FAQ

How do I know what workshops I will get?

Workshops are assigned on a first come first serve basis. Our new registration system allows you to select your workshops based on current availability. During your registration, if a workshop is full it will not be selectable.   

It is our hope that if you attend the program for 3 years in a row you will have participated in every department within the college.


How can I ensure my child gets into a specific workshop that they really want?

Availability is on a first-come, first-serve basis. Workshops are limited to no more than 10 kids and 10 adults.   As workshop dates and times are filled, they will be greyed out during the registration process.


Can one adult bring two children?

Yes.  One adult may bring up to two kids.   All kids must be entering 8th – 10th grade.  During registration, you can add an additional child and additional adults to your registration. The workshops for both children must be identical because the adult must be with their children at all times throughout the program.


What are the age requirements?

Kids entering 8th grade – 10th grade is the target audience for this event.

If you have older kids you might want to check out the engineering camps listed below:

  • Electrify Summer Camp – Electrical and Computer Engineering Department
  • MI Bytes  – Computer Science and Engineering
  • SWE Summer Engineering Exploration Camp – Society of Women Engineers
  • WISE Women in Science & Engineering Camps

Where do we park?

Parking instructions will be emailed with your itinerary a couple of weeks before the event.  Please follow the specific instructions on your itinerary.

Dorm Parking:  Participants staying in the dorms will receive a 3-day parking permit when checking into Baits the evening of June 22nd.   Dorm participants, please keep your vehicle parked at Baits as it is a short walk to North Campus and parking is extremely limited.

Parking passes must be displayed prominently on the dashboard of your vehicles. 


Where can we park if we have a handicap permit?

If you have a valid state-issued handicap parking permit, you will still need to obtain a parking pass in order to park on campus. A limited number of spaces are available on North Campus. Please indicate any special parking needs in the special considerations section of the registration process.


What special accommodations can be made for me?

All workshops are in buildings that are handicap accessible.

All accessibility and special dietary requests should be noted in the “Special Considerations” section of the registration page.


Is there another date and time that this program is being offered?

No. Discover Engineering is only offered once during the summer.

Please register early to help ensure a spot.


What time should we arrive?

Parking and registration take place from 7-8:30 am. Please arrive early as it takes about 30 minutes to get your parking permit, park, walk to the registration area, register and have continental breakfast. Workshop leaders will escort participants to their first workshop departing at 8:45 am.   Additional information regarding parking will be emailed about 2 weeks prior to the event.


Are there recommended hotels?

Hotels

There are hotels located near the College of Engineering to the northeast; please contact the hotels for more information and be sure to ask for the University rate. Below are a few hotels closest to the College of Engineering:

Hampton Inn North

2300 Green Road Ann Arbor, MI 48105

(734) 996-4444

Visit their website.

MicroTel Inn

3610 Plymouth Rd

Ann Arbor, MI 48105

(734) 997-9100

Visit their website.

Holiday Inn

3600 Plymouth Road

Ann Arbor, MI 48105

(734) 769-9800

Visit their website.

Residence Inn

3535 Green Ct.

Ann Arbor, MI 48105

(734) 327-0011

Visit their website.


What do I need to bring?

Please wear good walking shoes and bring an umbrella or raincoat in case of rain.

Dorm Stay Participants: A list of packing items is available here.


I have food allergies. What are the special precautions being taken with the food?

Discover Engineering Lunch & Continental Breakfasts: There will be a couple of food options for each meal.  If you have special dietary needs please be sure to note these in the “Special Considerations” section of the registration process. You may also email us at engin-alumni@umich.edu if you would like to provide more information.


What is the cancellation policy?

If individuals need to cancel, a request for a full refund must be made via email no later than 5:00 pm on July 5, 2019. We will be unable to issue any refunds after this date since we will have already incurred a majority of the costs for Discover Engineering. As a self-funded program, we cannot use public university dollars, and therefore refunds are not possible after the date noted above. Please consider this carefully when registering.


Can I send a substitute person in my place?

Substitutions are allowed only if the substitute completes all the necessary forms (and returns them to us completed and signed) at least 30 days prior to the program AND the substitute matches the demographics of the person being substituted (an adult for an adult or a child for a child).


What is included in the registration fee?

Your registration fee includes 2 workshops each day, continental breakfast, lunch, tour transportation and supplies for the workshops.


How did you determine the rates for this event?

This program is self-funded and does not rely on college funds. Rates are set based on the actual costs of conducting this event, including food, tents, bussing, promotion and many other ancillary items.


Do I need to be a Michigan Engineering alum?

You do not have to be a Michigan Engineering alum to join the event.  Alumni do receive discounted pricing.  (Alums see emails sent to you with discount codes)