Detroit Mercy to host Engineering & Technology Teacher Boot Camp

Update 6/20: The Engineering & Technology Teacher Boot Camp will now be hosted online and not on the McNichols Campus. Interested individuals may still sign up for the camp via email at

The College of Engineering & Science will host its second Engineering & Technology Teacher Boot Camp from July 20-24 and 27-30. This boot camp runs from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day and is free to area high school teachers and instructors.

The Engineering & Technology Teacher Boot Camp takes place in the Engineering Building on the McNichols Campus. The goal of this boot camp is to help high school teachers learn how to incorporate advanced technology and engineering applications into their courses. In addition, the boot camp will provide examples that illustrate and connect core science and mathematics learning outcomes.

“Science teachers today are pressured to incorporate a host of standards which at times feel incompatible and overwhelming,” explained Andrew Lapetina, an instructor for Detroit Mercy’s iDRAW program. “The teaching strategies and technology presented and provided by the Teacher Boot Camp are engaging for students, cutting edge, and designed with the realities of high school classrooms at the forefront.

Participants may attend one or both weeks. Upon completion of the boot camp, each teacher will receive an engineering kit that includes an Arduino board, a collection of inexpensive sensors and actuators and a one-year license for MATLAB/Simulink software. A Michigan State Continuing Education Clock Hour will be granted to attendees as well. Interested teachers may also earn certification to offer an engineering elective course at their school for dual enrollment credit at University of Detroit Mercy.

This boot camp is free thanks to our sponsors: Detroit Mercy, The Tech Interactive/MathWorks and Ford Motor Company/STEAM. Interested individuals may sign up for the camp via email at