The College of Engineering’s mission is “to educate students for careers of service, leadership and distinction in engineering or other fields by using a Learn by Doing, hands-on approach." As one of the college’s outreach programs, EPIC summer camp endeavors to extend this mission to grades 6-11.

The EPIC Experience

HANDS-ON LABS                                                                                                                                       

At EPIC, you’ll explore the world of engineering in hands-on labs that introduce you to the many different fields of engineering:

• Aerospace            • Civil                    • Environmental                • Materials           
• Architectural        • Computer            • Industrial                        • Mechanical
• Biomedical           • Electrical             • Manufacturing               • Software

Your EPIC experience will include designing, building and testing your own engineering project!

You’ll learn about real-world projects when you hear from professional engineers. Past participants include Engineering Professionals from Diablo Canyon Power Plant, Trust Automation, Lockheed Martin, Zurn Wilkins, Applied Materials, Melfred Borzall and Next Intent.

In addition, you’ll see Learn by Doing in action in campus engineering labs when Cal Poly students show you their projects, such as satellites, prosthetic hands, race cars, concrete canoes and other products they’ve developed.


CAMPUS FUN                                                                                                                                   

EPIC isn’t all work and no play. You’ll experience life on a university campus and meet new friends during activities that may include rock climbing, bowling, lawn games and hikes. Engineers from area companies will visit as guest speakers, EPIC staff will raffle off fun items, and hand out free gifts.


EPIC Dates & Times


If you are currently in grades 6-11th, you are eligible to apply for the EPIC 2018 summer camp. Students who graduate in June are not eligible to attend EPIC.


July 8-13:                     Session 1 — Middle School Day Camp & Residential Program Option (grades 6-8)

July 15-20:                   Session 2 — High School Residential Program (grades 9-11)

July 22-27:                   Session 3 — High School Residential Program (grade 9-11)

July 29- August 3:      Session 4 — High School Residential Program (grade 9-11)


Session 1 Day Camp is held from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday, with check-in time from 8:00 a.m. to 8:30 a.m. on Monday, July 9th. If you sign up for the residential option, check-in time will be on Sunday, July 8th at 3:30 p.m. Check out time will be 4 p.m. on Friday, July 13th.

Sessions 2, 3 and 4 check-in time is 3:00 p.m. Sunday and the program begins at 4:30 p.m. Check out time will be 4:15 p.m. on Friday, July 20 and 27 and August 3.


Registration Fees & Scholarships

REGISTRATION FEES                                                                                                                                               

Session 1 — Middle School Day Camp (grades 6-8): $620  (Add $1,000 for residential option)

Session 2 — High School Residential Program (grades 9-11): $1,620

Session 3 — High School Residential Program (grades 9-11): $1,620

Session 4 — High School Residential Program (grades 9-11): $1,620


Need-based scholarships are available. We encourage you to apply for a scholarship if you need full or partial financial assistance.  Your scholarship application is due with your EPIC application by April 15.


What Registration Fees Cover

Registration fees for all residential sessions include breakfast, lunch and dinner daily, a week-long stay in the campus dorms, all activities, project materials and some transportation.

Registration fees for Session 1 Day Camp include daily lunch, water and afternoon snacks, all activities, project materials and some transportation. (Please see Transportation details below).


Sessions 2, 3 and 4 are residential programs only, with campers staying in campus dorms to experience university life fully. A residential option is also available to Session 1 campers who do not live locally or want to experience staying on a university campus.



A daily shuttle bus will pick up and drop off Middle School Day Camp participants at Righetti High School, Fesler Jr. High and Arroyo Grande High School at no extra charge.  If at least 10 students state they need transportation assistance from North County (Paso Robles, Templeton, and Atascadero), a shuttle bus will be scheduled.

For residential high school sessions, shuttle buses from Los Angeles and the Bay Area will transport campers to Cal Poly on Sunday and return them on Friday night at no extra charge.

A Santa Maria and North County bus will not be available Sunday for camp check-in.  However, a shuttle bus will be taking campers to North County, Arroyo Grande High School, and Allan Hancock College Friday after checkout.


Application & Registration Details


Your application is due by April 15. Applying is free. Simply click the “Sign Up” button on the Home page and complete the application form. Please note that signing up for the EPIC summer camp automatically puts you on our mailing list. All communication is done via email.

Scholarship applications are also due by April 15. (Please see Scholarships above.)



EPIC continues to grow every year and attracts more applicants than the number of camper spaces available, which makes our application process necessary. Because EPIC is an outreach program, acceptance is not based on a first-come, first-served basis. However, we do start accepting campers during the first week of April, so it is best to apply early.

EPIC is open to all students currenlty in grades 6-11. The program’s primary goals are to attract more female, first-generation and low-income students to the field of engineering and inspire them to choose it as a career path. However, all students are welcome to apply regardless of background. Acceptance into EPIC is based on the essay you write and an indication (from your GPA, the classes you have taken, extracurricular activities, etc.) that you have applied yourself to your studies.

You will receive an emailed notification of your application’s status by April 30th.



Upon acceptance into the EPIC program, you have until May 19 to complete the online registration and pay the program fee. Payment is done online.  Please do not mail in checks.

Your liability forms must be completed and mailed by May 30 to the following address.

Cal Poly Engineering
1 Grand Ave., Bldg. 192, Rm. 301
San Luis Obispo, CA 93407             

More Information

Please see the Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) page for more information. If you still have questions, please email us at epic@calpoly.edu or complete the form on the Contact Us page.                                                                                                                                                                                             

Thank you for your interest in EPIC!