Our Engineering Program

TryEngineering Summer Camps

Program Goal

The goal of our Engineering Summer Camps is to provide every student with an unforgettable summer experience that builds confidence, develops skills and helps them discover engineering’s endless possibilities. Our two-week residential program offers students an authentic university or college experience, deep exploration of engineering topics, and networking opportunities with peers and mentors. All camps are designed to be engaging, inclusive, safe, and above all, fun!

An Engaging Curriculum

Camps are designed to challenge and inspire students to explore academic and career paths in engineering. The engaging engineering curriculum designed by IEEE combines team-based hands-on design projects, captivating guest speakers, academic preparation tips, and local industry visits. The curriculum teaches students how to think like engineers while building critical thinking, communication and collaboration skills.

Over the course of the two week engineering summer camps program, students will gain an appreciation of the true breadth of the engineering field. They will learn how engineering is applied in the real world and how it is shaping our future. Students will experience how engineers work in teams to solve global challenges by participating in multi-disciplinary projects in the following areas:

  • Electrical engineering
  • Civil engineering
  • Mechanical engineering
  • Chemical engineering
  • Aerospace engineering
Engineering Summer Camps: Our programs are a great way to experience the university and college environment!

Engineering Summer Camps: Our programs are a great way to experience the university and college environment!


During their time on campus, students in our engineering summer camps will participate in a broad range of hands-on activities. They will experience problem solving and troubleshooting, and gain insight on what it is like to study engineering in a collegiate atmosphere.

Our curriculum and coursework builds in intensity, velocity and difficulty as the program moves forward.  Activities build skills and conceptual understanding that are in turn expanded and deepened in following exercises. Our program has been designed from the bottom up by a STEM specialist and every nuance of the classwork has been carefully and rigorously curated and planned.  Come join us and see the future in action!

Students will work in teams to solve engineering challenges such as:

  • 3D Printer – Design, Engineer, Print and Build a 3D-printed car and race it: Our students will print parts, design and create their own 3D cars, revise and re-engineering them, and also race them against each other and compare racers with those from our other camps.
  • Trebuchet Challenge:  In this activity we’ll focus on mechanical engineering and explore how trebuchets were used during the Middle Ages to launch projectiles over or through castle walls. Students work in teams of “engineers” to improve a basic trebuchet design and compete in two trials measuring best distance and accuracy. Campers will consider their designs, their achievements or challenges — and those of their camp mates.
  • Rocket Challenge:  In this activity we’ll focus on aerospace engineering and how space flight has been achieved from an engineering vantage point. Students will work with instructors to understand the forces on a rocket, Newton’s Laws, and other principles and challenges of actual space vehicle launch. Students work individually to construct and test launch a rocket using a basic kit which they will re-engineer and optimize for peak altitude using additional materials.
  • Circuitry and Breadboard Challenge:  In this activity we’ll focus on the basics of electrical circuitry and explore simple circuits through breadboard wiring of LEDs and resistors. Students work in teams to set up and test both parallel and series circuits, and explore how various resistors impact LED brightness. This activity provides a basic understanding of principals underlying electrical flow.
  • Circuitry and Soldering: In this activity we’ll focus on applying the basics of electrical circuitry previously explored using breadboards, but this time we will solder the circuits so the work is permanent. Students work in teams to set up and practicing soldering, and then move on to soldering a functional circuit. This activity provides a basic understanding of good soldering techniques for electrical circuitry.

More activities may include:

  • engineering design and research
  • smart car competition
  • bridge challenge
  • wind tunnel challenge
  • 3D printing challenge
  • how-to for Engineering college applications and essays
  • prototyping and design
  • build a drone challenge
  • egg drop challenge
  • creating a robotic arm out of everyday materials
  • designing and soldering working circuits

This program is fundamental for students who are considering a career or degree in engineering or are just curious to learn more about the field. Students will leave having forged new friendships, developed a sense of what engineers do, explored engineering career and degree options, and experienced living and studying at a university or college. TryEngineering Summer Camps are designed to create and support the engineers of the future!  All of these activities are subject to change due to the vagaries of the weather or other unforeseen circumstances!

IEEE TryEngineering Summer Camp

IEEE TryEngineering Summer Camp


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2018 Program

Session 1:
July 1st – July 14th, 2018

Session 2:
July 15th – July 28th, 2018