Ceramic & Glass Engineering High School Institute

This residential camp has been cancelled.

Check out our Glass: Humankind's Most Important Material (and some glasses you can eat!) virtual camp!

Cost of Camp: $930 Residential; $775 Commuters

We will be using CampDoc for our online registration system. We are again partnering with CampDoc (an online registration program) to better serve our campers and staff. CampDoc offers online registration and an electronic health record system for campers. The CampDoc site is secure, encrypted and password protected. Only Alfred University Summer Health Staff will have access to camper health information.

To gain access to our online application, please use the following link (we support the current and previous major releases of Google Chrome, Firefox, Microsoft Edge and Safari):

Camp Registration Portal (CampDoc)
CampDoc Registration Instructions

The Program:
This is a great opportunity to learn about ceramic and glass engineering, to sample life on a college campus and to meet other campers with similar interests and academic ability. The emphasis is on having fun and enjoying our beautiful natural surroundings while learning!

Campers participate in exciting hands-on lab experiences in ceramic processing & tape casting, and glass melting & press forming, working alongside faculty.

With our dynamic, engaging, talented and caring faculty and staff; terrific facilities; and lovely campus, the AU Ceramic & Glass Engineering camp could make this your best summer ever!

Please note: We also offer a camp in Drone/Robotics.

Who Can Attend?
This co-ed, overnight summer camp is designed for high school students who are entering their freshman through senior years. The number of participants is kept small to allow for individualized attention and optimal use of equipment.

Classes are taught by distinguished faculty of Alfred University's Inamori School of Engineering and by advanced AU graduate students. Dr. William Carty, Professor and Chair of Ceramic Engineering, Kazuo Inamori School of Engineering at Alfred University is the director of this program.

Ceramic Processing and Tape Casting:
Ceramic components are at the heart of a vast majority of our everyday items, from cell phones to toilets. At the center of the manufacturing process is ceramic processing - using powders to make usable items. This summer lab exercise will focus on making a ceramic “sun-catcher” that will be fabricated using tape casting, lamination, and glazing, capturing aspects of both historical and advanced ceramic materials and processing techniques. We will discuss the chemistry involved, the reactions that occur at both room temperature and at high temperature, and how these processes affect the properties (light transmission, strength, etc.) of the ceramic component. The students will:

  • Learn about powders and powder processing.
  • Learn to tape cast ceramic materials.
  • Color the ceramic tapes with ceramic colorants.
  • Cut and laminate the tapes to create a "sun-catcher"
  • Fire the samples to create a strong, translucent piece.

Glass Melting and Press Forming:
Glass is everywhere in our daily lives, from the screen on your cell phone and LCD television, to windows, bottles, and fiber optic cables. Unlike other ceramics and materials, glass is not a solid, but a super-cooled liquid. How glass is made, however, is an exciting and visually spectacular event, where raw materials (sand, limestone, and soda ash) are blended and melted at high temperature to form a viscous liquid that can be cast and shaped into objects. This lab exercise will discuss how chemistry affects glass properties and color, making glass, and stress in glass due to cooling. In addition, each student will cast a glass piece to take home! The students will:

  • Learn about glass chemistry and raw materials.
  • Learn to batch glass and mix raw materials.
  • Melt the glass in crucibles in a furnace.
  • Pour the molten glass into "pucks".
  • Press mold these glass pucks into the final form.

Campers arrive between 2:00 and 4:00 PM on Sunday for registration and check-in and they check-out after lunch on Thursday. Campers attend classes/labs during the day and have lots of fun participating in planned recreational activities on and off campus each evening. Living, dining and learning together, they have ample opportunity to get to know each other well and develop lasting friendships. Further information, including a detailed program schedule and driving directions to campus, will be sent to all campers upon acceptance.

Tuition, Room and Board:
$930 ($775 for commuters) - $100.00 deposit required

This covers tuition, supervision, materials, take-home projects, room and board from dinner on the first day through lunch on the last day, and recreational activities. The deposit must be submitted with the application (deadline May 1). Remaining balance is due by June 1.

How to Apply:
Students who wish to apply must submit:

  • A completed online registration form (We support the current and previous major releases of Google Chrome, Firefox, Microsoft Edge, and Safari on a rolling basis.)
  • $100 deposit (paid via online application form)
  • A one-page essay telling us why you would like to attend (in your own words and signed)

Camp Registration Portal (CampDoc)
CampDoc Registration Instructions

Cancellation Policy:
Refunds, less the $100 non-refundable deposit, will be made for cancellations received by June 1. 50% refunds will be made for cancellations received from June 2-10. There will be no refunds given for cancellations received after June 10.

For further general information contact the Office of Summer Programs at 607-871-2612.

