Summer Camp

TechVenturing: Design, Create and Sell! (Grades 7-12)

Tech Venturing Design, create and learn how to sell your own invention. For the summer of 2018, our TechVenturing camp will be switching gears. New this year, students will learn how to market their design through a website they will learn how to create.

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.

Program Content
Location(s)  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, July 14 from 3-5 pm. Commuter Camper Drop-Off takes place Monday, July 15 beginning at 8:45 am. Commuter Camper Pick-Up takes place daily at 4 p.m.
Dates   July 14-19, 2019
Included in the program
  • Design a 'stand' using AUTOCAD software that will consist of a metal and a plastic component. The possibilities are endless!
  • Build their creation using 3D Printers and in our on-campus welding shop.
  • Create their own website that will serve as a marketing platform for their design.
Participation Criteria 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 If a program is withdrawn, participants will be notified and fees will be refunded.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.


Estimated Cost* Commuter Cost: $225
Residential Cost: $375

Register before March 15, 2019 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* July 5, 2019

Instructor Bios

Justin Georges

  • Justin Georges. 
  • Webmaster and Tk20 Administrator
  • Western Illinois University

Rafael Obregon

  • Rafael Obregon. 
  • Professor, Engineering Technology
  • Western Illinois University

Brent Payne'

  • Brent Payne;
  • Professor, Construction Management
  • Western Illinois University


Contact Us

Sally Adams
For Questions


Horrabin Room 8

(309) 298-1911