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Marburger STEM Center
21000 West Ten Mile Road
Southfield, MI 48075-1058

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High School Sophomores, Juniors, and Seniors

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LTU’s Marburger STEM Center offers stimulating academic camps for students interested in engineering, technology, design, and science. Expert professors will introduce you to the latest innovations in modern labs and studios on Lawrence Tech’s Southfield campus.

Camp Options for Students


Day Camper

A day camper will commute to LTU. All camp sessions are from 9 a.m.–4 p.m.


Residential Camper

As a residential camper, you’ll live in student housing, eat in the cafeteria, and participate in fun activities each evening.


Save $100 by attending two, and $200 by attending three camps.

Register before February 1, 2022 and save $100 per camp.

Visit campus and save another $50 per camp.

Camp Schedule

Summer of 2022

Design Studio:
Making a World for People

College of Architecture and Design

Max number of students: 36

Design is embedded in all facets of life. It creates the built environment in which we live, every surface we see and any object we touch. The purpose of design is to make a better world for people. In this hands-on studio, you will explore how specific design processes might create a world that is more thoughtful, sustainable and sensitive. We will engage complex and ill-defined social issues in a thoughtful way, explore ideas that affect the quality of human life and develop designed spaces, products, or media that begins to address those situations. Working in teams that simulate professional environments, this experience will take you through the core of design thinking to learn how to understand complex human situations and propose design outcomes to address them. The camp operates through a series of workshops that will teach the processes involved in design thinking, how to research social topics, practicing the ideation process, how to develop mockups and prototypes and techniques of presenting final designs. Students will present their proposals to design professionals in a 'shark tank' style of project pitch. The camp includes a field experience at the Henry Ford Museum of American Innovation.

Digital Media Production:
Content Creation


Max number of students: 18

Instructor: Quentin Howell

Have you ever wondered what a social media content creator is and how to become one? Being on social media today means being visible to a vast market. Content creation is the foundation of all modern digital marketing efforts. You promote pieces to a target audience. Digital content takes many forms, including web pages, blogs, infographics, videos and social media posts. Millions of pieces of content are published online every single day. To stand out and make an impact on your audience, your content needs to be of a high quality.

In this camp you will learn how to come up with fresh ideas for Video Production to share on Social Media such as TikTok, Youtube, Twitch, IG and more. You will also learn how to grow followers, increase presence and final distribution requirements.

Esports Camp: It's Not Just a Game

Max number of students: 12

Instructors: Danielle Sirekis & Esports Team

Have you ever asked yourself, “What is Esports?” or “What does it take to compete in Esports?” “How can I become an Esports Athlete?” At this camp we will dive into the world of Exports exploring how Esports is an emerging sport that has many opportunities for students and people all over the world. In this camp we will discuss the numerous opportunities that are available for getting into Esports as well as how to set yourself apart from your competition! We will provide you with tools on how to effectively utilize your time to make your gaming sessions the most productive they can be and teach you how to make each gaming session work for you as an athlete! We will address some of the more stressful aspects of gaming and the countless mental strains that come along with being an Esports athlete. We will also explore the various Esports titles that you might encounter as an Esports athlete and the differences between them. Grab your controller and your excitement, and let’s get this game started!

Graphic Design:
Logos and Branding Camp

College of Architecture and Design

Max number of students: 20

Graphic design is all around us, whether the logo of your home-town team, a poster of your favorite band or the icons on your phone. This camp will introduce you to logo and brand design. Under the guidance of an industry professional, you will learn the process of designing a brand system that can be applied to a variety of real-world applications, like t-shirts and websites. Walk away with a portfolio-ready project. You will also visit local design firms and hear guest talks from working graphic designers.

Industrial Engineering:
Fun and Learning

College of Engineering

Max number of students: 20

Instructor: Dr. Ahad Ali

This session is a fun hands-on learning experience that uses LEGOs to build miniature cars. You will learn the basic tools of manufacturing a product on an assembly line. Each participant will learn how to apply the processes that Henry Ford used when he revolutionized the automotive industry with his Model T car. You will gain an understanding of basic industrial engineering concepts, methodologies, and tools. This session incorporates math, science and visualization experiments. This summer camp will be fun, but it will also challenge you!

International Summer Camp in Psychology

College of Arts and Sciences

Max number of students: 20

Instructors: Franco Delogu and Matthew Cole

This summer camp connects students from the United States and Italy in a shared learning and research experience about the scientific study of the human mind and behavior. Exploring subjects such as perception, communication, learning, memory, decision-making, motivation, love, hunger, art, we will try to answer questions like: Why do we sleep and dream? Why are men more aggressive than women? Do animals see colors? Why do we feel fear and happiness? Do people interact differently in social media? How much of our brain do we actually use? This camp involves students from two different countries and cultures in a collaborative research project. Students will have agency and ownership in the process of hands-on discovery in psychology. Students will share and discuss their results with each other, and outside the classroom.