The Director for Summer Programs and Camp Director will evaluate all applications after the May 1 deadline and determine which campers will be accepted. Acceptance/non-acceptance notification will be provided to applicants via email. (Campers who apply after May 1 will receive notification within 2 weeks after we receive their application materials.)

Once campers are accepted they will be reminded by email from CampDocs to complete the required documents (parental permissions to attend as well as health records) for camp. These are required by June 1, 2020. Updated immunization information (including dates) is also required at that time. (If you do not have updated immunization information on hand, you may want to acquire this from your physician now to avoid processing delays.)

Out-of-class supervision is provided by our team of Camp Counselors, who are specially trained to serve as positive role models, mentors and friends. In order to ensure everyone has a safe, healthy and enjoyable time on campus, summer campers are expected to abide by the University's summer programs rules & regulations.

When not in classes, students have lots of fun participating in recreational activities.

Sample activities include:

  • Ice-breaker games on the first night to help everyone get acquainted
  • Movies in Nevins Theater
  • Outdoor games such as "Capture the Flag" and "Ultimate Frisbee"
  • Indoor games such as "Who Wants to be a Millionaire," ping pong, board games, basketball, etc.
  • Social gatherings with refreshments & music in the Knight Club
  • Relaxing and socializing at a local coffee house
  • Farewell party on the last night

Campers stay in secure University residence halls dedicated to summer camps (2 per room) and must bring their own pillows, blankets and bed/bath linens for the week (bed linens must fit the extra-long twin residence hall beds). Laundry facilities are available in each hall at no charge. Males and females are housed in separate halls. Our Camp Counselors will be on-site in the residence halls at all times.

Delicious, all-you-can-eat, cafeteria-style meals are served in the campus dining hall. Our Dining Services chefs do an excellent job in accommodating campers with food allergies and other special requirements.

Campers living locally who wish to attend as commuters may do so. The commuter rate, which includes tuition, program materials, and lunch is $775. Campers who wish to commute must check in at registration on Sunday and arrive on campus by 8:45 AM for classes Monday-Thursday. They must be picked up no later than 5:00 PM Monday-Wednesday unless they will be participating in evening activities (please make arrangements with Director of Summer Programs for pick-up times). The last day of camp (Thursday) pick-up time is 1:00 PM. Please be sure to check the "Commuter" box on the application form.

Sorry, there are no scholarships or other forms of financial aid available for this summer program.

  • "I absolutely loved this camp! It was so much fun and very entertaining. They knew how to keep us moving and active." - Emily S. from Norwich, NY
  • "Everything was super awesome!" - Stephen O. from Westport, CT
  • "Ceramics was very fun! The best thing about the week was the glass blowing!" - Hannah H. from Brooklyn, NY
  • "I really enjoyed measuring out the materials and incorporating the chemistry in the process along with the math." - Jenna M. from Binghamton, NY
  • "I learned in-depth information on pottery and ceramics, the science behind it, and how to make various forms of ceramics. I liked when we worked with liquid nitrogen, poured glass, slip casted, made porcelain and did throwing." - Rebekah K. from Baltimore, MD
  • "The best thing was seeing the really cool demos. I was perfectly satisfied with everything. Thank you!" - Alex C. from Chappaqua, NY
  • "I learned many things about ceramic engineering, which I have come to love. I toured the school and I love the environment so much that I want to go here for college. The activity I liked best was the casting. The professor was very into his work and made the learning in class lots of fun" - Martin M. from Falmouth, MA

Alfred University is located in the peaceful village of Alfred in western New York State, where summer days are warm and nights are cool and comfortable. Surrounded by rolling hills and beautiful meadows and valleys, Alfred University is the perfect place to spend an enjoyable week learning more about a favorite subject and meeting other students who share your interests!

The campus, a 6-hour drive from New York City, 2 hours from Buffalo and 1 1/4 hours from Rochester, is easily accessible by car or bus from all directions and is located just five miles south of Interstate 86. The nearest major airport is the Rochester International Airport (about 65 miles north). Transportation to and from that airport can be provided for an additional charge if we receive the request by the date indicated in the acceptance notification. After that date students must make their own arrangements with an airport limo service.

The University may cancel any course or activity at any time because of insufficient enrollment or other unforeseen circumstances. If a program is canceled or postponed, the University will refund registration fees, but cannot be held responsible for other costs, charges, or expenses, including cancellation/change charges assessed by airlines or travel agencies.

Whether considering candidates for admission or financial aid, applicants for employment or the management of its policies and school-administered programs, Alfred University does not discriminate on the basis of gender, sexual orientation, age, race, color, national or ethnic origin, religion, or disability. Alfred University is an affirmative action, equal opportunity employer.