Last summer, 85 high school students from five countries built and raced remote-controlled cars, used a 3-D printer, toured engineering facilities, and had a great time exploring the many facets of engineering at the IEEE TryEngineering Summer Institute. These projects all had the goal of encouraging high school students to pursue engineering degrees and careers. Even more exciting activities are planned for next year,
Although the TryEngineering Summer Institute focuses on engineering and technology education and the on-campus living experience, the program is about so much more, including the personal-growth experience students receive and the friendships they make.
Students ages 12 to 17, or entering grades 8 through 12 as of September, are eligible to attend the two-week program in July of 2019 and get hands-on experience in a variety of engineering fields while experiencing what it’s like to live on a college campus.
Students who attend:
- Grow more independent. While well-supervised during their time away from home, teens get to make decisions for themselves. Having the ability to manage their daily choices in a safe environment helps them blossom.
- Practice compromise. Living with someone new in a dorm room and with an entirely new community in the residence halls gives students the opportunity to meet people with different points of view and life experiences. It creates opportunities to practice compromise and grow in their interactions with others.
- Make new friends. Free from the social expectations of a school environment, kids can relax and make friends a little more easily. They meet people with similar interests to share their experiences with, and perhaps become lifelong friends. Many former participants report they’ve stayed in touch through social media with the friends they made at the camp.
- Acquire collaboration and presentation skills. The TryEngineering Institute curriculum includes plenty of opportunities for students to work together and present their projects to others. Learning to collaborate and present ideas helps in their interactions at home and school, and eventually in the workplace.
- Learn about educational and career opportunities. Attendees receive more than just hands-on engineering design challenges. They also learn about degree programs and career options.
The two-week sleepaway programs are scheduled at three institutions in the United States: the University of California, Riverside; Texas A&M University, in College Station; and Vaughn College of Aeronautics and Technology, in Flushing, N.Y. There is also a commuter option for those who live near the campuses.
The tuition is US $2,995, which covers housing and meals for two weeks, and all the field trips and activities. Family and friends of IEEE members and employees are eligible for a $100 discount.
Register by 31 December and save an additional $200.
A limited number of need-based scholarships are also available through the generous support of IEEE societies.