High-Impact Research University in Southern California
Located on nearly 1,200 scenic acres in Southern California and distinguished by more than 60 years of high-impact research, the University of California, Riverside (UCR) is recognized as one of the most ethnically diverse research universities in the nation. UCR is located approximately 50 miles east of downtown Los Angeles and is within easy driving distance of dozens of major cultural and recreations sites, as well as desert, mountain, and coastal destinations. It's a perfect location for our California engineering summer camp.
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Local Tours and Attractions
Where have past Summer Institute students visited?
The Aerospace Corporation – Previous students toured the only federally funded research and development center committed exclusively to space related technologies. We toured the Los Angeles headquarters and visited with engineers and scientists who are working on innovative research projects such as asteroid defense, new spacecraft propulsions systems, human space programs and many others.
Guardian Jet Center – We toured this Fixed Based Operator (FBO) located at Ontario Airport in Southern California. We visited the hangar facilities and learned how engineers and technicians maintain and upgrade modern corporate jets. We also had an opportunity to meet with the airport’s chief engineer and other key personnel to learn how technology keeps the aviation industry safe and efficient.
What can Summer Institute students expect for weekend activities?
There are plenty of fun things to do in the Los Angeles region, but nothing can help you beat the summer heat and unwind after a long week of engineering like a day at Knott’s Berry Farm. What started as a small berry farm soon began to grow into a family theme park destination thanks to famous fried chicken dinners, boysenberries and an Old West Ghost Town. Knott’s Berry Farm now bursts with attractions and entertainment for all ages, including first-class roller coasters, stage shows, interactive experiences, delicious food creations and family-friendly fun featuring Snoopy and the Peanuts Gang. The once small family farm has grown into today's family fun destination; home to the Knott's Berry Farm theme park, Knott's Soak City Waterpark and Knott's Berry Farm Hotel.
On Sunday, we like to keep it local and make use of all the great facilities on campus. There is a great outdoor pool, where students can cool off and work on their tan; others can play games in the gym, or work out in the fitness center. We'll spend the rest of the day relaxing, catching up on laundry, and recharging for the exciting week ahead!