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 in New York City


TryEngineering Summer Institute In NYC is located at Columbia University

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. Leadership, collaboration, and developing their own voices are critical components of the program.

2024 Engineering Summer Program Dates at the New York City location at Columbia:

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

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

*enrollment in each session closes 30 days before the start; session 1 closes June 15th and session 2 closes June 25, if they are not sold out already)

The location of the program is:  Furnald Hall, 2940 Broadway, Columbia University.   


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Specific Information About This Location

  1.  Age 14 - 17 only. The venue sets the minimum age for students to attend is 14 years of age by the time the student sets foot on campus.  The maximum age the program accepts is 17 years of age by the time the student completes their session.
  2.  Residential-only.  This location does not accept day students.
  3.  Singles and Doubles.  Students will be placed in a mix of singles and doubles.  You may make a request during the sign-up process, and we cannot guarantee which room style you will get until check-in.
  4.  Explore NYC.  In the evenings, there will be time for students, escorted by staff of course, may take the train to various famous and cool spots throughout the city.  We have a lot of experience running these programs in NYC and this will be so much fun.  Students are not required to go on any of these evening excursions.  Students pay for their own swipe at the subway station.  Students travel in small groups with assigned RAs and a well-designed system for phone numbers and texting.
  5. First-come, first served.  We have a limited space, so book while you can.  If it shows as available in the registration system, take it.  It won't be there for long.
  6. Enrollment closes 30 days before each session begins.
  7. TryEngineering Summer Institute is not affiliated with, endorsed by, or sponsored by Columbia University.

Learn about our Engineering Summer Program

Is your high school student curious about how the world works, itching to solve problems, and bursting with creative ideas? If so, the TryEngineering Summer Institute could be the perfect summer adventure!

At the location in NYC, located at Furnald Hall, 2940 Broadway, Columbia University, we accept students only between the ages 14-17, this immersive program goes beyond textbooks and classrooms, offering a glimpse into the exciting and diverse world of engineering. Through hands-on projects, interactive workshops, and industry tours, your teenager will get real-life experience, explore different engineering fields, and meet inspiring professionals shaping the future

Our summer engineering program isn't just about learning; it's about sparking lifelong passions, building valuable skills, and fostering a spirit of innovation. Let your teenager experience the thrill of engineering firsthand and watch their potential take flight!

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

Our electrical engineering module dives deep into the science behind how electricity works. You won't just be learning in this module but you will also be doing!

Get ready to be hands on and put your new found electrical engineering knowledge to use. You will be building circuits with colorful LEDs and resistors, master the art of soldering, and even create your own mini AM radio.

This engineering summer camp module  is all about getting hands-on, building your technical skills, and transforming you from a learner into a real inventor! If you have an interest in electrical engineering then our summer program is perfect for you!

Mechanical Engineering

If you have ever dreamt of building your own robots then keep reading about our mechanical engineering module!

This engineering camp module will get you started on your journey by not only teaching you the basics of mechanical engineering, but also letting you have hands on experience. You will be put into teams and tasked with constructing a fully functional robot arm!

Together all of our students will delve into the science behind how robots move, giving you a deeper understanding of mechanical engineering. This challenge will also put your team work to the test, to see if you can work together with your fellow campers.

Once you have your robot arm built you will be ready to test your skills with our dice stacking showdown! Work with your team, put your engineering knowledge to the test, and build the tallest tower possible – all with just dice!

Aerospace Engineering

Have you ever been curious about the science behind flight? Our aerospace engineering module lets you explore your curiosity as you learn more about flight from our faculty from IEEE!

First you will learn the basics in the class room, analyzing how different materials, shapes, and structures all work together to make airplanes soar. Then once you understand the basics, get ready to learn design concepts and testing methods through fun, hands-on projects.

Collaboration and friendly competition are encouraged as you team up with other campers to build a glider that can travel the farthest while carrying a shoebox-sized payload. This is your chance to unleash your creativity and problem-solving skills, and see your ideas take flight (literally)!

Civil Engineering

Ever wonder how massive structures like bridges are made? Have you ever thought about how you may be able to build and design them yourself?

