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.

TryEngineering at the University of San Diego


TryEngineering Summer Institute

The goal of our engineering camp is to spark enthusiasm in engineering and technology in the next generation of problem-solvers and difference-makers, and position these innovators for long-term success in academics and in life.

2024 Engineering Program at Rice University

Session 1: June 30, 2024 - July 8, 2024.  *SOLD OUT*

Session 2: July 11, 2024 - July 19, 2024    *SOLD OUT*



Enrollment Info

Learn about our Engineering Summer Program

Ever wondered what it's like to be an engineer? Does your teenager thrive on solving puzzles and figuring out how things work? If so, the TryEngineering Summer Institute could be the perfect summer adventure for them!

Designed for students ages 13-17, this immersive program goes beyond textbooks and classrooms. Immerse your teen in hands-on projects, exciting workshops, and industry tours, giving them a real taste of the diverse and dynamic world of engineering. It's not just about learning, it's about sparking lifelong passions, building invaluable skills, and fostering creativity

Take a quick look at some of our engineering camp modules and projects, then look at our full program curriculum to see if this is right for you

Electrical Engineering

Want to explore the exciting world of electrical engineering in a fun and hands-on way? Look no further than our summer engineering camp's electrical engineering module!

We'll guide you through building circuits, learning the art of soldering, and you will get the opportunity to build your own AM radio. This electric engineering module is all about learning, experimentation, and unleashing your inner inventor.

Whether you're a complete beginner or an aspiring whiz, our electrical engineering module has something for everyone. Explore, experiment, and discover the power of engineering to create amazing things!

Mechanical Engineering

Unleash your inner inventor and dive head first into the world of mechanical engineering at our summer camp! Our module starts with constructing a powerful robot arm, using the principles of hydraulics to bring it to life.

After you learn the basics of robotics we will put your mechanical engineering knowledge to the test! We will split everyone up into teams and you will need to work together to build the tallest tower possible, using only dice! Prepare for this exciting competition filled with teamwork and problem-solving.

Aerospace Engineering

Get ready to soar and learn about aerospace engineering! Join us in our aerospace engineering module to unlock the science behind flight.

You'll work together in teams, analyzing the science behind aircrafts. Dissect materials, shapes, and structures, learn more about how each element affects flight.

Then we will put your knowledge to the test by designing and building the ultimate glider. The team that is able propel your glider, carrying a shoebox the furthest distance possible wins! Can your team combine design expertise, teamwork, and engineering knowledge to conquer the skies?

Civil Engineering

Ever dreamed of building structures that will stand the test of time? Then  get ready to explore the world of civil engineering at our summer camp.

Not only will you learn about the principles of civil engineering but you will need to work as a team and apply your knowledge with our bridge building challenge.

You'll work alongside your team, constructing bridges of increasing complexity using various materials. Experiment with different designs and discover the science of what makes a bridge truly strong and durable. It's not just about building, it's about testing, refining, and learning from your successes.

Explore the Full Summer Program

If you want to explore the full engineering summer program curriculum and learn more about every module, every challenge, and every skill you will acquire this summer click the button below. The TryEngineering Summer Institute is more than what we listed above to make sure to take a lot at everything we have to offer!

Curriculum Overview

Our Campus at the University of San Diego

Join us this summer at the University of San Diego, one of the youngest institution on the U.S. News & World Report's top 100 universities list for our engineering summer camp. The University of San Diego offers a unique blend of academic excellence and a commitment to sustainability, recognized as one of the most environmentally responsible colleges in the nation. Take the next step in your engineering journey with TryEngineering at the University of San Diego.  Learn more about the campus, the dorms, and the field trips for our summer engineering program students.

The Campus

Step onto the University of San Diego's campus, and prepare to see the perfect mixture of of beauty and history. Overlooking the Pacific Ocean, USD boasts a breathtaking blend of Spanish Colonial architecture and vibrant greenery, the perfect location to take your interest in engineering to the next level.

