UCO Explore Engineering Summer Academy

School of Engineering – University of Central Oklahoma




Students who will be entering grades 8-10 next year may enroll in one of the following sessions:

Session 1: Mon June 03 - Fri June 07, 2024
Session 2: Mon June 10 - Fri June 14, 2024





About the  Academy

This summer, the School of Engineering at the University of Central Oklahoma will offer its 23rd Summer Academy to students who will be entering grades 8 through 10 in the next school year.  UCO Explore Engineering Summer Academy is divided into two separate 5-day sessions each limited to 15 student participants.




Students in each session will be divided into five teams with each team of three students working under the guidance of a UCO engineering student.  The main objectives are nurturing participants critical thinking skills, promoting diversity and constructive team climate while stimulating creativity and imagination.

Attendees will work in teams to design, build, test, and improve upon their projects to compete with others in a series of design projects in fields of aerodynamics, steam power, 3D-Printing, Structural integrity, and Mechatronics.

Throughout the Academy, UCO Engineering faculty will serve as course instructors. Personalized attention is ensured through a small faculty/student ratio.






When is it?


Session 1: 9:30 am to 3:30 pm each weekday from June 03 through June 07, 2024

Session 2: 9:30 am to 3:30 pm
each weekday from June 10 through June 14, 2024

Where is it?


The Engineering Maker Space is on the UCO campus in Edmond.

A map to the UCO campus can be found by clicking here:

GOOGLE MAPS: Map to UCO in Edmond OK

A map of the campus showing the location of the Engineering Maker Space (which is next door to the Co-op Esports Gaming center) can be found at by clicking here: "3-D" UCO Campus Map

How much is it?


There is no cost to the students that are selected to participate in the Academy (their support is provided through a grant from the State Regents for Higher Education).  In addition, all student participants will receive a stipend to help pay for daily travel costs.


No housing


This Academy is for commuting students only.  Students who live outside the Oklahoma City area may apply but, if accepted, will be responsible for arranging for local housing with relatives or friends within commuting distance of UCO.


Application forms


Students wishing to be considered for the UCO Explore Engineering Summer Academy must submit the following completed forms to the address below.

Note: You will need MS Word or the free MS Word Viewer, or Adobe Acrobat or the free Adobe Acrobat Reader, to view these files.  Both documents contain form fields allowing a user to complete the document on the computer before printing out the completed form.   Otherwise, the blank form may be printed and filled out using a pen or typewriter.




An application form to be filled out and signed by the student and his/her parents.

The application may be downloaded by clicking on the appropriate format:
MS Word Application  or  Adobe PDF Application




A teacher, pastor or Youth leader recommendation/evaluation form that must be completed and signed by the student's science teacher.

The recommendation form may be downloaded by clicking on the appropriate format: MS Word  or  Adobe PDF




A one-page essay, written by the student, describing his or her reasons for wanting to participate in a summer academy on Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM).






Completed forms should be sent to:

Abdellah Ait moussa Ph.D.
School of Engineering 

HOH 221, Box 87
University of Central Oklahoma
100 N. University Drive
Edmond, OK  73034


Review of applications will begin on Monday April 01, 2024. If you would like to have application forms sent to you, please contact one of the Academy Directors listed below.






Academy Directors


Abdellah Ait moussa Ph.D
Phone: 405-974-5293
email: aaitmoussa@uco.edu
BS/MS Mohammadia engineering school 1999
MS University of Central Oklahoma 2004
PhD University of Oklahoma 2012

Nesreen Alsbou Ph.D
Phone: 405-974-5093
BS Kansas State University 2000
MS Kansas State University 2002
PhD University of Oklahoma 2012



UCO Explore Engineering Summer Academy is a one-year grant sponsored by the Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education.


Other academies sponsored by the State Regents may be found by clicking here.


The State Regents have provided links to additional resources for secondary students interested in preparing for college.  These can be found at by clicking here.



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University of Central Oklahoma

Last updated: January 2024

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