SAME Camps

SAME has been supporting science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) events for over 30 years and conducting camps for almost 20 years.

Our camps are world-class and feature a very impressive record of producing thousands of engineers and STEM leaders. They provide a rigorous experience for students interested in exploring STEM skills and careers. Campers gain a sense of what it takes to become a STEM professional and what options exist to explore that interest from high school to college and beyond. Each camp has a unique curriculum that generally features hands-on activities conducted in a competitive environment that promote teamwork, leadership, project management, and problem solving.

Campers are supervised by mentors made up of professional engineers, engineering students, military personnel, educators, and other STEM professionals. These mentors are committed to inspiring campers to pursue STEM in college. Mentors are also resources for the campers, providing long-term connections for our alumni.

Download the 2020 Camps flyer.

2020 Engineering & Construction Camp applications are OPEN!!
Deadline to apply is March 16, 2020.

SAME Lake Michigan Post Luncheon – December 12, 2019

Steve Blinderman, President, Blinderman Construction, updates the group at the December 11 2019 SAME LMP Post meeting. He shared his experience at the National Small Business Conference and discussed the evolving SAME mission and direction.

Steve is a Member of the Academy of Fellows, a high honor bestowed on those have “rendered dedicated and outstanding service to the Society, military engineering, and the A/E/C profession”.

RVP Tricia A. Muxlow drove to the Dec 11 SAMP LMP Post meeting from Detroit to congratulate the post on their receiving SAME STREAMERS (recognition) for the dedicated work over the past year. Melissa Meade, Post President, received on behalf of the Post.

Steve Blinderman and Rodney Worden, long term active member of SAME, received recognition of their support and work from the RVP Tricia A. Muxlow.

Scott Jackson was recognized for his support and dedicated work in support on his work supporting the SAME LMP STEM initiatives.

And the most important part of the Dec 11 SAME LMP meeting was the support of TOYS FOR TOTS! Ken Endress, NAVFAC, and Rodney Worden, Lake County, received recognition on behalf of the Post on the ongoing support of the Marine’s Toys for Tots mission of Lake County.


SAME has established a Centennial Commission to integrate local and national efforts in support of the Society’s three-year Centennial Celebration.

Cindy Lincicome, F.SAME, is serving as Chair of the Centennial Commission. She will continue to serve on the Board of Direction as an Appointed Director to ensure that the planning and details concerning the Centennial is organized nationally in coordination with Post activities and celebrations as well as with other stakeholder involvement.

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CLICK HERE to view a recent DOD article on Construction Standards After Natural Disasters


CLICK HERE to view 2019 Scholarship Recipient Thank Yous.


The SAME LMP held the first Industry-Government and Small Business Engagement Series on April 11, 2019!

Melissa Meade, PE, Team Leader, Fire Protection, Woolpert opens the Industry-Government and Small Business Engagement Series at Great Lakes.

Steve Blinderman, President, Blinderman Construction, presents on the P-714 Design-Build Unaccompanied Housing Project.

Javid Aboutorabi, Business Development Manager, Clark Construction Group and Kyle Woltersdorf, Project Manager, Clark Construction Group

CLICK HERE to view the Clark/Blinderman team presentation!


CLICK HERE to view recent Federal News Network article – “After years of neglect, military facility upkeep gets attention in 2020 budget”.


CLICK HERE to view a Thank You from the North Chicago Community Partners!


The SAME Lake Michigan Post held its annual Yellow Ribbon Picnic on September 20, 2018!

STEM students had the opportunity to present their experiences at camp.

Tom Heinhold, Chief of Operations Division for Rock Island District of the US Army Corps of Engineers (USACE), also presented on his military engineering experiences.


Thanks for coming out and supporting the North Chicago Community Partners with your donations!


CLICK HERE to view 2018 Scholarship Recipient Thank Yous.


CLICK HERE to view a Government Executive article outlining the recent executive order aimed at improving energy efficiency for federal buildings. The GSA, EPA and secretaries of Agriculture and Energy will be reviewing and modifying efforts to streamline energy and environmental performance issued by their agencies. 


CLICK HERE to view the presentation given by Frank Grimaldi, A.A.E. – Assistant Commissioner at the SAME Lake Michigan Post Luncheon on May 10, 2018: CONSTRUCTING A NEW FUTURE – NOT JUST RUNWAYS, O’HARE 21 – THE VISION


LMP members and spouse participates at the 2018 Illinois State MATHCOUNTS Competition on March 3rd. Members were: Chanda Joshi. Ken Endress, and Charles Dierker and his wife, Monique Dierker


SAME Members volunteer at the 2018 Lake County MATHCOUNTS Competition

SAME Lake Michigan Post supports MATCHOUNTS!


CLICK HERE to view a recent article of the SeaPerch competitions supported by the Lake Michigan Post


Lake Michigan Post Board Vice President Rodney Worden will begin teaching for Northwestern University’s online Executive Management for Design and Construction (EMDC) course.


CLICK HERE to view 2017 Scholarship Recipient Thank Yous

Thank you to the 2017 Annual Scholarship Golf Outing Sponsors: Siemens Industry, Aldridge Electric, Blinderman Construction, GRAEF, Woolpert, American Weathermakers & FGM Architects

The Lake Michigan Post contributed $18,000 in student scholarships in 2017. Pictured from left to right: Zoe Gottlieb, Emma Richert, Olivia
Kluchka, Tanner Carolan, Andrew Thompson, Margaret Mack, Joshua Drummond and
Matthew Drummond. Also receiving a scholarship not pictured was Jake Clady,
Grace Kluchka and Ryan Carolan.

Lake Michigan Post awards $18,000 in scholarships in 2017


The 2017 SAME Midwest Small Business Expo included a wide variety of technical workshops and networking opportunities. Pictured from top left: Emma Kowalenko, Kowalenko Consulting, Dave Rose, Esq., Rose Consulting Law, Jim Hagan & Steve Blinderman, Pamela Sydelko, Argonne National Laboratories, Suzanne Ferris, HGA Architects & Engineers

Jim Hagan and Aina Vilumsons present Ken Endress, Vice President, Lake Michigan Post  with an award recognizing his support of the SAME organization over his career at the Midwest SAME Small Business Expo 2017

Five LMP members and their spouses volunteer to grade IL State MATHCOUNTS Competition math test sheets on March 4, 2017. LMP 14 volunteers (4 LMP members and 8 other community friends) served at the Lake County, IL MATHCOUNTS Competition on February 18, 2017.

Past LMP President Aina Vilumsons with incoming LMP President LCDR Shanewit Nopkhun, CEC, USN

Anthony Bilotti of Kowalenko Consulting Group and Mark Thompson of Hanson Professional Services, Inc. present information related to the South Suburban Airport. The LMP board is sworn in.

Original newspaper article from 1972 showing the founding of the Lake Michigan Post

The Lake Michigan Post Board of Directors are Sworn in at the January 12, 2017 meeting

Past Lake Michigan Post President Joel Sensenig, PE, CEM, shared insights on strategic leadership to the group

Mike Woodruff, author of FutureView, addresses Lake Michigan Post members at the January 12 meeting