See the palm-lined walkways, cascading fountains, and explore landmark buildings like the iconic Immaculata Church. Other than the landscape and the campus you will be able to immerse yourself in the vibrant energy of the Copley Library when the day's engineering modules are done. This summer, let the University of San Diego's stunning campus be your backdrop for your engineering adventure


The Dorms

Get ready to experience college life at the University of San Diego this summer! Engineering camp students stay in the suites just off the main quad, where each suite houses four students, with two private rooms per pair connected by a shared bathroom. Each suite boasts a lounge for relaxation and socializing, perfect for unwinding after a day of hands-on activities. Also, make sure to bring your snacks because you will have your own private kitchenette equipped with a fridge and microwave.

All TryEngineering students will have full access to on-campus facilities like a state-of-the-art fitness center and a swimming pool. This summer, forget the ordinary dorm experience and embrace the comfort and convenience of modern suites with TryEngineering at the University of San Diego.

The Field Trips

Get ready to step into the world of tomorrow at Qualcomm headquarters, a highlight of our engineering summer camp itinerary! As the company that ignited the smartphone revolution and pioneered 3G and 4G technologies, Qualcomm is now leading the charge in 5G, pushing the boundaries of what's possible.

During your exclusive field trip, you'll embark on a journey through the Qualcomm museum, where you will learn the company's rich history of innovation. Get hands-on demos showcasing the latest technologies, explore the capabilities of connected wearables, and experience the immersive worlds of virtual and augmented reality.

This field trip is more than just a visit, it's a chance to witness the future unfolding before your eyes!

Still Not Sure if Our Camp is Right for You?

Our camp is more than just a summer program, it's a launchpad for their future. In just nine days, they'll discover the real-world impact of engineering, from tackling complex challenges to creating innovative solutions. We'll equip them with the skills and enthusiasm to excel in academics, prepare them for exciting career paths, and empower them to become the problem-solvers and difference-makers of tomorrow. All while they build confidence, developing critical skills, and forge lifelong friendships with like-minded peers who share their excitement.

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Ready to Have the Summer of a Lifetime

If you think the TryEngineering Summer institute is right for you then what are you waiting for?! If building robots, 3D printing, and shaping the future sounds exciting, what are you waiting for? Spots at our engineering camp are in high-demand and registrations fill up fast – last year, we had more than one location sell out before summer began! Set your child on a path to endless possibilities. Register now and join the TryEngineering Summer Institute adventure!

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TryEngineering FAQs

If you don't see your question above feel free to reach out! You can Contact us via our online form, email us at info@tryengineeringinstitute.org or call +1 315-816-4023.

Learn About San Diego Summer Camps

TESI Students building robot at engineering school

There is no better place in the United States to go to summer camp than San Diego. The weather, the food, and the culture allows for a summer camp experience you won't be able to find anywhere else. If you are looking for a summer camp at the University of San Diego we can't recommend anything more than the TryEngineering Summer Institute. If you are interested in learning more about all the summer camps at the University of San Diego you can find that information here, but we think you should take a look at we have to offer first!

If you already know you are looking for a summer engineering programs for high school students in California, we have you covered at the TryEngineering Summer Institute's engineering camp. At our engineering summer camp, you can gain hands-on experience, explore different engineering fields, and develop problem-solving skills for a future filled with innovation.

Our engineering camp at the University of San Diego is a once in a lifetime experience. Students will have the opportunity to learn more about all the different fields of engineering and not only enjoy their summer, but also learn! Even though school isn't in session that doesn't mean you can further your education and your future! Check out everything our engineering camps for high school students has to offer and get a head start on your future with us!

2024 Camp Dates & Locations

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Session 1: July 14, 2024 - July 22, 2024

Session 2: July 25, 2024 - August 2, 2024

Houston, Texas

Session 1: June 30, 2024 - July 8, 2024

Session 2: July 11, 2024 - July 19, 2024