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.

University of San Diego

TryEngineering Summer Institute

Find out what makes our engineering summer camp at the University of San Diego special, and learn about all of our summer programs, activities, dorm life, and field trips we have to offer.

2023 Engineering Camp Dates

Session 1: June 30, 2023 - July 9, 2023
Session 2: July 12, 2023 - July 21, 2023


The goal of our engineering camp at the University of San Diego is to spark enthusiasm in engineering and technology in the next generation of problem-solvers and difference-makers. We aim to position these innovators for long-term success in academics and in life. If you have ever been interested in an engineering summer academy at the University of San Diego, the TryEngineering Summer program is a great fit for you.

Considering engineering as a major, or a career?  Come find out what it is actually all about. Discover for yourself what kind of engineering suits you.. and find a path to that future right here with us!  Save years of college tuition by testing out engineering now.

Learn about our engineering summer camp below and find out more about the summer programs, activities, and field trips we have to offer.

How do we do it?

Organized in a ten day session on campus at The University of San Diego, IEEE TryEngineering Summer Institute unites students from around the world – co-ed, between 13-17 years old – to:

  • Engage in hands-on design challenges
  • Experience the work firsthand with behind-the-scenes tours with real-life engineers
  • Discover not just what's happening today, but what's coming tomorrow, through conversations with renowned guest speakers and incredible Summer Institute counselors
  • Create a future of possibility that is fully realized and present for each and every student
  • Build skills and conceptual knowledge through hands-on work doing design challenges and classwork building and creating projects of increasing difficulty
  • Each student is issued a program-owned laptop for each student to use for the duration of the program at a 1:1 ratio

Give us ten days at our engineering summer camp, and we'll give you a new definition of what it means to be an engineer.

The University of San Diego is located at 5998 Alcala Park San Diego, CA 92110 and can be found HERE.

Click the images to learn more about Dorm Life and Local Tours and Attractions that students enjoy at USD, our California engineering camp location.

TESI student at USD with model
TESI students at USD
TESI engineering student soldering

2023 Engineering Camp Details

Students attending TESI at the University of San Diego have the opportunity to live and learn at one of the most beautiful campuses in the world.  The University of San Diego provides opportunities for small class sizes, a compassionate culture, unique learning possibilities.  With state-of-the-art resources our engineering camp at the University of San Diego ensures that students will not only have a great time this summer, but will also learn a great deal about the fields of engineering.

Opportunities Ahead!

If you are interested in engineering and you want to explore more about your potential future in the industry check out the TryEngineering Summer Institute. At this summer engineering program for high school students, you’ll explore various engineering fields, such as electricalcivilmechanical, and aerospace. Our engineering summer camp allows for you to meet and work alongside real life professional engineers, which can be a rewarding experience not found at other Philadelphia summer camps. If you are looking for an engineering camp in Philadelphia where you will not only have a great time but learn life long skills that can help later in life look no further than this STEM focused program. By exploring the different engineering fields at our engineering camp hosted at UPenn high school students can start to figure out if they would enjoy a future in engineering. No other Pennsylvania engineering camp will allow for students to learn, have fun, and explore the city better than TryEngineering's Summer Institute. While attending a summer camp at the University of Pennsylvania it makes sense to focus on your future education and learn more about STEM and engineering. Don't miss out on the opportunity of a lifetime to be involved in the most fun and fulfilling engineering camp in Philadelphia

If you want to learn more about all the different fields of engineering, be sure to check out all of our engineering articles below which will help you get a feel of each different subset we have to offer:


**2023 Field Trip Confirmed!***

Qualcomm – Students at our University of San Diego location will tour Qualcomm headquarters, a semiconductor company that inspired the smartphone revolution. Pioneering 3G and 4G, the world-renowned company is now working on 5G. Students will explore the Qualcomm museum and experience demos on some of the latest technologies such as drones, intelligently connected wearables, virtual and augmented reality, and smart city innovation.  This is a very exciting and amazing opportunity.

University of San Diego Overview

USD campus life

Listed #1 Beautiful Campus by The Princeton Review!

The University of San Diego is a beautiful place to be. USD is the youngest independent institution on the U.S. News & World Report list of top 100 universities in the United States. Known for its strong commitment to sustainability, the University of San Diego has been recognized as one of the most environmentally responsible colleges in the United States. The university is also home to many research centers and institutes, including the Institute for Peace and Justice, the Center for Public Interest Law, and the Center for Inclusion and Diversity. The University of San Diego's Shiley-Marcos School of Engineering is a nationally recognized program that offers undergraduate and graduate degree programs in several engineering disciplines. USD's engineering program places a strong emphasis on hands-on learning, with opportunities for students to work on research projects, participate in design competitions, and complete internships and co-op experiences with industry partners.

If you have ever been interested in a University of San Diego summer programs for high school students then the TryEngineering Summer Institute is a perfect fit. Students will get to experience life on campus, explore the engineering school, and learn more from hands on experts in the field.


Beautiful Residence Hall

Our students will be staying in suites just off the main quad.  Each suite consists of four singles, each pair connected by a bathroom, as well as a lounge and kitchenette.  It is by far the coolest set-up in our program!  Make sure to bring plenty of snacks because you have a fridge and microwave!  Hanging out in the larger fun social spaces is amazing.


Student Center

We love cruising over to the student center or quad in the evenings.  There is a grill there, labs, places to play games, pool, foosball, movies, TVS; all the same great amenities the college kids enjoy during the year.  Come check out why USD keeps on winning best campus... by living there...

Learn more about Summer Camps at the University of San Diego

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!

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 camp has to offer and get a head start on your future with us!

Learn more About our Other Engineering Camp Locations

If you can’t attend summer camp at the University of San Diego this year don't worry. We have other engineering summer camp locations around the United States. Learn more about our other engineering summer programs below:

TESI Engineering students at Rice University

Engineering Camp at Rice

Located in Houston Texas, Rice University is one of the top 30 engineering schools in the country. With 33% of total undergraduate students majoring in engineering, this is one of the best places to foster and further early interest in the field of engineering.

Engineering Camp at UPenn

Located in Philadelphia at one of the most historic and prestigious universities in the country, our engineering camp at UPenn is unmatched. Experience Ivy League life while you live on campus and learn from real life engineers within the Penn Engineering Department, and find out what a future in engineering looks like