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.

TESI Tuition and Registration Details:

TryEngineering Summer Institute Tuition and Enrollment

Enrollment Requirements

Students with any level of engineering experience are welcome to attend the TryEngineering Summer Institute!  There is no application process.  All you need is an interest in learning about engineering, the time and the desire to learn more about technology & engineering related professions.

Enrollment Requirements to attend our engineering summer camp:

  • Students entering grades 9-12 in the fall, or students whose ages are ages 13-17 during the period for which they attend the program
  • No letters of recommendation, transcripts, essays or references required
  • All levels of students are accepted, whether you have a little or a lot of engineering and technology experience


Enrollment Update: All sessions are now sold out.  You can join the waiting list in case a spot opens up!

USD:  Sold out all sessions

Rice University: Sold out all sessions

UPenn: Sold out all sessions

(Penn is residential only)


"My child learned engineering strategies, she learned what it is to live on campus, and she truly enjoyed making connections and getting to know other students as well as staff members." - 2023 Parent

"Outstanding communication and outstanding results. My son loved this experience." - 2023 Parent

"Our son found kindred spirits and came away from TryEngineering inspired to learn new topics. We hoped it would be a good experience and it far exceeded our expectations!" - 2023 Parent


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Teen boys and girls at the TryEngineering Summer Institute, a pre-college engineering STEM summer camp for teens, proudly display their engineering hands-on design challenge results
Teen boys and girls at the TryEngineering Summer Institute, a pre-college engineering STEM summer camp for teens, showing their results

Standard Tuition:

Sleepaway/Residential:  $3895 for all locations.  Penn is residential only.

Commuter/Day:  $3295

IEEE Discount:  $100 off any session of any type for IEEE members, space permitting. Enter your IEEE member number at the time of registration, or register with the deposit only, email us your member number and we will apply your member benefit to the remaining balance.

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Residential program tuition includes:

  • Opening dinner, and breakfast lunch and dinner through the program, ending with breakfast on the last day
  • All academic supplies and classes
  • Double occupancy room in the residence hall, or suites with 4 singles off two bathrooms.   Varies by location check them individually.
  • Camp t-shirt
  • Site visit, field trip entry and excursion expenses
  • Transportation to and from activities during the session
  • Fun activities after class time
  • Preview of college life
  • Opportunity to re-invent yourself, and to expand your leadership and self-expression
  • Closing ceremony at the end of each session

Commuter/Day program tuition includes:

  • All academic supplies and classes
  • Daily lunch in the campus dining hall
  • Camp t-shirt
  • Site visit and excursion expenses for Institute trips taking place during the day/class time
  • Transportation to and from activities during the session
  • Classes daily from 9am-4:30pm (it is possible some days will go longer due to field trips)
  • Preview of college life
  • Opportunity to re-invent yourself, and to expand your leadership and self-expression
  • Closing ceremony at the end of each session

Airport Pick-Up/Drop-Off Service

TryEngineering Summer Institute offers airport pick-up and drop-off service if registration is complete by June 1st, and notifying us within one week of the beginning of the session. More details to come after you register, here is a general overview of how we do this.

Pick-up service:  Suffice now to say, we send you the pickup person's picture and phone the night before, triple-confirm everything, and create a text chain with the family, student, pick up person, and Program director.  The assigned staffer will meet your student at the airport, make sure they have all their stuff, and take a cab/uber straight to camp, being in communication the whole time.

Drop-off service: If you choose this option, on the last day of the program, schedule. flight around noon and your pre-college engineering student will be escorted back to the airport, we make sure they are checked in and through security, and our staff member will remain at the airport until their flight goes wheel-up; just in case the flight is cancelled or massively delayed, we are there to provide the support you would want your child to have.  Many more details available after registration.

Airport Pick-up/Drop-off service cost: $195 one way, $250 both ways

Airport Information:
  • Rice University: George Bush Intercontinental Airport (IAH), William P. Hobby Airport (HOU)
  • University of Pennsylvania: Philadelphia International Airport (PHL)
  • University of San Diego: San Diego International Airport (SAN)

Enrollment Process

Simply click our register now button and go through the steps to register, it only takes a few minutes to reserve the spot.  As of May 15th we require full payment upon registration and at that time we will send you an email with a link to the welcome pack.  Registrations will be accepted up until a week before the program begins or when the program fills, whichever occurs first. Many of our sessions were completely sold out with waiting lists, so don't wait too long!  We recommend that students enroll as early as possible to reserve their spot. Please consult our FAQs for further details.

If you cannot pay all of the tuition at once, or in one transaction, simply call us and we will work with you.  We want your student to attend and complete the program and start a new life;

We will be conduction Zoom sessions to answer questions from registered families.  The program director will be in touch with you in the weeks preceding the start of the program with further, more detailed updates.

Returning Student Discount

Did you have a great time at TryEngineering camp last year? Come back this summer to experience a refreshed curriculum and take advantage of a $100 discount on top of any other discounts. After registration, email us at info@tryengineeringinstitute.org to have the returning student discount applied to your account.


The scholarship program for 2024 has closed for the summer. 
Engineering camp registration

Registration Deadline

Registration Update:

USD:  SOLD out in both sessions.

Rice University: Session 1 is sold out, Session 2 has a few spots left.

Penn:  The University of Pennsylvania: Session 1 has a few spots left; Session 2 is SOLD OUT


Whether you've just discovered us or have been on the fence, now is the time to take action. If our program seems like a good fit, don't hesitate to register.

Only a few spots remain at Rice University. After that, the only available location is at Penn. Seize this amazing opportunity to enroll your child in an engineering program at an Ivy League college—how cool is that?

The environment at all our programs is remarkable and inspiring, which is why they are almost sold out. Don’t miss out on giving your child this incredible experience!



Program Subject To Change:

We reserve the right to change the program for any reason and without notice.


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Refund Policy

We know that circumstances can sometimes change for every family. With that in mind, we have extended our deadline to withdraw for any reason until May 15, 2024.  

Before May 15, 2024:  You can cancel your enrollment for any reason and receive a full refund of all tuition paid or you can transfer your funds to the following year and lock in 2024 pricing.

After May 15, 2024: No paid tuition, including additional charges, will be refunded to any student who withdraws, no-shows, or is dismissed from camp for any reason. 

After May 15:  All registrations must be paid in full at the time of registration.  If you need to talk to us about finding a way to pay across multiple cards or over a couple days, we can work with you.  Just call us at 315-816-4023. 

NOTE  *if you need to make a special arrangement regarding payment, if you have to split between two cards, or have another situation, please call us to work out a plan for your particular special circumstances.  We can support you in registering your future rockstar engineer.