TechVenturing (Grades 7-12)

NEW for TechVenturing camp in the summer of 2020 will be lego robotics! Led by WIU's Interim Chair of the Department of Physics, Kishor Kaple, who has paved the way for regional youth at numerous state robotics competitions. We will also be welcoming back web coding to program content! Joining us once again, will be Rafael Obregon, an internationally recognized expert in design, with over 30 years of experience and Brent Payne, Professor of Engineering Technology.

Location  The program takes place on the WIU-Macomb campus with a commuter or residential option. Classes are held both on and off campus and meet Monday-Thursday from 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.

Residential Camper Check-In takes place Sunday from 3-5 pm. Commuter Camper Drop-Off takes place Monday beginning at 8:45 am. Commuter Camper Pick-Up takes place daily at 4 p.m.
Dates   July 12-16, 2020
Included in the program
  • Introduction to AUTOCAD software 
  • 3D Printing 
  • Welding
  • Web Coding
  • Lego Robotics 
Participation Criteria

15 of 16 spots available

The program is open to students in grades 7-12 who are admitted on a firstcome, first-served basis. Enrollment is limited to 16 students, so please register early.



Enrollment is limited to 20 students who are admitted on a first-come, first-served basis. The full $225 commuter and $375 residential registration fees includes all program costs. Registration forms, with payment information, can be completed online at www.wiu.edu/summeryouth, mailed to Study Abroad and Outreach, Horrabin Hall 8, Western Illinois University, 1 University Circle, Macomb, Il 61455, or faxed to (309) 298-2226. Checks are to be made payable to Western Illinois University.

Refund Policy:

WIU reserves the right to withdraw a program because of unforeseen circumstances or insufficient enrollment. If a program is withdrawn, participants will be notified and fees will be refunded. A $50 fee will be charged to participants who cancel two weeks prior to the start of the program. No refunds will be made to participants who cancel one week prior to the start of the program.


Participants are housed at WIU's Corbin Olson Residence Hall. They will participate in both outdoor and indoor extracurricular activities. Students are supervised by faculty and carefully-selected resident counselors to ensure a safe and enjoyable time on the Western campus.

Medical/ADA Compliance:

Students do not qualify for University health care. Parents should check family insurance policies for health and accident coverage. Western Illinois University is in compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990. Please let Study Abroad and Outreach staff know how we can accommodate any special needs students may have at least two weeks prior to the program start date.

Western Illinois University is an Affirmative Action and Equal Opportunity employer with a strong commitment to diversity. In that spirit, we are particularly interested in receiving applications from a broad spectrum of people, including, but not limited to, minorities, women and individuals with disabilities. WIU has a non-discrimination policy that includes discrimination based on an individual’s membership in the following classes: sex, race, color, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, religion, age, marital status, national origin, disability, genetic information, veteran status, and any other classes protected by state or federal law.


Cost Commuter Cost: $225
Residential Cost: $375

Register before April 3, 2020 and receive a 10% Early Bird Discount off the commuter or residential registration cost. Registration includes all program costs. Payment Plan and Scholarship information is available by contacting our office. Parents who wish to use a Payment Plan must pay a $100 deposit at the time of registration in order to hold a program spot. Full payment is due one week prior to the start of the program.
Payment Plan & Scholarship

To take part in the payment plan, please send a $100 deposit at the time of registration. Full payment is due one week prior to the start of the program.

Further Information: To inquire about the partial scholarships, need-based assistance, or payment plan options, please contact the Office of Study Abroad and Outreach at (309) 298-1911.

Deadline Two week prior to the start of camp. 

Rafael Obregon

  • Rafael Obregon. 
  • Interim Chair, Engineering Technology
  • Western Illinois University

Brent Payne'

  • Brent Payne
  • Professor, Engineering Technology
  • Western Illinois University


  • Kishor Kapale
  • Interim Chair, Physics
  • Western Illinois University

Contact Us

Sally Adams
For Questions


Horrabin Room 8

(309) 298-1911