Summer Engineering Camp

The K-12 STEM Center follows all University guidelines for protecting students, families, teachers, and staff during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Northrop Grumman Summer Engineering Camp at USC is a camp in which current 5th, 6th, and 7th grade students explore aerospace, civil, electrical, environmental and mechanical engineering with hands-on activities such as rockets, circuits, bridges and robots. Students also explore computer science by learning to code and write apps. The Northrop Grumman Summer Engineering Camp (previously Viterbi Summer Engineering Camp and the ExxonMobil Bernard Harris Summer Science Camp) serves 32 students each year and has been a part of USC Viterbi for over 10 years.

The 2022 summer engineering camp will be physically in-person on the USC University Park Campus. This physical format will depend on current university, local and state guidelines.

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The camp is FREE.

Time and Dates

The camp will run from July 18 to July 29 with Monday to Friday of each week. We are planning for a physical in-person camp with a tentative schedule of 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. each day of the camp. However, the in-person format will depend on university guidelines. For physical in-person sessions, lunch will be provided and selected participants will be responsible for own transportation to and from the USC campus.

Application Details

The two parts of the application must be received by May 15. Incomplete applications will NOT be considered. It is the responsibility of the student to ensure that all application materials are received by the deadline. All applicants will be notified by email regarding application status no later than the middle of June. Application forms are to the right.

Application Requirements

  • Submit a complete application, including the online application form with school transcripts and teacher recommendation.
  • Currently enrolled in the 5th, 6th or 7th grade.
  • Have at least a B average in science and math classes.
  • Must attend both weeks of camp.
  • Priority will be given to socioeconomically disadvantaged students (e.g., low income, first generation college, underrepresented in STEM).
  • Priority will be given to active MESA, Mission Science and Viterbi STEM School students and students at schools affiliated with the K-12 STEM Center.

2022 Camp Information

July 18 to July 29, 2022
Monday to Friday of each week

Two Part Application:
Check back in late February 2023 for next year's application

Part 1: Student Application

Part 2: Teacher Recommendation


All Application Materials Due May 15, 2022
Notification by June 3, 2022 through email

The Summer Engineering Camp has been generously sponsored and supported by Northrop Grumman since 2017.

Published on January 11th, 2017

Last updated on August 2nd, 2022