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 Pennsylvania

TryEngineering Summer Institute

Find out what makes our engineering summer camp at the University of Pennsylvania special, and learn about all of our summer programs, activities, dorm life, and field trips we have to offer.  6/9 UPDATE: Penn Session 1 is SOLD OUT.  Limited space remains in session 2

2023 Engineering Program Dates

Session 1: July 9, 2023 - July 18, 2023 **SOLD OUT** join waitlist by clicking HERE
Session 2: July 21, 2023 - July 30, 2023. *SOLD OUT** join waitlist by clicking HERE

The goal of our engineering camp at Penn 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 Penn, the TryEngineering Summer program is a great fit for you.

Meet the Deans, tour an Ivy League University, and discover if engineering is right for you.  What kind of engineering?  What's possible?  Come and discover for yourself why this program is so awesome!

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 Pennsylvania, 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 Pennsylvania is located at 220 South 33rd Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104 and is found HERE.

Learn more about Residence Hall Life and Local Tours and Attractions that students enjoy at University of Pennsylvania.

TESI students at UPenn
UPenn engineering school professors at TESI
TESI student working on an AM radio at engineering school

2023 Engineering Summer Camp Details

Students attending TESI at Penn have the opportunity to live and learn at one of the top Universities in the world. One of the country's oldest universities, Penn is an Ivy League school, which represents some of the best of what the USA has to offer. If you have ever been interested in an engineering summer academy at UPenn, the TryEngineering Summer program is a great fit for you.

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

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:

What field trips are happening this year?

*Confirmed summer 2023 off-campus field trips*

Boeing Ridley Park

We will get a behind the scenes tour of the Boeing Ridley Park facility! Boeing is a leading producer of both commercial and military aircraft, and the Ridley Park site is part of the Boeing Defense Vertical Lift Division. Boeing Ridley Park is the manufacturing center for the CH-47 Chinook aircraft, the V-22 Osprey fuselage and Common Configuration – Readiness and Modernization (CC-RAM), and delivery center for the MH-139 aircraft. About 4,500 employees work at this site. Students will have the opportunity to tour the production lines for the CH-47 and V-22 and also interact and learn from the engineers who are working on these amazing products.


Philadelphia International Airport

We will be touring the new expansion of the PHL airport with one of our guest speakers, Api Appulingam.  She oversees a multi-billion dollar program tasked with making critical improvements and developing new infrastructure at both Philadelphia International Airport (PHL) and the Northeast Philadelphia Airport (PNE) through architectural, engineering, environmental, planning and sustainability projects. Ultimately, she is responsible for bringing innovation to the airfield, terminals and roadways at both airports.

We will do the CDG Project tour, which is a multi-billion dollar civil and mechanical engineering project and site across the airfield.

Our students will also get the Ramp Power Tour.  This giant tower over 20 stories tall is brand new and encompasses more than 7,000 square feet of space including four operational floors, the largest of which provides positions for twenty-one airline ramp controllers.  This new kind of control encompasses many areas of engineering in aerospace and aero technology that is simply amazing to see in action!


*note:  Students will be placed randomly in groups for these tours, destinations and locations are subject to change at any time without notification due to any or reasons including weather or more.


Overview of The University of Pennsylvania

TESI engineering school students at UPenn

The University of Pennsylvania is one of the country's oldest universities and as an Ivy League school, represents some of the best of what the USA has to offer.  Expansive college greens and recreational spaces. Landmark architecture. Twelve schools connected on a single campus. Penn’s geographical unity is unique among Ivy League schools, fostering our integrated approach to education, scholarship, and research.

Academic life at Penn is unparalleled, with 100 countries and every U.S. state represented in the student body. Consistently ranked among the top 10 universities in the country, Penn enrolls 10,000 undergraduate students and welcomes an additional 10,000-plus students to our world-renowned graduate and professional schools. Penn Engineering school is a powerhouse!

Penn’s award-winning educators and scholars encourage students to pursue inquiry and discovery, follow their passions, and address the world’s most challenging problems through an interdisciplinary approach.  Penn's Engineering school supports our program in many ways.

Learn About UPenn Summer Camps

TESI Students building robot at engineering schoolThere is no better place than the University of Pennsylvania to attend summer camp this year. Located in one of the most historic cities in the United States, Philadelphia is the perfect place to advance your education outside of the school year.

We recommend our engineering camp at the University of Pennsylvania, but there are many other options for summer camps at the University of Pennsylvania. You can learn more about all the offerings available here, but first you should consider all that the TryEngineering Summer Institute has to offer this summer.

Get a head start on your future and the school year by continuing your education at our engineering summer camp. Live on campus and experience the Ivy League first hand at the University of Pennsylvania this summer.

Learn more About our Other Engineering Camp Locations

If you can’t attend summer camp at UPenn 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:

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 University of San Diego

Located in one of the most beautiful cities in the world, San Diego, our engineering camp is a great opportunity to both enjoy your summer and learn. Hosted at the University of San Diego, which was named one best engineering undergraduate programs in the country, you will not only learn hands on from professionals in the industry, but also soak up the sun!