Camps for K-12 Students

UB/National Grid Leadership Camp

July 30-Aug 2, 2018 (Mon.-Thur. overnight camp) | UB North Campus

campers watching a "live-line" demonstration at National Grid

An engineering camp for students interested in STEM careers

UB's School of Engineering and Applied Sciences and National Grid team up each summer to sponsor a four-day engineering workshop for Western New York students entering their sophomore or junior year in high school.

About the camp

The UB/National Grid Camp provides an opportunity for students with an aptitude in math and science to learn more about careers in STEM and experience campus life. 

Typical activities include:

  • Demonstrations and hands on activities in engineering design
  • Team building and leadership skills
  • Lab and computer exercises
  • Field trips and recreational activities
  • Meals and lodging

To apply

Students are nominated for this program by a school representative. The school representative can be a counselor, teacher, or principal. The principals of participating schools in Erie and Niagara County will be provided with a link via email to the application, along with a user name and password. Please recommend up to four students from your school who would benefit from this experience by giving them the login information so they can apply on our website.

We are especially interested in students from groups that are underrepresented in STEM professions. Two entering sophomores and two entering juniors from each high school may be recommended.


There is no tuition for this program. A $60 non-refundable deposit is required to reserve the student’s place. Scholarships are available on a first-come, first-served basis to students with demonstrated financial need. Each student will receive a certificate at the completion of the program.

2018 Camp Schedule

Below is a summary of activities for each day of this year's camp! For specifics times and additional details, download the full schedule.


8:00-9:50 | Staff check-in

10:00-10:50 | Students Check-in at Greiner Dormitory

11:00-12:00 | Opening Ceremony, presentations (Davis 101)

12:00-12:45 | Lunch for students/parents/staff (Bansal Atrium, Davis 101)

12:45-1:30 | Lab Tours (optional for family),

Digital Manufacturing Lab, First Floor of Bonner Hall

Earthquake Center, First Floor of Ketter Hall

1:30-2:30 | Project intro with Brian Smith (EduSerc), Group division (Davis 101)

2:30-4:00 | Classroom Sessions: Begin projects (Furnas Hall 211-213)

4:00-4:30 | Break (Snacks)

4:30-6:45 | Classroom Sessions: Begin projects (Furnas Hall 211-213)

7:00-8:00 | Dinner (C3, Ellicott Complex)

8:15-10:30 | Watch movie


7:00-7:30 |  Load buses to National Grid 

7:30-11:30 | National Grid Field Trip (includes breakfast and lunch)

11:30-12:15 | Load buses to Niagara Power Vista (5777 Lewiston Road)

12:15-2:45 |  Explore the Niagara Power Vista

2:45-3:30 |  Load buses to Anderson's Ice Cream (Niagara Falls Blvd location)

3:30-4:15 | Anderson’s Ice Cream

4:15-4:30 |  Load buses to UB Davis Hall (White Road)

4:30-6:30 | Classroom Sessions: continue projects (Furnas Hall 211-213)

6:45-7:45 | Dinner (C3, Ellicott Complex)

8:00-10:00 | Classroom Sessions: continue projects (Furnas Hall 211-213)


7:25-8:20 | Breakfast at C3

8:30-11:00 | Classroom Sessions: continue projects (Furnas Hall 211-213)

11:15-11:50 | Dress in business casual attire for business etiquette lunch

12:00-1:15 | Business lunch with National Grid Executives at C3

2:00-4:00 | Classroom Sessions: group prep/power-point (Furnas Hall 211-213)

4:00-4:30 | Break/Snack

4:30-5:00 |  STEM Communication Workshop led by Kristen O’Donnell

5:00-6:30 | Classroom Sessions: group prep/power-point (Furnas Hall 211-213)

6:30-7:30 |  Dinner: Franco’s Pizza delivery (Bansal Atrium)

7:30-8:30 | Davis Hall/Project setup/practice, test-run

8:30-10:00 | Group and PowerPoint prep (Furnas Hall 211-213)


7:30-8:30 | Breakfast at C3

8:45-10:30 | Set-up for presentations, practice (Agrusa Auditorium, Davis)

10:30-10:45 | Welcome of Parents & Officials

10:45-11:15 | Group PowerPoint Presentations

11:15-11:30 | Certificate Presentation

11:30-12:00 | Demonstration of Project (Steven’s Courtyard)

12:00-1:00 | Parent/Staff Closing Lunch (Bansal Atrium)

1:00-2:00 |  Check out at Greiner Hall


Event information

Date: July 30-August 2, 2018
Location: UB North Campus

Additional questions may be emailed to


Recommendations are due by Friday, June 1, 2018

Event Date: July 30, 2018