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.


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TheUpverter Education Engineering Essentials course combines interactive curriculum with a powerful, easy to use, web-based tool for editing schematic diagrams and PCB layouts with remote team collaboration.

The collaborative and remote learning features of the Upverter tool and Engineering Essential courses fits perfectly with educator’s goals to introduce and guide students through electronics design and their exploration of technology and engineering. 

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Global STEM Programs Shape Future STEM Leaders

Thanks to a number of science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) competitions and programs happening all over the world, kids everywhere are sharpening their technical skills. Here are just a few programs that are developing future generations of scientists and engineers:

  • A group of high schoolers from Bangladesh won this year’s FIRST Global Challenge robotics competition. “Team Bangladesh” beat teams from 174 countries in three separate challenges. For the “quarantine” challenge, the team built a wifi-controlled robot dubbed “Covitron-1,” which can deliver medicine, food, and other necessities to people under quarantine during the COVID-19 pandemic. For the “social media” challenge, they created a video and computer program that spread awareness about STEM. For the “technical challenge,” they designed several devices, including a paper plane launcher, a device that can rescue children from drowning, and a robot that can clean. 
  • Through the STEM for Africa Project (S4A), 1,000 children in the town of Hwidiem in Ghana will get “science set” toolkits that can be used for more than 30 experiments. The kits include circuit systems, mini-robots, solar panel models, security alarm systems, and more. The project, which will run for two years, consists of 52,000 hours of STEM education in 10 schools. It will also include 15 STEM clubs. Additionally, 50 girls will be chosen for special mentorship from the STEM Champions in partnership with Synergies Institute – Sankofa Mentorship Hub. Stem for Africa was launched in October by 1 Billion Africa, an African non-profit that encourages kids to become future leaders through innovation and problem solving. 
  • In India, 10,000 girls in 100 government schools in the region of Jammu will benefit from the Mastercard Girls4Tech program. The award-winning program’s goal is to put girls on a path to future STEM careers. The program will include online training sessions for girls and teaching resources for teachers and schools. 

View a collection of resources for teachers to encourage students to explore STEM on IEEE TryEngineering’s teacher resources page. If you are looking to get your child hands on experience with STEM you can check out our summer engineering camps where you can learn more about different fields of engineering and

Teaching Resource: Recycling Sorter

Teach your students about the challenges waste management centers face and different methods they use to sort recycling. Download the lesson plan “Recycling Sorter” today by visiting TryEngineerings website. Click below!

Lesson Focus

Students will learn about the challenges waste management centers face and different methods they use to sort recycling. In small teams, students will brainstorm and design a system to sort a mixed-up recycling bin. Teams will share their designs, and the class will vote on ideas they want to move forward with. The class will then work to build and test a recycling sorter.

This #GivingTuesday, donate to our need-based scholarship fund and send teens to the TryEngineering Summer Institute in 2021!

Today, you can change a life.

The TryEngineering Summer Institute gives teens the opportunity to explore a variety of engineering disciplines through hands-on design challenges, field trips, industry speakers, and more. The 2-week, on-campus program is ideal for students who are considering a degree or career in engineering, as well as for those that are just curious to learn more. 

Over 30 deserving high school students have been awarded full scholarships to the TryEngineering Summer Institute in the past.  Students described the experience as engaging, memorable, and fun, and several expressed interest in becoming engineers as a result of the experience. Here’s a video that highlights the experience of Kyra, one of our 2019 scholarship attendees. 

Please help us to make this and more happen in 2021. 

The TryEngineering Summer Institute will be held again in the summer of 2021, and we once again hope to help provide scholarships to students that might not otherwise be able to take advantage of this experience. 

We created this campaign for everyone to contribute at various levels. Review the ways that you can make an impact for our next generation of engineers, and please share this page with your family and friends. The process is fast, easy, and secure. 

Your involvement is critical to helping build a more diverse engineering workforce for the future.

Thank you again for your help.

Our Promise 

The health and safety of our students and staff is always our highest priority. Our promise is to create a program that is safe, above all else. After that comes our commitment to creating a fun environment; and we know that in a safe and fun environment that learning will occur in prodigious amounts! Please visit our website for the most updated information on our COVID-19 response.

To learn more about TryEngineering Summer Institute: 

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