Chip Camp

Chip Camp, March 12, 2005We offer 2-day chip camps of varying difficulties for groups of 10–16 high school Physics or Chemistry students. In these camps, students will briefly experience what real scientific research is like.

Day 1: Students learn the basics of top-down nanofabrication processes.

Day 2: Students design their own experiment and test it.


To schedule a chip camp:

Please contact Samantha Cruz at (805) 893-5999 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Teachers: Once a camp has been scheduled:

  1. A District contact must sign the district agreement form.
  2. Parents sign the liability waiver and the permission forms.
  3. Students sign the participant responsibilities and both parents and student sign the behavioral code of conduct.
  4. Chaperones read your responsibilities and sign the liability waiver.
  5. Before the camp, students should take the chip camp preliminary survey.

Chip Camp Preliminary Survey (print version)

Students without the signed documents will NOT participate in a camp.

Teachers and Chaperones are providing a service to participating students and their expenses will be paid for through a generous grant from the National Science Foundation. The teacher counts as a chaperone. If girls are present, they need a female chaperone. If guys are present, they need a male chaperone. A mixed group (male + female) need one male and female chaperone.


Past Chip Camps: Hall of Fame The first official weekend-long Nanotech Chip Camp at UCSB was March 12-13, 2005. Since then, we have had many chip camps. To see a list of past chip camps and pictures taken at the camps, click here.

Technical and educational staff services are possible through the generosity of the National Science Foundation through support via the NNIN.