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.

2023 Dates Coming Soon!

University of San Diego

#1 Beautiful Campus: The Princeton Review

The University of San Diego is a beautiful place to be. It’s one of the most common ways for people to express their fondness when they’re on campus and they’re asked about the institution.   USD is the youngest independent institution on the U.S. News & World Report list of top 100 universities in the United States. USD's small class sizes, compassionate culture, unique learning opportunities, study-abroad opportunities and state-of-the-art resources ensure that graduates of our undergraduate and graduate programs succeed after graduation and throughout their lives.

2023 Dates

2023 Dates Coming Soon!

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

TryEngineering Summer Institute offers its California engineering summer camp at University of San Diego

Where are we going on field trips this summer 2022?


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.

Where have past Summer Institute students visited?

The Aerospace Corporation – Previous students toured the only federally funded research and development center committed exclusively to space related technologies. We toured the Los Angeles headquarters and visited with engineers and scientists who are working on innovative research projects such as asteroid defense, new spacecraft propulsions systems, human space programs and many others.

Guardian Jet Center – We toured this Fixed Based Operator (FBO) located at Ontario Airport in Southern California. We visited the hangar facilities and learned how engineers and technicians maintain and upgrade modern corporate jets. We also had an opportunity to meet with the airport’s chief engineer and other key personnel to learn how technology keeps the aviation industry safe and efficient.  Our California engineering USD program is awesome!

What can Summer Institute students expect for weekend activities?

There are plenty of fun things to do in the San Diego region, but nothing can help you beat the summer heat and unwind after a long week of engineering like a day at the beach or getting tacos!  We will be taking advantage of all of the sights and sounds as we develop a day trip for Saturday that will knock your socks off!  The details of this day will be developed as we get closer to camp and see how the summer is shaping up.

On Sunday, we like to keep it local and make use of all the great facilities on campus. There is a great outdoor pool, where students can cool off and work on their tan; others can utilize all available facilities, just like regular college kids do during the year.  It's a wonderful dzy to see just what it's like living at college. We'll spend the rest of the day relaxing, catching up on laundry, and recharging for the exciting week ahead!


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 San Diego summer camps. If you are looking for a summer camp in San Diego 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 San Diego summer program  your high school student can start to figure out if they would enjoy a future in engineering. No other California engineering camp will allow for students to learn, have fun, and explore the city better than TryEngineering's Summer Institute.

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: