Tech Camp FAQs 2017

When are UNH Tech Camps this year? 

During the summer of 2017, there will be five programs. A camper can sign up for more than one week of programs.

  • Engineeristas - Girls Only, Grades 6-8 (Monday, July 10 - Friday, July 14)
    Residential campers arrive Sunday, July 9, from 6:00-7:00 p.m.    
  • Engineeristas Extraordinaire - Girls Only, Grades 7-10 (Monday, July 10 – Friday, July 14)
    Residential campers arrive Sunday, July 9, from 6:00-7:00 p.m.                                                                 
  • TechSplorers – Boys and Girls, Grades 6-8 (Monday, July 17 – Friday, July 21)
    Residential campers arrive Sunday, July 16, from 6:00-7:00 p.m.                                                 
  • TechVenturers – Boys and Girls, Grades 6-10
    (Monday, July 17 – Friday, July 21 and/or Monday, July 24 – Friday, July 28)
    Residential campers arrive Sunday, July 16 and/or Sunday, July 23 from 6:00-7:00 p.m.                    
  • TechLeaders – Boys and Girls, Grades 11 & 12
    (Monday, July 17 - Friday, July 28, excluding the weekend)
    Residential campers arrive Sundays, July 16 & 23 from 6:00-7:00 p.m.

What are the hours of Tech Camp?

For all camps, the daily hours are from 8:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. Special accommodations for early drop-off or late pick-up of day campers can be made in advance with the camp director. A fee of $10 per hour will be applied for each special accommodation.

Where is Tech Camp located on the University of New Hampshire campus?

Tech Camp activities will be held in Kingsbury Hall and Parsons Hall which are part of the College of Engineering & Physical Sciences. There will be numerous opportunities for campers to have a first-hand view of the programs, laboratories, and research projects underway at UNH. Campers will participate in off-campus field trips to experience numerous engineering perspectivies and the people engaged in a variety of STEM related careers. This year, field trips are planned for the UNH InterOperability Laboratory, the Browne Center, and the New Hampshire Department of Transportation.

What are the arrangements for the residential camper?

Campers who choose to stay on campus will reside in UNH dormitories from Sunday evening through Friday afternoon.

Even though TechLeaders is a two-week project, residential campers leave campus Friday afternoon at the end of the camp day and return the following Sunday evening.

The campers are grouped according to gender with a maximum camper to counselor ratio of approximately 8:1.

The counselor (gender appropriate for the group) has his/her own room and stays right with the campers.

Counselors accompany the campers to dinner and breakfast and go with campers if they leave the dormitory for any reason.

More detailed information will be sent to each residential camper prior to camp.

What is the cost of Tech Camp?

Engineeristas, Engineeristas Extraordinaire, TechSplorers, TechVenturers

  • Residential      $800 per week
  • Commuter       $400 per week

TechLeaders

  • Residential      $1600 for the 2 weeks
  • Commuter       $800 for the 2 weeks

There is a non-refundable deposit of 20% of the total cost requested at the time of registration.

Online payments will be the primary payment approach.

Account balances are due 30 days prior to session start date. Within 30 days of a session start date, students with outstanding balances may be dropped from the session. This allows us to offer the spot to another student in a timely way for family and staff planning. 

Students will not be allowed to attend a session unless they are paid in full. Any student with an unpaid balance may be locked from future enrollment in a UNH youth program until the balance is paid in full.

Full refunds (including deposit) are provided in the event UNH cancels a program session.

Scholarship – are there any and how can we apply?

We do have some scholarships. Families who are interested in having their child(ren) attend the camp(s) but are in need of assistance can apply for a reduction in camp tuition and/or the residential fees. In some cases, a recommendation from a teacher will be required and the scholarship recipient will be required to provide a letter summarizing their camp experience to be sent to the scholarship provider. If you are interested in applying for financial assistance, please fill out the Scholarship Application.

Where can we register for Tech Camp?

The online registration link will be updated on the UNH Tech Camp website in early March.  We encourage you to register as soon as possible because we cannot accommodate all the campers who want to attend.  If you would like to be notified in advance of the registration link going live, please email:

Rebecca Potter
Administrative Assistant of UNH Tech Camp
Kingsbury Hall, Office of the Dean
rebecca.potter@unh.edu

Whom should we contact if we have technical difficulties?
If you have technical difficulties while attempting to create an account, register, or make an online payment, please contact our support team through the following link:  http://learnforlife.unh.edu/contentManagement.do?method=load&code=CM000024.

How do family members reach campers in the event of an emergency?

You will be provided with specific contact numbers for the camp director, our administrative assistant, and the CEPS Dean’s Office. Someone will notify your child to contact you, or we can relay a message.

Cell phones are allowed, but we ask that you not contact the camper directly during the hours of 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. You should call one of the provided contact numbers during this time.

What if a camper becomes ill during camp?

Although we will use the health supports available on campus, we will always contact the family if a camper becomes ill.

In any kind of health emergency, 911 will be called.

If a camper does not feel well, they should stay at home.

If a student is taken to the UNH Health Center, any costs will be the responsibility of the parents who will be billed by UNH Health Services.

Will campers receive any kind of grade or credit for attending the camp?

The UNH Tech Camp does not have any grading or credit program associated with the camp activities. If the school the camper attends does have a program, the camper will need to make all of the arrangements with their school prior to attending the camp or upon completion of the camp.

Is this camp suitable for special needs students?

Campers will be doing a lot of moving from one location to another within Kingsbury Hall as well as between buildings. The buildings at the University that UNH Tech Camp will be using are handicap accessible. While we have faculty and counselors involved in all of the activities, we do not have individual instructional aides available for the campers.

It would be helpful and wise to discuss your concerns with the faculty camp director, Professor Carmela Amato-Wierda at ccaw@unh.edu, or 603-862-2526,  at the start of camp or even prior to registration.

Do all campers need to come from New Hampshire?

No. Students from all over come to UNH Tech Camp. In previous years, we had students from all over New Hampshire, Maine, Massachusetts, New Jersey, Wyoming, South Korea, India, China, and Quebec.

Whom shall I contact if I have questions about the camp?

Please contact the faculty camp director, Professor Carmela Amato-Wierda, at ccaw@unh.edu, 603-862-2526 or the administrative assistant, Rebecca Potter, at rebecca.potter@unh.edu, 603-862-2482.

How can I support Tech Camp?

Gifts to UNH Tech Camp allow us to support scholarships for low-income students, keep our tuition as low as possible and expand the program to include more hands-on STEM projects for our campers. To make a gift to UNH Tech Camp, please visit here.