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.

Rice University

Research-Intensive Flagship University

Boasting a 300-acre tree-lined campus in Houston, Rice University is ranked among the nation’s top 20 universities by U.S. News & World Report.  Rice University seizes its advantageous position to pursue pathbreaking research and create innovative collaboration opportunities that contribute to the betterment of our world.

The Engineering Department at Rice will conduct tours of their facilities and offer some Q+A times for our students to find out more about Engineering at Rice, and to show off the latest ground-breaking work conducted by their students.  This opportunity to study and live on one of the country's top Universities is simply amazing.  Our Rice engineering camp is sure to be one of our most popular locations so register early!

2022 Dates

June 26 – July 8, 2022
July 10 – July 22, 2022

Click the images below to learn more about Dorm Life and Local Tours and Attractions that students enjoy at Rice University.

Our summer Texas engineering camp is located in the heart of Houston Texas

Where can TESI students expect to visit?  Here is where we are planning to go this summer:  

NASA Johnson Space Center and Space Center Houston – We have visited this famed facility each summer because we know Engineers who work there and it has been the center of all US human spaceflight for more than 50 years. On a guided behind-the-scenes tour, conducted by a retired Apollo propulsion engineer who helped get astronauts to the Moon, we visited Mission Control, the Space Vehicle Mock-up Facility where current astronauts train and the historic Rocket Park to see the Saturn V moon rocket. We had access to Space Center Houston and all of the artifacts and displays that trace US achievements in space and how engineers and scientists have contributed. The visit also coincided with the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 lunar landing and there were many special exhibits and events.  This summer our Rice engineering camp will be even better!

Other destinations will be added as we get closer to the summer.

What can Institute students expect for weekend activities?

Located right in Houston, there are many opportunities to see amazing sights near campus.

On the 4th of July we will find a great spot to watch fireworks and eat great food.

On each Sunday during the program, we like to keep it local and make use of all the great facilities on campus.

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 engineering camps. If you are looking for a summer camp in Houston where your child will not only have a great time but learn life long skills that can help them later in life look no further. By exploring the different engineering fields within TryEngineering's Summer Institute your high school student can start to figure out if they would enjoy a future in engineering. No other Houston summer program 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 as a whole 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:


2022 Field Trip Confirmed:  Johnson Space Center

This summer we will again be heading to JSC for a wonderful tour, including meetings with engineers and some behind-the-scenes options not available to regular patrons.  On our last visit we even got to see an astronaut suiting up!  This is a classic TESI trip and it gets better each year!  The plush coach bus ride back and forth is fun too; we watched Apollo 13 on the way that was fun!  Meeting actual engineers, and seeing what NASA is up to currently is where the real excitement is for our Rice engineering camp students.