman professors, and is specially designed for high school students who have completed the sophomore year and will be a junior during the 2019-20 school year. The projects will showcase how science and engineering principles can be applied to solve challenging problems. The students’ solutions will be tested using state-of-the-art equipment.

For years parents have clamored for an expansion of Operation Catapult or a similar offering into earlier grades. Operation Catapult, at 52 years old, is one of the oldest science and technology camps in the nation, and has developed a reputation for combining fun with challenging exposure to STEM concepts under the tutelage of Rose-Hulman faculty. It attracts students from across the globe who have completed their junior year of high school or equivalent.

Project Select will take place June 23 to June 29 at Rose-Hulman. The cost for the residential experience is $1,450 per student.

Admission is selective and there are a limited number of registration opportunities available this year. Registration requires a recommendation from a high school counselor or teacher and a student’s high school transcript that includes first-semester grades from the sophomore year. Homeschooled students must file a recommendation from a professor, employer, activity organizer or someone else outside the home.

Program and registration information is available at Students and parents also may contact Rene Hankins, Rose-Hulman’s director of pre-college outreach, at 812-877-8220.