TryEngineering Summer Institute

An exciting two-week, on-campus engineering camp for high school students held at three premier universities across the United States in 2019.


Some quotes from camp this summer!

TryEngineering programs are in full swing!

Want to hear what our parents and kids have to say?  Here’s a doubleshot of quotes from 3 parents and 3 students from our UCR location:

3 Parent Quotes:
Damien had a terrific time there.  i can’t stress enough what a blessing that was for him.  Suzane was amazing and your staff there was so good to him.  It really boosted his confidence.  Now he is actually excited about engineering and looking forward to going to college!

My son, Alex  had an amazing time at the UC Riverside TryEngineering Camp.We spoke often, and each time his voice rang with enthusiasm and pride.  Thank you so much for offering him access to this camp, he came home motivated, proud and even more certain a career in engineering is his goal.

On another note, Suzane and the RAs were phenomenal!  Mia was a little homesick at first but the counselors were very supportive and kind.  They helped Mia with their encouragement and friendship.  This allowed Mia to blossom and experience all the new learning opportunities at the camp!


3 Student quotes:
I personally very much enjoyed this camp! We completed many interesting projects and did very fun activities. The counselors were nice and fun and easy to talk to, and the other students were very easy to work with.

The TryEngineering Summer camp was a unique educational experience. My favorite aspects of the summer program was collaborating and learning from industry leaders and college students. The activities after our classes were always entertaining and I formed strong bonds with my campmates very quickly.

I liked it a lot. There were many fun hands on activities. The projects were very unique, very different than what we do at school.

What is Electrical Engineering Anyway?

Electrical engineering is a professional engineering discipline that generally deals with the study and application of electricity, electronics, and electromagnetism. This field first became an identifiable occupation in the later half of the 19th century after commercialization of the electric telegraph, the telephone, and electric power distribution and use. Subsequently, broadcasting and recording media made electronics part of daily life. The invention of the transistor, and later the integrated circuit, brought down the cost of electronics to the point they can be used in almost any household object.

Electrical engineering has now subdivided into a wide range of subfields including electronics, digital computers, computer engineering, power engineering, telecommunications, control systems, robotics, radio-frequency engineering, signal processing, instrumentation, and microelectronics. Many of these subdisciplines overlap with other engineering branches, spanning a huge number of specializations such as hardware engineering, power electronics, electromagnetics & waves, microwave engineering, nanotechnology, electrochemistry, renewable energies, mechatronics, electrical materials science, and much more. Electrical engineers typically hold a degree in electrical engineering or electronic engineering. Practicing engineers may have professional certification and be members of a professional body. Such bodies include the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE). 

Electrical engineers work in a very wide range of industries and the skills required are likewise variable. These range from basic circuit theory to the management skills required of a project manager. The tools and equipment that an individual engineer may need are similarly variable, ranging from a simple voltmeter to a top end analyzer to sophisticated design and manufacturing software.

Electrical engineers design, develop, test and supervise the manufacturing of electrical equipment, such as electric motors, radar and navigation systems, communications systems and power generation equipment, states the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. “Electronics engineers design and develop electronic equipment, such as broadcast and communications systems — from portable music players to global positioning systems (GPS).”

If it’s a practical, real-world device that produces, conducts or uses electricity, in all likelihood, it was designed by an electrical engineer. Additionally, engineers may conduct or write the specifications for destructive or nondestructive testing of the performance, reliability and long-term durability of devices and components.

Today’s electrical engineers design electrical devices and systems using basic components such as conductors, coils, magnets, batteries, switches, resistors, capacitors, inductors, diodes and transistors. Nearly all electrical and electronic devices, from the generators at an electric power plant to the microprocessors in your phone, use these few basic components.

Critical skills needed in electrical engineering include an in-depth understanding of electrical and electronic theory, mathematics and materials. This knowledge allows engineers to design circuits to perform specific functions and meet requirements for safety, reliability and energy efficiency, and to predict how they will behave, before a hardware design is implemented. Sometimes, though, circuits are constructed on “breadboards,” or prototype circuit boards made on computer numeric controlled (CNC) machines for testing before they are put into production.

Electrical engineers are increasingly relying on computer-aided design (CAD) systems to create schematics and lay out circuits. They also use computers to simulate how electrical devices and systems will function. Computer simulations can be used to model a national power grid or a microprocessor; therefore, proficiency with computers is essential for electrical engineers. In addition to speeding up the process of drafting schematics, printed circuit board (PCB) layouts and blueprints for electrical and electronic devices, CAD systems allow for quick and easy modifications of designs and rapid prototyping using CNC machines.

Electrical Engineering is a cool area of study, and becoming an Electrical Engineer is a very cool way to build a fantastic life for any student!



Coolest Field Trip Ever

Johnson Space Center and Space Center Houston: A Behind the Scenes Tour

The TryEngineering students will take part in a behind the scenes tour of the Johnson Space Center and Space Center Houston (SCH).  Escorted by a NASA Propulsion Engineer who helped get the astronauts to the moon, the engineering summer camp students will tour the famed Mission Control Facility, the large Mockup and Training Facility, and the Rocket Park where they will view the Saturn V Moon Rocket.

Following the tour the campers will return the Education Building and meet with NASA engineers who will talk about STEM careers at NASA and their experiences working at NASA.  A SCH Education staff member will discuss various educational programs that are offered by NASA.  Following lunch in the Zero-G Cafeteria, the campers will tour some of the historic space hardware on display including the Mercury, Gemini and Apollo spacecraft, as well as a walk-through of the Skylab trainer.

