For rising high school freshmen and sophomores
June 17 to 28, 2024
On the UC Berkeley campus
Take your maker skills to the next level at UC Berkeley this summer. You’ll work side by side with fellow campers to imagine, design, and build a mini golf course using state-of-the-art tools in the College of Environmental Design’s wood and metal shop and digital fabrication lab.
Attend our OPEN HOUSE on Sunday, March 17, 10:30am – 12 noon — Register here.
A Creative Design/Build Experience
In this intensive design/build day camp for rising first- and second-year high school students, you’ll collaborate on a small team to create one mini golf hole. Get creative with themed environments, tunnels, bridges, buildings, windmills, tubes, ramps, characters and other engaging elements and obstacles. The sections will be joined together and installed in the CED courtyard, creating a complete course for you to play with family and fellow campers on the final day. It’ll be a “hole” lotta fun!
Design and build in an industrial fabrication shop
The camp emphasizes a hands-on learning experience in CED’s 4,000-square-foot industrial wood and metal shop and the adjacent state-of-the-art digital fabrication lab. It’s a unique opportunity for high school students to get experience with professional-grade equipment, including table saws; welding, machining, and casting equipment; Prusa 3D printers; Universal laser cutters; and a CNC router. Highly skilled fabrication specialists will instruct you on how to safely and effectively use these tools to bring your design ideas to life.
Why Berkeley Design + Build Camp?
- Engage in college-level design thinking and communication skills
- Level up your maker skills by learning how to use professional woodworking and metalworking equipment.
- Explore digital fabrication software and tools
- Create a complete project from initial idea to finished object
- Develop STEM skills
- Collaborate with other creative teens
- Experience a college campus
- Receive a certificate of completion from UC Berkeley
Design + Build Camp is offered in person on the UC Berkeley campus. It takes place in Bauer Wurster Hall, the home of the College of Environmental Design.
The camp fee is $2,900. This fee includes:
- Instruction and supervision
- All materials
- Use of the shop and lab equipment
- UC Berkeley certificate
- Lunch at the final celebration on June 28 (students bring their own lunches on all other days)
- PLUS take home one of your fabricated objects
A small number of need-based stipends are available. The general financial aid guidelines for other CED Summer Programs apply (see CED Summer Program Deadlines & Fees page, toward the bottom of the page).
The camp meets daily from June 17 to 28 (*no instruction on June 19 due to campus holiday), 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Final celebration: June 28 (parents invited)
This is a fast-paced class with important instruction in every class session. Therefore, there are no excused absences at Design + Build Camp. Students are expected to attend every camp day and be present for the full class session. There are no exceptions. Students who anticipate missing too much class time will not be allowed to attend the program. Anticipated absences not addressed prior to the refund deadlines will not be considered for an exception.
Registration and Enrollment
This is a non-credit-bearing commuter camp for students entering 9th or 10th grade. To register, parents and students complete an online application together.
Application processing fee: $50
Students will be notified by email of their admission and with details on the next steps. (Please check your spam folder if you don’t hear from us after two to three weeks.) The next steps are signatures via DocuSign ("enrollment") and payment.
The camp has rolling admissions, i.e., we admit eligible students in the order in which we receive their applications. After the camp is full (the limit is 30 students), we will keep a waitlist - in case there are cancellations - and close the online application after the waitlist is full. Admission will be confirmed via email.
NOTE: A space in the program is only confirmed after the student is fully enrolled, i.e., parents have signed pertinent forms via DocuSign, including liability, waiver, code of conduct, and confirmation that students commute from home or from a trusted and responsible relative, and have paid all camp fees.
Deadlines and Refunds
Camp application deadline: April 14, 2024. NOTE: since we have rolling admissions and the program is limited to 30 students, we strongly recommend applying early.
Need-based stipend application deadline: March 11, 2024
Cancellation deadline for a full refund (minus a processing fee of $150): April 15, 2024
Cancellation deadline for a partial refund (50%): April 30, 2024. There will be no refunds after that date.
NOTE: If you enroll after the respective cancellation deadlines, you will be financially responsible for the fees as indicated above.