ABOUT SEMA RACE CAMP

SEMA is hosting a Summer Camp designed to give kids a hands on, adrenaline racing, and competitive experience with customizing vehicles! Using Traxxas RC cars, campers will learn the basic mechanics of vehicles by taking them apart and putting them back together. We believe in hands-on fun here at SEMA! Using SEMA Garage’s 3D printer, the campers will then create parts to customize their vehicles for performance, aesthetics or just plain speed!

At the end of the week, there will be a car show with local customized vehicles and the campers will race the vehicles they have worked on all week. Mix all of that in with celebrity appearances and off-site field trips and you have got an unforgettable week!


We appreciate your interest. Camp Registration is now CLOSED.


Camp Information

  • July 18 - 22 2016
  • Drop off: 9am Pickup: 4pm
  • SEMA Garage - Diamond Bar, Ca
  • $95/Camper
  • Age Range: 10 - 13 years old

Camp Highlights

  • Campers will work on and customize Traxxas RC cars
  • Races taking place at the end of the week complete with Awards Ceremony
  • Field trip to the NHRA Museum
  • Celebrity appearances from Sung Kang from the Fast and the Furious films and Steve Strope, a nationally recognized vehicle builder
  • Creative day working closely with SEMA Staff to prepare for race day

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SEMA CUSTOM CAR CAMP SCHEDULE

Day 1

  • 9:00am - 10:00am Welcome & Agenda Overview

    Welcome all participants to the first Summer Camp, and introduce all participants. Then the agenda review, Rules & Guidelines discussion, and Team Assignments.

  • 10:00am - 10:45am Project Overview - Introduction to RC Cars

    Presentation on RC Cars, overview of cars, overview of project; Hands-on demonstration of full-size vehicle for perspective (Greg Adler + Trophy truck); RC Car -> UTV -> Trophy Truck.

  • 10:45am - 11:00am Break

    This will be a 15 minute break.

  • 11:00am - 12:00pm TEAM: RC Car Tear Down & Instruction

    Staff, volunteers and teams tear down cars and learn about the vehicle's components.

  • 12:00pm - 1:00pm Catered Lunch

    Catered Lunch

  • 1:00pm - 2:00pm TEAM: RC Car Customization

    Review opportunities to customize the RC cars.

  • 2:00pm - 3:30pm TEAM: RC Car Rebuild & Instruction

    Students to put their RC cars back together and test them to ensure operability.

  • 3:30pm - 3:45pm DISCUSSION: What did we learn?

    Engage students in discussion on what they learned.

  • 3:45pm - 4:00pm DISCUSSION: Prep for Tomorrow

    Discuss agenda & plan for the next day.

Day 2

  • 9:00am - 9:05am Welcome Back

    Discuss the agenda for the day.

  • 9:05am - 10:00am Tour the SEMA Garage

    Students tour the Garage, including Photo Cove, Installation Bay, Lab, 3D Printer and Scanning Equipment.

  • 10:00am - 10:30am Aftermarket Product Development

    Aftermarket professionals showcase their new products and talk about what inspires them to develop new products, thought processes and what they think is cool.

  • 10:30am - 10:45am Break

    This will be a 15 minute break.

  • 10:45am - 12:00pm Project Overview - Product Development

    Provide students with instructions - based on their RC car knowledge what new product would they like to develop or what current product would they like to make better/look cooler? Provide 8-10 options for them to design and build.

  • 12:00pm - 1:00pm Catered Lunch

    Catered Lunch

  • 1:00pm - 3:30pm TEAM: New Product Development Idea & Design

    Five Teams of four students each work with staff and volunteers to design their new product on paper, develop in CAD and print in 3D.

  • 3:30pm - 3:45pm DISCUSSION: What did we learn?

    Engage students in discussion on what they learned.

  • 3:45pm - 4:00pm CLOSING: Prep for tomorrow

    Discuss plan for tomorrow.

Day 3

  • 9:00am - 9:05am Welcome Back

    Discuss the agenda for the day.

  • 9:05am - 9:30am FIELD TRIP: Travel Time

    Bus Travel to the NHRA Museum.

  • 9:30am - 11:00am FIELD TRIP: NHRA MUSEUM

    Students will visit the NHRA Museum in Pomona and learn about America's drag racing heritage.

  • 11:30am - 12:00pm FIELD TRIP: Travel Time

    Bus travel back to SEMA.

  • 12:00pm - 1:00pm Lunch

    Catered Lunch

  • 1:00pm - 3:00pm TEAM: New Product Presentation

    Teams present their new 3D printed product prototype to the group; students vote on best new product.

  • 3:00pm - 3:30pm New Product Photography

    Teams get high quality photographs of their products and with their cars; Learn about automotive photography; Photos posted to private social media site.

  • 3:30pm - 3:45pm DISCUSSION: What did we learn?

    Engage students in discussion on what they learned.

  • 3:45pm - 4:00pm CLOSING: Prep for tomorrow

    Discuss plan for tomorrow.

Day 4

  • 9:00am - 9:05am Welcome Back

    Discuss the agenda for the day.

  • 9:05am - 9:30am Meet the Designers

    Presentation by Sung Kang & Steve Strope; student Q&A.

  • 9:30am - 10:30am Walk Through a Car Build

    Review celebrity car build with student leaders.

  • 10:30am - 12:00pm Friday Prep & Creative Time

    Students will design and build the track, create posters for the events and plan the car show.

  • 12:00pm - 1:00pm Lunch

    Catered Lunch

  • 1:00pm - 3:00pm Race Setup & Practice Time

    Students will be provided the opportunity to get some time with their cars and make any last minute adjustments before the big race!

  • 3:00pm - 3:30pm DISCUSSION: What did we learn?

    Engage students in discussion on what they learned.

  • 3:30pm - 4:00pm CLOSING: Prep for tomorrow

    Discuss plan for tomorrow.

Day 5

  • 9:00am - 9:05am Welcome Back

    Discuss the agenda for the day.

  • 9:05am - 10:00am Mini Car Show Setup

    Students work a real car show and help design and set it up at the SEMA Garage.

  • 10:00am - 12:00pm Mini Car Show

    Students participate in a mini car show and showcase their RC Cars; Local members and parents encouraged to attend and join for BBQ lunch.

  • 12:00pm - 1:00pm Lunch

    Students, parents and guests are invited to join us for a BBQ lunch at the SEMA Garage.

  • 1:00pm - 3:00pm RC Car Race & Competition

    Students race their RC cars.

  • 3:00pm - 3:30pm Student Awards

    Recognize students for their participation during the week, new product design, video game racing and RC car racing.

  • 3:30pm - 4:00pm Thank you & Evaluations

    Thank students and parents for participating; Thank volunteers for participating and provide gifts; Ask students to complete event evaluations.