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!

About TryEngineering
Summer Institute

Created to Inspire the Next Generation of Engineers

Pre-college Engineering:  Our Goal

To spark enthusiasm in engineering and technology in the next generation of problem-solvers and difference-makers, to have hands-on pre-college engineering work, and position these innovators for long-term success in academics and in life.

How do we do it?

Organized in two-week sessions each summer, on college and university campuses across the United States, the TryEngineering Summer Institute engineering camp unites students from around the world—co-ed, between 13-17 years old—to:

  • engage in hands-on design challenges who love or have interest in science, building, or engineering
  • 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 TryEngineering Summer Institute counselors

Give us two weeks, and we'll give you a new definition of what it means to be an engineer at our pre-college engineering program designed exclusively for our students by the geniuses at IEEE..

Who are we?

TryEngineering Summer Institute is a partnership between IEEE and Summer Squares.

IEEE is the world’s largest professional association for the advancement of technology. Our more than 417,000 members in 160 countries, including more than 120,000 student members, help us provide the trusted "voice" for engineering, computing and technology information around the globe via highly-cited publications, conferences, technology standards and professional and educational activities. Read more about us at IEEE.org.

Summer Squares, Inc. (SSI) is an exceptional provider of academic summer camps for schools, colleges and universities across the United States. SSI manages the daily operations of the TryEngineering Summer Institute.

Our History

The Summer Institute is a program of TryEngineering.org, which was launched in 2006 as the result of collaboration between IEEE, IBM and the New York Hall of Science. The goal of TryEngineering is to equip teachers with the skills to teach engineering lessons in the classroom, raise interest in engineering careers, improve access to high-quality educational resources, and show students how engineering can be a part of their future.

Try Engineering Summer Institute STEM summer camp for teens working on engineering design challenges
Two budding female engineers work on building a drone at the Try Engineering Summer Institute STEM camp for teens

Check Out Some of the Fun From Previous Programs

Our Students and Parents Say...

From students:

“It was over all an amazing experience. This is the longest that I have ever been away from home without my family. It has been really fun forming the friendships that I have, especially over this short period of time.”

“Thank you so much for this opportunity. It has been one of a kind."

“My favorite aspects of the summer program were collaborating and learning from industry leaders and college students.”

"Thank you so much again for this amazing, eye-opening, and life-changing experience."

And from parents:

“TryEngineering gave my child an in-depth introduction to engineering. My child had the opportunity to build a drone, a smart car and launch rockets. The counselors, resident assistants and instructors were amazing! They were kind, encouraging and knowledgeable. It was an experience my child will never forget!”

“Thank you so much for offering [my son] access to this camp. He came home motivated, proud and even more certain a career in engineering is his goal.”

“[The program] really boosted [my son’s] confidence. Now he is actually excited about engineering and looking forward to going to college!”

“I’ve noticed a great change in my daughter after the [program]. She’s much more mature, more sure of herself; she acquired so much new knowledge.”

Try Engineering Summer Institute students soaking up the sun during a field trip to LaGuardia Airport #bestsummerever
Two female engineering students programming a fan on an arduino board at Try Engineering Summer Institute for high school students

Job Opportunities

The TryEngineering Summer Institute is looking for enthusiastic, hard-working individuals who love engineering and technology, have experience working with high school students, and want to inspire the next generation. STEM teaching experience is a plus! We have openings for Engineering Instructors, Resident Assistants, and more. We are currently hiring for the 2022 season.   Please submit your CV and cover letter to us:  info@tryengineeringsummerinstitute.org

Try Engineering Summer Institute helps two teen students with a soldering project during this exciting STEM camp for teens