In this exciting civil engineering module, you'll get to do just that! We'll explore the amazing world of bridge design, learning how they handle enormous weight and connect entire communities. You will start your civil engineering journey in the classroom, learning more about the science behind these modern marvles.

Then get ready to put your newfound knowledge to the test with a fun challenge. Work with your fellow student engineers to build bridges of all shapes and sizes, experimenting with different materials. The team that creates the strongest and most impressive bridge will be rewarded with a delicious pizza party! So, unleash your inner architect, get creative, and let's build something amazing together!

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!  The best engineering camp NYC has ever seen!

Curriculum Overview

The Campus in New York City

Learn more about life at the summer engineering camp located at Furnald Hall, 2940 Broadway, Columbia University.

Hosted in New York City's historic Upper Manhattan, you will have the opportunity to live and learn where generations of thinkers have come to shape the world. Not only will you be minutes away from exploring one of the world's best cities, but on campus you'll find peaceful green spaces like the South Lawn and the Italian Garden, offering the perfect balance between academic pursuits and tranquil moments of reflection. Learn more about the campus in New York City, the dorms, and our engineering summer program.


In a few of the evenings, we will take small groups of students, accompanied by staff, on select journeys to curated destinations and tourist dream spots like Times Square and more.  We have been running these trips for years and have it down as a system.  This is one of the most fun parts of the program!


The Campus For NYC: Columbia University

The New York City location for the engineering summer program is Furnald Hall, 2940 Broadway, Columbia University.

Our program embodies the quintessential college experience, enriched with the pulse of urban vitality. Iconic academic halls underscore the institution's storied legacy and scholarly achievements, anchoring a dynamic ambiance that cultivates a lively and engaging community. Here, tradition meets innovation, providing an unparalleled backdrop for intellectual exploration and personal growth.

Participants in the TryEngineering Summer Institute are poised to dive deep into the world of engineering, gaining a tangible sense of college life and the boundless opportunities it presents. Beyond the classroom, the immersive experience extends to the vibrant heart of New York City, offering a unique chance to discover the endless possibilities and excitement of urban exploration. This program not only paves the way for future engineering endeavors but also invites students to become part of a stimulating environment where history, culture, and innovation converge.

Students will get to explore Manhattan in the evenings, supervised, to select destinations.


The Dormitory: 

Your home base during the program will be Furnald Hall, a historic 10-story residence hall, with individual climate control to keep you comfortable year-round. Each floor features shared, gendered bathrooms for added convenience.

At the TryEngineering Summer Institute, aspiring engineers are invited to immerse themselves in a comprehensive experience that transcends the traditional boundaries of learning. This program is not merely about understanding the principles of engineering; it's about living the life similar to their coming college experience: accountability, responsibility, and opportunity it entails. During the day, participants engage in hands-on projects and real-world problem-solving, laying the groundwork for future success in the engineering field.

Yet, it’s in the evenings that the campus truly comes to life. As the sun sets and the city lights begin to twinkle, students transition from colleagues to companions, forging bonds that enrich their experience and often last a lifetime. It’s during these moments of downtime that our participants create their own community, a supportive and vibrant network of friends who share interests, dreams, and aspirations. Whether it’s through late-night study sessions, impromptu discussions about the future of technology, or exploring the city’s myriad attractions, these experiences are pivotal in shaping not just their academic journey but their personal growth.

We encourage our students to seize these evening hours as an opportunity to step into their own future, to envision the kind of life they want to lead, and the professionals they aspire to become. This blend of academic rigor and social engagement is what makes the TryEngineering Summer Institute a catalyst for transformation, inviting students to not only dream about their future but to start living it.

Join us for an unforgettable summer where you'll not just learn about engineering but will also embark on a journey of self-discovery and community building. It’s your time to shine, to forge lifelong friendships, and lay the foundation for a future filled with promise and potential. Apply now to the TryEngineering Summer Institute and step into your future under the stars of New York City.


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.

The unexpected benefits of attending our program include personal growth and development.  That looks like power of voice, confidence, and a sense of empowerment for the future.
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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! Engineering camp NYC... that has a nice ring to it!Set your child on a path to endless possibilities. Register now and join the TryEngineering Summer Institute adventure!

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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.

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

San Diego, California

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

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