Invention Bootcamp

How to Apply 



Applications for our summer 2019 Invention Bootcamp are currently open.  Please click here to apply.  


(Remember, Invention Bootcamp will be offered in the summer of 2019 only for students who enrolled in 9-12th grade in the 2018-19 school year).


*If you are not yet ready to apply and would like to be reminded, please fill out the 2019 Interest Form.


Anyone can become an inventor when given the right tools.  Invention Bootcamp aims to give more students these tools early in their education.   


Invention Bootcamp is an intensive education experience for high school students. It is led by PSU faculty, Dr. Gerald Recktenwald, and undergraduate engineering students. Students learn basic skills to develop a prototype by completing class-wide projects. In parallel, students apply these skills in creating their own invention. At the end of Invention Bootcamp, students present their invention to the public.


Camp Highlights included:

  • 4-week bootcamp from 10 am - 3:30 pm, summer weekdays (M-F) under the guidance of PSU faculty and students
  • June 24th - July 19th, 2019
  • Create relationships with college students and program mentors
  • Training in engineering software, computer programming, microcontrollers and electrical circuits
  • Training in common engineering tools
  • Design and fabricate own invention
  • Weekly guest speakers
  • Onsite visits to business and maker spaces
  • Finale Presentation will be held on the last afternoon of camp - Open to the public

Fast Facts: 

  • Bootcamp is for four weeks
  • Free for participants
  • High school students eligible
  • Transportation provided from 2 locations to and from PSU

What Students Discover: 

  • Develop Technical Skills
  • Learn about and use prototyping equipment and technology
  • Meet Industry Professionals
  • Collaborate with other students
  • Work closely with college students
  • College Life