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Camp SOAR participant controlling a simulated jet plane.

Camp SOAR (Summer Opportunities in Aerospace Research)

Camp SOAR is a six 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 week at Texas A&M, campers explore the field through hands-on design projects and tours of our research facilities.

Camp SOAR participant preparing to launch a small rocket.

Camp SOAR offers participants four tracks: airplanes, helicopters, airships and virtual reality (VR) in space.

The campers design and build a project within their track. Throughout the experience, campers are exposed 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 and Control Laboratory, Land Air and Space Robotics Lab and the Oran W. Nicks Low Speed Wind Tunnel. 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.

Program Dates

Camp SOAR 2024 is scheduled for June 2-6, 2024. We anticipate opening applications beginning December 2023.


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 will be shared at a later date and will include room, board and camp activities.

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