The DTE Summer Camp for 2018 has been cancelled due to under enrollment. We will do a better job marketing this for next year. Stay tuned to learn about the DTE Summer Camp for 2019.

The DTE Summer Camp will be a place where rising High School Juniors and Seniors can explore their design, technological and entrepreneurial interests. What is DTE? It's an acronym for Design, Technology and Entrepreneurship and the name of a new, interdisciplinary program recently added to the list of majors offered at Illinois Wesleyan University. Through this program, we provide our students with the tools they need to conceive, and develop a product or service and take it to market. How cool would it be to get this experience in a camp setting? Learning about ideation, product design and the business behind it all is any innovator's dream!

Our students come from multiple backgrounds and have various interests. Our goal is to give more students the opportunity to dabble in these cool areas of expertise. Our camp is a great opportunity for that. The DTE camp seeks to cultivate an environment for young designers, innovators and entrepreneurs to discover more about the DTE world! The camp is filled with hands-on ideation, 3D modeling, prototyping, equipment demos, interviewing and business plan practice. Campers will even learn how to use 3D Printers and Laser Cutters. This camp is the perfect opportunity for curious students to get a taste of the conception, development and marketing of a product or service.

Wherever you are on your journey, we encourage you to try our camp and learn about the benefits of a DTE background while developing important skills for campers interested in any career. See you on campus!

student Everyone in the camp will participate in a product design challenge. Here are some of the specific things you'll be doing:

  • Interviewing
  • Ideation
  • Eat ice cream
  • The Marshmallow Challenge
  • Use 3D printers and Laser cutters
  • Prototyping
  • Feasibility analysis
  • Use the Business Model Canvas
  • Learn about materials
  • 3D modeling
  • Tell stories
  • Learn about manufacturing techniques
  • Find out about patents and intellectual property
  • Marketing

 Disclaimer: Students do not have to be interested in pursuing the DTE major to attend the camp. This camp is for any creative, and innovative student!

Please contact Bruno deHarak (bdeharak@iwu.edu) if you have any questions.