Camp Badger: Engineering Students’ Interest in Higher Education

From Green Slime to Surgery: Students Learn About Engineering, Medicine and More at Camp Badger

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.

In past years our campers have:

  • visited an 11-story construction site, the Kohl Center, a fusion reactor, a biomedical engineering research lab, a bicycle manufacturing plant and an electric power plant
  • participated in a video conference call with NASA rocket scientists
  • created telescopes and looked through the University of Wisconsin’s telescope
  • observed fossils and gems at the UW Geology Museum
  • explored the cockpit of an F-16 and the inside of a UW experimental car
  • toured behind the scenes of a state-of-the-art bowling alley.

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