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Camp SOAR participant controlling a simulated jet plane.

Camp SOAR (Summer Opportunities in Aerospace Research)

Camp SOAR is a five day summer camp designed to expose rising high school juniors and seniors with an interest in aerospace engineering to the research and facilities at Texas A&M University’s Department of Aerospace Engineering. During the five days at Texas A&M, campers explore the field through hands-on design projects and tours of our research facilities.

Registration is now closed. Applicants will be notified of admission in early April. 

Camp SOAR offers participants three tracks: airplanes, helicopters and space.

The campers design and build a project within their track. Throughout the experience, campers are introduced to the engineering design process and develop critical thinking and teamwork skills.

Outside of their design work, campers visit many of our facilities while they're on campus including the Vehicle Systems & Control Laboratory, Land Air and Space Robotics Laboratory and the hypersonic wind tunnels of the National Aerothermochemistry and Hypersonics Laboratory. They also have the opportunity to learn from our world renowned faculty and engage one-on-one with current aerospace engineering students.

Campers stay on campus in modern residence halls and have access to the university’s recreational facilities, library and computer labs.

Camp Faculty Leads

John Valasek, Vehicle Systems & Control Laboratory

Ana Diaz Artiles, Bioastronautics and Human Performance Laboratory

Moble Benedict, Advanced Vertical Flight Laboratory

Kyle DeMars, Prometheus Laboratory

Daniel Selva, Space Systems Engineering, Autonomy, and Knowledge (SEAK) Laboratory

Program Dates

Camp SOAR 2024 is scheduled for June 2-6, 2024.


Students enrolled as high school juniors or seniors as of Fall are eligible to apply. Out-of-state applicants are welcome!

Application Requirements

  • Recent unofficial high school transcript
  • Camp SOAR application essay
  • Nonrefundable $35 application fee


Selection is based on academic qualifications and potential benefit to the participant. Campers selected for the program will receive more detailed instructions at that time. 


Camp SOAR cost includes room, board and camp activities. Financial need-based scholarships are available.

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