Our engineering summer camp students will also get a look at some of the Apollo-Soyuz Program hardware and get an opportunity to touch a Moon rock. Once the escorted portion of the tour is complete, the campers will have the opportunity to experience other SCH exhibits including the Mars Exploration Exhibit, the Space Shuttle Carrier Aircraft, and the Space Shuttle Orbiter Mock-up.  And a visit to the Gift Shop will close out the tour.

Note: This is only available to our Texas A+M students.  We will be going both sessions.

It is our intention to add as many other cool trips for our other locations!  Check back soon for more!

Why Students Need to Learn 3D Printing Now

3D printing is one of the key future technologies, enabling businesses to cut costs, reduce time to market, produce stronger and lighter parts, improve efficiency, and solve a myriad of other challenges. That’s why it’s important for students to have an understanding of the technology in the 21st century global economy.

Today’s Students, Tomorrow’s Workforce

As the 3D printing industry grows, the landscape will change for job seekers, so it’s critical for today’s students to become fluent with the programs and machines required for 3D printing.

Jobs that are expected to be created or get a boost from 3D printing include:

  1. 3D Design: 3D printing relies heavily on designers who can take a product idea and translate it into something that can feasibly be brought to life.
  2. 3D Computer-aided Design (CAD) Modeling: CAD experts have the skills and expertise to convert product designs into digital blueprints that 3D printers need.
  3. Research and Development (R&D): Jobs will open up for forward-thinking R&D professionals who understand the intersection of tech and consumer products while keeping an eye on the bottom line.
  4. Biological and Scientific Modeling: More engineers, designers and modelers with biomedical or scientific backgrounds will be needed to further innovate and produce highly advanced 3D-printed products.
  5. Architecture/Construction Modeling: In the construction industry, 3D modelers may replace current 2D construction planning solutions.
  6. Education: Schools are developing 3D printing programs at all grade levels, which will open up jobs for educators with a background in the 3D printing industry who can teach the technical and business aspects of this technology.
  7. Lawyers and Legal Professionals: As a creative field, the 3D printing industry is wide open to legal issues, prompting a need for more lawyers and legal professionals who specialize in intellectual property (IP) rights.
  8. Business Opportunities: As 3D printing technologies advance and become readily accessible for in-home use, new business opportunities will increase for those offering on-site and remote 3D printing services, new product and industrial designers, and computer-aided design specialists.
  9. Franchise Opportunities: 3D-printing-as-a-service vendors can bring this technology to the masses by providing franchises to local businesses and entrepreneurs who’d like to provide personalized, in-person 3D printing services to local customers.
  10. Operations and Administrative Positions: As the industry grows, new and established 3D printing companies will need people to keep the business running smoothly, including operations and administrative staff, analysts, finance and sales professionals, and retail employees.

Your Students’ Opportunity to Learn

While not every child will become a scientist or engineer, it’s extremely important for children to “grow up knowing they can and how to use their abilities,” says Karol Górnowicz, CEO of Polish startup Skriware. “In addition to the obvious competencies focusing on engineering, mathematics and applied sciences, students need to think logically and creatively, solve problems or work in a group.”

That’s just what students will learn at TryEngineering Summer Camps. During each two-week program, students will have the opportunity to participate in hands-on activities like 3D printing, gain exposure to team-based learning, and explore engineering professions, all while experiencing college life on one of three prestigious campuses.

Don’t delay–register today!

Objects photopolymer printed on a 3d printer. Stereolithography 3D printer, technology of liquid photopolymerization under UV light



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No Engineering Experience Required for Teens at Engineering Summer Camps

The United States is known for its higher education opportunities. However, compared to many other leading and steadily emerging countries, the U.S. lacks a strong focus on educating scientists and engineers. Students should have adequate opportunities to explore science, technology, engineering and math, but sadly, many do not. How then, can they possibly be aware of engineering as a profession?

Engineering Programs: All Ability Levels
Engineering Programs: All Ability Levels


An Intel-commissioned study of 1,000 teenagers aged 13-18 found that 63 percent had never considered a career in engineering. The majority of teens in the study said they were more interested in engineering when they were able to understand what engineers do, such as delivering clean water to underdeveloped areas, designing protective pads worn by athletes, and constructing dams and levees that keep entire cities safe. The study showed that teens become more interested in engineering simply by learning about what engineers actually do and what opportunities exist for engineers.

  • 53% said they were more likely to consider an engineering career after they learned that engineers help make music and video games.
  • 52% said they would think twice about an engineering career when they learned how engineers can achieve widespread social benefit.
  • 50% said they were more interested in engineering when they learned of engineers’ roles in texting and social networking.

More than Engineering

At TryEngineering Summer Camps, students will discover the endless possibilities that the engineering field holds. This two-week experience is designed to create and support the engineers of the future by challenging and inspiring students to explore academic and career paths in engineering. They’ll participate in a broad range of hands-on activities, including building and launching rockets and building a robotic arm from everyday materials.

This exciting summer camp opportunity isn’t just about engineering, but also about experiencing life on a college campus, making new friends, and building a sense of confidence and independence.

Students develop a variety of skills as they work in teams to solve engineering challenges and present their projects. These skills include those at the top of the list of what employers are looking for and find lacking in the new workforce, such as:

  1. Communication
  2. Teamwork
  3. Adaptability
  4. Problem Solving
  5. Critical Observation
  6. Conflict Resolution
  7. Leadership

Register for Summer Camp Today

The only requirement for Try Engineering Summer Camps is curiosity! Don’t let your teen miss out on this amazing summer experience. Get all the details and register online today before space runs out.

All levels of students are accaepted into our program.  So whether you have little to no experience, or if you have a lot of engineering in your background… this program is perfect for you.



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