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The application process for 2014 is now closed.

OcEaNA 2013 at the HiPer Craft Symposium

What is OcEaNA?

OcEaNA camp, short for Ocean Engineering and Naval Architecture, is a hands-on engineering camp where you will build your own underwater robot and learn about the oceans and ocean exploration.

Why Attend?

If you are excited to get your hands dirty and feet wet this is the camp for you!

Where will the camp be held?

OcEaNA will take place at 1100 Exploration Way in Hampton, Virginia. Click here for a map.

But Virginia Tech is on the opposite side of Virginia!?!

Actually, we are all over! In Virginia alone VT has a presence in Blacksburg, Roanoke, Northern Virginia, Richmond, and Hampton Roads. Plus, you will find VT represented in Switzerland, Egypt, India, and the Dominican Republic!

Who is Eligible?

If you are a rising 7th or 8th grader and have not previously participated in OcEaNA, you are eligible to apply.

What Should I Bring?

Wear what you usually wear to school, but keep in mind that you will likely get dirty and/or wet. Please note that closed toed shoes are required in the laboratory. You will use our laboratory supplies. Plan to bring your own lunch each day.

When Should I Plan to Arrive and Depart?

OcEaNA will take place from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm July 7-11, 2014. You will need to provide your own transportation to/from 1100 Exploration Way in Hampton.

How Do I Apply?

The application is available online here.

A letter of recommendation from a current math or science teacher must accompany your application. Your application will not be considered without a letter of recommendation. Letters can be e-mailed to

Consideration of complete applications will begin June 2, 2014.

Commitment Fee

A $100 non-refundable commitment fee will be required for those students who are accepted (PLEASE DO NOT SEND A CHECK OR MONEY ORDER WITH THE APPLICATION). This fee will confirm your spot in the program.

Should payment of the $100 fee cause undue hardship for an applicant, a small number of scholarships are available upon request. It is not intended for anyone to be prevented from participating due to financial concerns. E-mail for further information.


OcEaNA 2014 is made possible by Virginia Tech's College of Engineering and the Center for the Enhancement of Engineering Diversity (CEED), the National Institute of Aerospace (NIA), Naval Sea Systems Command's Dahlgren Division (NSWCDD), the National Science Foundation (NSF) and Virginia Tech's Advanced Research Institute.