Camp Badger

What Do You Want To Be When You Grow Up? Campers Find Out!


Camp Badger, which was founded by EPD chair Phil O’Leary, brings hundreds of students to the UW-Madison Engineering School each year, with the goal of introducing them to various career paths, including engineering and medicine. The camp is a one-week, residential program for Wisconsin and Minnesota teenagers entering 8th grade in the fall. Campers explore many types of engineering fields and see how they can lead to great careers—while living in a student dorm and experiencing life on a college campus.

Campers participate in a number of activities, such as:

  • visiting a 14-story construction site, the EPIC Systems campus, a biomedical engineering research company, a bicycle manufacturing plant and an electric power plant
  • learning how nuclear power and garbage are turned into electricity
  • building a working hydraulic arm prototype
  • observing fossils and gems at the UW Geology Museum
  • exploring the properties and stages of different matter in the Materials Science Lab
  • touring behind the scenes of a state-of-the-art bowling alley
  • experimenting with glowing enzymes at a biotechnology company

For Camp Badger students, exploring different science and engineering career choices can inspire them to look toward the future and higher education. While each year is different in terms of campers and activities, one thing remains constant: our passion and enthusiasm for the world of engineering.  For more information, click here.

To view information about the 2015 event, or to view photos, click here.


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