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Explore Engineering Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently Asked Questions for Students


What is required of me to participate in camp?

Participants must complete the Explore Engineering application, sign the Explore Engineering guidelines, and pay the $350 camp fee in order to be eligible to participate in Explore Engineering.

Where are we eating?

Explorer Engineering participants will be eating the majority of meals in the dining hall of the residence halls. Several dining options are available to accommodate a range of dietary concerns.

May I have my phone?

Campers will be able to use phones at camp during break times, as appropriate. Students will be expected to act professionally with access to their phones and will not be permitted to use phones during the project and class activities.

Do I get to choose my roommate?

Due to the aim of Explorer Engineering, no. Explorer Engineering participants will have a chance to interact with similar high school students interested in engineering. We seek to connect students together in this manner while emulating a university housing "potluck", where students are paired together based on their interests.

What will the Explore Engineering project be like?

Explore Engineering will cover seven main engineering disciplines offered by the Whitacre College of Engineering. Class time and all activities will help students prepare for an end-of-camp presentation.

What is the participation expectation?

Be interactive and participate in class and in group activities.

What physical activities will I participate in?

  • Walking (large campus) to and from class and the dining hall locations.
  • Pool Activities
  • Recreational Activities

How much free time will we have?

Students will attend various classes Mon.-­Fri., with short breaks throughout the day. Each evening will have fun, free university activities available to participants. Students may also choose to work on their engineering projects during this free time.

Is there a curfew?

Yes. Explorer Engineering participants will remain in their groups throughout the week's activities. For safety reasons, participants will need to follow all camp guidelines, including residence hall and individual room curfews.

What should I bring?

Campers should bring the following to camp:

  • Reusable water bottle/container
  • Backpack
  • Laptop or tablet
  • Sunglasses
  • Hat and/on sunscreen
  • Snacks, or money for snacks (not required, but if desired)

Campers should wear the following to camp:

  • Appropriate clothing for campus environment in the summer (modest)
  • Shoes suitable for walking
  • A more detailed list will be provided as part of the acceptance package.

Frequently Asked Questions for Parents

Will we be able to communicate with our student?

In case of emergency, during class hours (Monday – Friday, 8am – 5pm) please contact camp staff directly.

Outside of class hours, including lunch, you may absolutely communicate with your student. Closer to the time of camp you will receive a schedule so you know where your student will be at all times.

Due to privacy matters, assisting Texas Tech staff and volunteers will not be able to disclose any information regarding participants or the schedule, whether in person or over the phone

How will sleeping accommodations be arranged? 

Explore Engineering participants will be arranged as roommates (female-female; male-male) according to interest similarities while emulating university housing "potluck" arrangements. Female and male students will be arranged in two different wings of a university housing floor. Female camp counselors will have room accommodations during the duration of the camp in the wing assigned to female students, while male counselors will have room accommodations during the duration of the camp in the wing assigned to male students. Additionally, camp coordinators will also have university housing accommodations during the duration of the camp.

How and whom do I contact in case of emergency?

Explorer Engineering participants and parents will be given the contact information of staff upon acceptance. In case of an emergency during work hours (M-F, 8am-5pm), please call the Whitacre College of Engineering at 806.742.3451

What is required of me for my child to participate in camp?

A parent/guardian must sign the required paperwork and ensure campers have submitted the $350 camp fee. Parents are also welcome to attend the camper's final presentations on Friday morning.

How much is required of me at the camp?

Parents are not required to attend any portion of the Explorer Engineering camp. However, we ask parents' assistance during Sunday move-in. Parents are also welcome to attend the Friday's debrief of the week and watch the participants' engineering presentation shortly after.

Do I need to send extra money with my child?

Explore Engineering participants will be given the opportunity to purchase Texas Tech gear and snacks with their own funds. We recommend that each participant bring a minimum of $15 to compensate for any possible lost access cards to the residence halls. Students will be responsible for lost items that are camp or university property.

Frequently Asked Questions for Potential Counselors

What can I expect as a counselor for the Explore Engineering Camp?

Explorer Engineering counselors will serve in facilitating the Explorer Engineering summer camp alongside EOC staff and WCOE staff and faculty. Their goal will be to encourage campers in their pursuit of engineering, aid in students' ability to problem solve and work ethic, and represent Texas Tech University as a whole. Our counselors will help in the classrooms, camper project team meetings, and during social events.

How many counselors will be hired?

The EOC is seeking 12-15 full-time counselors who will stay on campus overnight during the duration of the camp June 21 (12 pm) - June 26, 2020 (3 pm). They will work with Explorer Engineering campers as they immerse themselves in a TTU engineering student's schedule.

What is the pay rate?

The pay rate for Explorer Engineering 2020 Counselors is $900 for their full participation in trainings & overnight stay. Payment will be received by counselors as a onetime payment on the first payday following the camp's end. Please note that the appropriate taxes will be deducted from this sum

What are the times that I need to be available?

If selected as an Explorer Engineering counselor, you will be required to attend an orientation and training session with EOC staff before camp (see the application for detailed information). In addition, counselors will be required to complete trainings required for employees of summer camps (varied times). Counselors must also be available for the full week of the Explore Engineering 2020 camp: Sunday, June 21 (12 pm) - Friday, June 26 (3 pm).

What do I need to submit to be hired?

In order to be eligible as an Explore Engineering summer counselor, applicants must complete all necessary new employee paperwork, complete the Sexual Abuse/Child Molestation Prevention Training and provide the certificate of proof, attend the EOC orientation/training session at which applicants will sign the Explore Engineering Guidelines, and complete the online documentation for a full background check.

Application

Complete the Explore Engineering Application, Recommendation Forms, and Essay to be considered. The deadline for applications is Friday, April 24, 2020. Submit Applications to outreach.coe@ttu.edu.

Questions

Questions may be directed to outreach.coe@ttu.edu

Checklist to Acceptance

  1. Fill out the application
  2. Get two recommendation forms filled out
  3. Write your one-page essay
  4. Email your application, essay, and two recommendations to outreach.coe@ttu.edu
  5. Once acceptance is confirmed submit the $350 camp fee

Explore Engineering Counselors

Complete the Explore Engineering Counselor Application to be considered. The deadline for applications is Wednesday, April 8, 2020. Submit Applications to outreach.coe@ttu.edu.