Intro to Landscape Architecture

Featured Summer Camp with the City of Southfield

Max number of students: 20

Instructor: Dr. Hubert Massey and Team

This camp is not an overnight camp and runs June 21-23

Have you ever visited a cool park or urban space and asked yourself “I wonder who designed it?”. A Landscape Architect was likely involved. Landscape architects design parks, campuses, plazas, trails and more! In this hands-on design studio, you will have the opportunity to design your own unique teen space. Further, you will be introduced to a variety of built projects from leading landscape architects and visit these projects on campus, within Southfield City Centre and downtown Detroit. Participants will have fun learning design and leave with a certificate and unique t-shirt from their experience.

This camp is only $100, and requires a separate registration form, seen below. 

Mathematical Epidemiology:
Modeling the Zombie Apocalypse

College of Arts and Sciences

Max number of students: 20

Instructors: Matthew Johnston and Bruce Pell

What would you do if zombies were taking over the world? What tools would you use to assess their spread? What strategies would you implement to counteract it? In this camp, you will look for answers to these questions using mathematical modeling! You will learn the basics of model building, life-saving (and zombie-killing) data analysis techniques, and earn a certificate of excellence in zombie slaying. You will also learn connections with current world health crises, such as the COVID-19 pandemic.

Molecules in Medicine

College of Arts and Sciences

Max number of students: 20

Instructors: Dr. Shannon Timmons, Aleksandra Kuzmanov

Drug discovery is an exciting field at the interface of chemistry and biology. How are medicinal molecules created and how are they tested before they are approved as medicines? In this summer camp, you will prepare and analyze several common pharmaceutical drugs. You will study their toxicity and medicinal uses using several different model systems, including bacteria, mouse cell cultures, nematode C. elegans, and brine shrimp. You will also visit an on-campus high-tech medical simulations laboratory and will discuss various health-related career paths with an experienced advisor.

Sketching & Visual Communication

College of Architecture and Design

Max number of students: 20

This session is designed to develop your drawing and representation skills in charcoal, graphite, ink, and marker and prepare you for a career in architecture or design. In this hands-on session, you’ll observe, draw, and communicate the objects around you and our built environment. The course will demonstrate tools that allow for the connection between hand drawing and digital media. All exercises will help you develop an understanding of foundational drawing and digital skill sets at the college level. The content of this session is supported by visiting guest critics, in-class critiques, and a field experience to the Cranbrook Art Museum to see the work of world class artist and designers.

Frequently Asked Questions

Applying to Summer Camp

Yes, scholarships are available for students who have exceptional academic records and/or who have proven financial need. Contact summercamps@ltu.edu to learn more about scholarships and financial aid.
You can commute or opt for a residential camp. Day camps are $850 and residential camps are $950.

Camp & Class Details

Each camp is taught by our full-time faculty and the curriculum provides students with hands on projects, activities and team based learning. The camps model our motto of Theory and Practice.
Please check out the flyer to review a detailed list of the camps.
For classes, students do not need to bring anything. These items are included in the price of the camp and will be provided for campers on the first day.
Camps will be in session from June 21, 2021 until July 30, 2021 from 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.

While at Camp

Residential campers live in either Donley or South Residence Halls. Both housing units are set up apartment-style. There is a living room, bedrooms, bathroom and kitchen in each unit. There will be basic items in the room already; toilet paper, shower curtain, garbage can.

Housing Photos
Students traveling from out of state will be provided linens, pillows and blankets for their beds. However, in state students should bring their own. Students also should bring their own toiletry items; shampoo, soap, toothpaste, etc. We also recommend bringing some pocket money for any evening activities. We recommend bringing games for in the dorms, but not expensive electronic devices that can be lost or stolen. It will be the camper’s responsibility to secure their belongings in their room prior to them leaving for the days or evening activities.
Lawrence Tech’s on campus dining services provide food for the camps. Day campers get lunch each day and residential campers get breakfast, lunch and dinner each day. Day campers can pay an additional cost to also receive breakfast and dinner each day.
Residential students should arrive the Sunday before the camp between 3–5 p.m. Dinner will be served in the Donley or South Residence Halls at 6 p.m. each Sunday prior to the camp beginning on Monday. Students will meet the resident counselors when they arrive and they will escort the students to the evening activities, breakfast and dinner. Commuter students will check in by 8:30 a.m. in the Atrium of the Buell Management Building on the Monday the camp begins. Please eat breakfast before the camp begins.
Either two or three camp counselors are hired for each camp, depending on the number of campers. The counselors live in the housing unit with the campers for the week and take the campers to breakfast and dinner each day. They will also participate in activities with the students each evening. In addition, each housing unit has a live-in Resident Hall Coordinator, who is a full-time Lawrence Tech staff member.
We will put campers together if they request it ahead of time. Otherwise, campers are placed into room by gender. Rooms are either 2-person or 4-person, and availability of rooms is determined by the Office of University Housing
Scavenger Hunts
Ridler Field House Gym
Detroit Tigers Baseball Game
Admission Counselor Campus Tour
Campus Safety regularly patrols the campus and housing units. There is an Information Desk located in each housing unit that is staffed between 8 a.m. – 2 a.m. each day and night. During the day, camp professors escort campers as needed throughout the campus.

Have any other questions?

Email Alexandra Height at summercamps@ltu.edu

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Early registration is recommended as the camps fill quickly. No refunds will be given after the receipt of registration fees and materials.

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