Through the Samueli School of Engineering, FABcamp students will:

• be exposed to computer aided design, rapid prototyping and fabrication technologies
• learn how complex systems work
• apply the math and science they are learning in school to real physical systems
• interact and engage with University faculty, professional engineers and college students
from a variety of Engineering disciplines
• explore career pathways in Engineering fields

Projects will emphasize Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) concepts and be correlated with Common Core Standards and the Framework for Next Generation Science Standards. Activities will emphasize ‘21 Century Skills’ such as critical thinking, communication and problem solving.

Age Range
FABcamp is intended for students who will be entering 6th, 7th, 8th or 9th grade in the fall of 2018. The average age range of our participants is between 11 and 14.

Camp Descriptions:

Each day of FABcamp will focus on a different engineering discipline . Participants will also work in teams on discipline specific engineering design challenges. Finally participants will receive instruction in computer aided design, rapid prototyping and fabrication technologies.

FABcamp 2.0
FABcamp 2.0 builds on the content introduced in FABcamp. Students will focus on a specific project that incorporates computer aided design, rapid prototyping and fabrication technologies. Additionally participants will be exposed to basic coding using Raspberry Pi and Arduino. (Prerequisite – FABcamp)

FABcamp 3.0
FABcamp 3.0 builds on content from FABcamp and FABcamp 2.0 and will introduce students to Internet of Things (IoT) technologies . Participants will learn how to utilize sensors to measure their surroundings (including thermometers, accelerometers, distance sensors, light sensors, moisture sensors, etc…). They will learn how to utilize actuators to provide light, motion, sound, and video. Campers will then learn the latest in 3-D printing technology to build hardware to encapsulate their sensors and actuators making their projects come to life. Finally, participants will continue to build their coding skills and use programming to design the latest systems with Raspberry Pi and Arduino platforms. (Prerequisite – FABcamp 2.0)


FABcamp 1.0: June 25-29, July 9-13
FABcamp 2.0: July 30 – Aug 3
FABcamp 3.0: Aug 6-10


FABcamp will be held in state-of-the-art laboratories at the University of California, Irvine and run from 9:00am to 4:00pm. Only lunch will be provided. Space is limited to 30 students per session.


$600 per session includes all project materials, T-shirt and lunch. Current UCI faculty and staff will receive a $75.00 discount. A limited number of full and partial scholarships are available to families with financial need. Please visit the registration page for additional details.

What parents had to say about FABcamp

“I am very grateful for the opportunity that my son was given to attend FABcamp. He was so excited and enthusiastic every day he went to camp. He was very sad when it ended but thankful. He came home every day and told us all about his day and the interesting things that he did. This has given him a new view of the different fields of engineering.”

“Please have the camp next summer for returning participants… My son loved every day of it, it was fun, interesting, educational and the counselors were amazing!!”

“Longer…camp were my son’s wishes.”

“My son had a fabulous time and came home every day eager to tell us what he did. He especially loved the lab tours and also eating in the dining hall. He is really looking forward to next year!”

“My daughter had a great time and learned a lot. I appreciate how nice the staff was and that they made it very enjoyable.”

What participants had to say about FABcamp

“At FABcamp I learned how to develop solutions to problems and to work with other people.”

“I learned a lot at FABcamp. I learned about the different types of engineers and what they do every day. “

“The best part of my FABcamp experience was doing the group competitions near the end of the day. I loved having to work with different people to accomplish the goal each day.”

“There were a lot of fun things here at FABcamp but I think the best was designing, building and riding the hovercraft.”