How do I become an Engineer?
If you want to become an Engineer, you have to study Engineering! But you do not have to want to be an Engineer to attend this program! All you have to have is a desire to check out something new, and to make new friends, and to explore premier colleges and Universities around the nation.
What ages do you accept? And what grades?
Because ages and grades can vary by geography and nationality, we list our program both ways, and we accept into the program: 12-17 year old students / students entering grades 8-12 in the coming school year (after camp).
Do I need a background in engineering to attend this program?
No. We accept students with any amount of engineering experience. Very few students have had a solid engineering class or a formal background in this discipline. This program will introduce all students to the principal areas of study within engineering.
Will students find out about career options in engineering?
Yes! One of our curricular goals is to give students the opportunity to find out about and explore a myriad of options and careers within engineering. From Electrical Engineering to Aeronautical and Space Engineering, there is a whole wonderful world of opportunity in today’s tech world, and we will discuss these options and how to become an engineer as part of our classwork.
Do IEEE members get preferred pricing?
Yes! There is an IEEE discount for those members who would like to send their family member or friend to the program. The tuition is listed on our registration page; please call or email us with any questions! 866-397-2267
Who will my roommates be? What are the residence halls like?
Roommates are matched by age and using the information provided in the roommate section of the application. Students are housed on halls, and organized and separated by self-described gender and age. Staff members will live on each floor to provide constant supervision and direction. Explore each program location to read more about each venue.
I’m flying to camp; can someone pick me up?
Yes; we offer drivers and vans to pick-up and drop-off students. Please contact our office for details. For those who choose this service, full payment and travel information must be submitted by June 1st. The price for this service is $175/both ways, and $95 for one-way pickup/dropoff service.The airport codes for airports closest to each camp include:
- University of California, Riverside: LAX – Los Angeles International
- University of Minnesota, Twin Cities: MSP – Minneapolis – St. Paul
- Vaughn College: JFK or LGA – La Guardia
- Texas A&M University: IAH George Bush International
Do you accept international students?
Yes! International students visiting the United States to attend a summer camp do not need anything other than a tourist visa. Neither an F-1 nor an M-1 visa is required. Visas can be obtained from the U.S. Embassy or Consulate in the student’s home country. We do not offer assistance in obtaining the visa or with entry into the United States. Students can be picked up at the airport using our optional drop-off/pick-up service. Please email or call us for more information.
Do you accept day students?
No! We want our students to live, laugh and learn together and to become one cohesive group. Our structured classwork and social factors revolve around a 24-hour schedule. Join us!
It’s our first time sending our child to camp. Is this a good option for us?
Yes! We train our staff to work with students who are experiencing their first sleepaway camp.
Our child has been going to sleepaway camps for years. Is this a good option for our family?
Yes! We work very hard to make the experience safe, fun, and a wonderful learning and growth opportunity. This applies to every student, regardless of how much experience they have at camp!
Can I bring my mobile phone or laptop?
Students may bring their mobile phones; however, we have a strict mobile phone use policy. Students may not carry phones with them around campus, in the dorms, in class, and have very limited use. Phone use can be disruptive to the learning environment and can prevent students from connecting with new friends and mentors. Students may take cell phones on all off-campus trips, as an extra level of safety. Students and parents may reach each other 24-hours a day through the program office. Students may not bring laptops.
How well supervised are the students while attending this program?
Safety is our top priority! The environment is filled with excitement, relaxation, and opportunity. Throughout the day, students are offered a variety of supervised activities tailored to their interests and energy levels. With an experienced, highly trained staff and college security, we provide the necessary supervision to ensure the safety and wellbeing of all students.
What is the difference between this program and others?
The focus of TryEngineering Summer Camps is on student achievement, personal growth, academic enrichment and socialization all bundled into an amazing collegiate experience. The curriculum has been developed by engineers and educators from IEEE, the world’s largest technical professional association with 130 years of rich history and expertise. The academic program is aimed at providing students with engineering foundations, skills, and tips on preparing for academic and career paths in engineering. The camp program is being coordinated and delivered by Branded Camp Services, a provider with over 20 years of experience implementing premier academic summer camps for students. Each camp will also leverage the amazing resources provided by the host university. In concert, these resources create a unique camp experience that will make a lasting impression on students that will ultimately help to shape their future.
Is there any difference between Session 1 and Session 2? Do I have to go to Session 1 to go to Session 2?
The only difference is Session 1 includes the 4th of July! We’ll have class that day as usual and then go see what cool fireworks we can find! Academically the programs are the same and mirror one another. Students who choose to attend a second session during the summer will be immersed in the same work, and given the opportunity to explore it in new ways. So no, there is no difference between the two sessions, and, you don’t have to attend session 1 to attend Session 2, they are both stand-alone programs.
How do I apply for a job with this program?
We do have a limited number of positions open. Click HERE to go to our Human Resources page.
Do you have scholarships?
Yes! There are a limited number of scholarships available. To see the full list of information and to apply, please visit our scholarship page: SCHOLARSHIP PAGE. During the 2018 pilot year of TryEngineering Summer Camps, scholarships will only be available to U.S. residents. In future years, we will be offering scholarships to students in other countries. Please note that all scholarships are taxable to the student.
Upon being awarded a scholarship, students:
- must submit a completed and signed W-9 form
- will then receive a 1099MISC form from IEEE reporting the scholarship amount to the IRS.”