Entering 7 – 9

Designing and Engineering Bridges

Are you curious about how engineers design and build bridges? In this program, you will learn about different types of bridges, including truss bridges like the Richmond–San Rafael Bridge and suspension bridges like the Golden Gate and Bay Bridges. Then, design, build, and test models of bridges as you engage in the engineering process. Together, we will engage in engineering challenges, explore some physics fundamentals, and learn how to analyze static and dynamic forces. During the program, you will “play” lead engineer to design, build, and test bridges that can support human needs and withstand natural forces. You will learn basic bridge types and gain fundamentals of bridge engineering and construction. Teens end the week designing, building, and testing a popsicle stick bridge of their own imaginative creation. Parents are invited at 4 p.m. on the last day to see and hear teens share their projects and receive their U.C. Berkeley certificate of completion.

A small group of students build a roller coaster construction project

Program Info

Dates: June 24-28, 2024 Monday to Friday, 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. 

Location: Valley Life Sciences Building, UC Berkeley Campus

Food: Lunch is provided. Teens bring a water bottle, hat, and snacks from home

Program Tuition: $1,350 or $1,215 (reduced)

Non-residential with Optional Residential Add-on:

Residential Option begins Sunday, June 23 at 4:00 p.m.

The residential add-on includes additional programming, on-campus housing, breakfast, and dinner. 

Residential Tuition: $1,150 or $1,035 (reduced) Limited spots available!
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The camp cancelation date has passed. Refunds are no longer available.

A Day in the Life

Your days begin with gathering on campus and signing in to your respective program tracks. From there, you head to your respective lab spaces and form an opening circle to frame the day, including a quick social check-in and content-related invitation to learning. Each day, you engage in STEM-related explorations and investigations, sometimes in pairs and sometimes in small groups. You do things such as building and weight testing various types of bridge models or later in the program, designing a structure to withstand the powerful forces of an earthquake. Midday, you take time to eat lunch on campus and enjoy some social downtime with peers in your track as well as other STEM tracks. In afternoons, you continue designing and engineering and applying newly acquired physics concepts like static and dynamic weight to your project. You will also enjoy tours to related labs, exhibits, and sites on and off campus, like the Structures Lab. Some days include graduate students or faculty joining you for Q&A and sharing about cutting-edge research happening on or off campus. Your STEM track content wraps up with a closing circle around 3:30 p.m. After that, you gather together for additional unique career pathway programming in mixed groups. This can include a U.C. Berkeley campus tour, a current student panel and Q&A, and other personal or professional development workshops. Programming concludes at 5 p.m. If you opt for the residential track, you will stay on campus for dinner and evening activities— both involving social and college preparedness—and then sleep in the U.C. Berkeley dorms.

Bridging Imagination with Engineering Excellence!

Staff Bio

Amber Young

Amber Young is a STEM enthusiast hailing from Atlanta, Georgia! Amber has always been fascinated by animal behavior, math, and robotics, and has been on a mission to learn as much as she can about them. Her passion for these subjects led her to some amazing opportunities to do research on the physics of animal locomotion and bio-inspired robotics.

Currently, Amber is a mechanical engineering MS/PhD student at UC Berkeley, where she conducts research with the Embodied Dexterity Group. Before that, she earned a B.S. in Physics from Yale University in May 2021. In addition to her academic pursuits, Amber is also committed to helping underrepresented students access quality education, particularly in physics. She believes that everyone should have the opportunity to learn and grow. When Amber isn’t busy with her studies, she loves to explore the world around her by crossing things off her bucket list.