TryEngineering Summer Institute

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


Celebrating Excellence in Education: Honoring Our Academic Director, Jordan Burton.

In the world of education, there are few individuals who truly stand out as beacons of inspiration and excellence. These remarkable educators not only impart knowledge but also ignite a spark of curiosity and passion within their students, motivating them to explore uncharted territories. We have the privilege of shining a spotlight on one exceptional TryEngineering staff member who has been recognized for their unwavering dedication and exceptional contributions to the world of education.

Our very own Jordan Burton was nominated as one of the recipients of the CoVa Biz Next Gen Awards of 2023 by CoVa Biz Magazine, a business magazine of Coastal Virginia.  You can read about this prestigious award right HERE.

Jordan enjoys being a teacher because, “I find it incredibly rewarding to inspire and empower students to learn and grow.  Witnessing their progress and seeing them develop new skills and knowledge is fulfilling, and I appreciate the opportunity to make a positive impact on their lives. Furthermore, I am passionate about teaching engineering because it allows me to share my enthusiasm for problem-solving, innovation, and the practical application of scientific principles.  Guiding students through the complexities of engineering and watching them develop the skills to design and create solutions to real-world challenges is both exciting and fulfilling.”

Jordan  started working with TryEngineering Summer Institute in 2018 after an experience with another summer program that he felt didn’t prioritize students’ best interests. Since becoming a part of TryEngineering, he’s had the privilege of teaching engineering to young learners worldwide. Jordan believes, “TESI truly values the expertise and insights of educators, as well as the needs of eager young learners seeking a challenging yet enjoyable and secure learning experience away from home.”

Furthermore, Jordan says his  involvement with TryEngineering Summer Institute rekindles his passion for education and equips him with a plethora of engaging classroom activities that he enthusiastically brings back home to his students in Virginia.  

Jordan has been working as an educator in Norfolk, Virginia since 2014, where his roles have included substitute teaching, long-term substituting, and currently, he is an engineering teacher for high school students. Additionally, he proudly serves as the primary advisor for his school’s  Technology Student Association Chapter.

We are so proud of Jordan.  He’s been with us since the beginning and he makes a real difference with his students.  He knows just how to create a spark that ignites a passion for education and STEM. Congratulations from everyone at IEEE and the TryEngineering Summer Institute!