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.

Our Aerospace Engineering Camp Projects

TESI Curriculum Module: Aerospace Engineering Summer Program

Do you have a teen who shows an interest in space, flight, rockets or other craft that fly?  Are they interested in engineering?  Would you like them to work with their hands building projects that fly, learning the math and science behind that, and to try out a new future now?  If so then you’ve found the right spot for them this summer!  Our aerospace engineering camp rocks!

TryEngineering Summer Institute sparks enthusiasm in engineering and technology in high school students towards their possible future in the booming aerospace industry. Our intention is to provide  high school students a path forward, to see themselves as people for whom aerospace engineering is a  towards a future in some aspect of aerospace engineering.  Our two-week program is designed to empower students while giving them real-world skills and a great academic program to put on their college applications.

Simply put, we are out to create the next generation of problem-solvers and difference-makers, and position these innovators for long-term success in academics and in life.

This hands-on course is geared towards students who are problem solves, difference makers, and want to position themselves for long term success within a STEM field. Students will engage in hands-on aerospace design challenges, and get a chance to experience firsthand what it is like to be an aerospace engineer. Our aerospace engineering camp not only looks to help improve students understand the fundamentals of aerospace engineering, but to look to the future and think how they can make real life impact.

Not only will students be able to work with their peers on complex aerospace projects, they will also be able to learn from our staff and world renown guest speakers. Students will also be able to watch firsthand how real life engineers do their job with our behind the scenes tours and field trips.

You can learn more about the aerospace engineering projects that students will work on at the TryEngineering Summer Institute below, but also remember that aerospace is not the only focus of our engineering camp. Students will be able to explore the fundamentals of civil, computer, electrical, and mechanical engineering with our program and find the engineering focus that fits them best.  IEEE has provided a wonderful program!

Aerospace Engineering Camp Projects:

While at our aerospace engineering summer camp students will be able to work hands on with our Glider & Wing Design and Rocket Launch project. We believe working hands on is one of the best ways to learn the fundamentals of aerospace engineering, and we have found that students not only learn but have fun with our aerospace projects. Keep reading to see in detail how we teach aerospace engineering concepts.

Glider & Wing Design

Students will work in teams to explore aircraft and wing materials, shapes, and structures to maximize the glide slope of a glider.  They will create an optimal wing design that will propel their glider the furthest distance. In this activity we will consider the principles of flight, including lift and drag, and students will design, build and test (from scratch) a glider that will carry the payload of an actual shoebox (which is fairly weighty indeed) the farthest.

Rocket Launch

In this activity we’ll focus on aerospace engineering and how space flight has been achieved from an engineering vantage point. Students will work with instructors to understand the forces acting on a rocket, Newton's Laws, and other principles and challenges of an actual space vehicle launch. Students work individually to construct and test launch a rocket using a basic kit which they customize. Then based on their results, they will re-engineer their rocket and retest for improved accuracy and altitude. Students will build an altitude tracker and use for the competition.

Program Dates and Locations:  

University of San Diego, California:   2022 Dates TBD
Texas A&M, College Station Texas:  
Vaughn College Of Aeronautics, NYC, NY:  
Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland OH:  
This co-ed day and residential engineering summer camp is open to any student ages 13-17.


Sleepaway/Residential:  $3495 ($3395 for IEEE members)
Commuter/Day:  $2295 ($2195 for IEEE members)

Scholarship Opportunities:

A limited number of need-based scholarships are available.  Click HERE for more information.

Other Engineering Focuses within TESI Program:

Computer Engineering Summer Camp
Mechanical Engineering Summer Camp
Civil Engineering Summer Camp
Electrical Engineering Summer Camp

At the TryEngineering Summer Institute summer engineering programs for high school students, you’ll explore various engineering fields, such as electrical, civil, mechanical, and aerospace. Our STEM summer course allows you to meet working engineers and experience VIP tours of engineering companies and centers. Learn new skills and engage in hands-on projects that explore how engineers can solve real-world problems.

The TryEngineering Summer Institute is a program from IEEE, 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. Our curriculum is created specifically for this program by IEEE STEM summer specialists.

In previous summers, some of the exciting field trips our TryEngineering Summer Institute students enjoyed included:

  • NASA's Johnson Space Center (Texas A&M students)
  • Con Edison power station, New York City (Vaughn College students)

"The overall experience was awesome and I would definitely recommend it to my friends.  Some of the highlights: the flight simulator and the field trip to the World Trade Tower and ConEdison.  Getting out and about was nice and it took the classroom to the real world." -  former student


TryEngineering Summer Institute helps to inspire the next generation of engineers as shown in this video from last year's summer engineering programs

Our Engineering Program

TryEngineering Summer Institute gives teens the opportunity to explore a variety of engineering disciplines in a fun, hands-on way. The program is ideal for students who are considering a degree or career in engineering, as well as for those that are curious to learn more. Whether your teen is brand new to engineering, or has taken a few classes in school, every student will have fun tackling a variety of engineering design challenges while developing skills in engineering, communication, and consensus-building. The program is designed by IEEE STEM summer specialists specifically for our TryEngineering Summer Institute.

Students participate in team-based, hands-on design challenges, hear from and interact with working engineers, and experience exciting off-campus field trips to local engineering sites.

The program is perfect for those who want to:

  • Find out how engineering is applied in the real world, and how it’s shaping our future.
  • Participate in multi-disciplinary projects in electrical, civil, mechanical, aerospace and other engineering disciplines.
  • Learn to think like engineers while building critical thinking, communication and collaboration skills.
  • Experience how engineers work in teams to solve local and global challenges.
  • Gain insight into what it’s like to study engineering at the university level.
  • Engage with professionals working in your field of interest.
  • See real-world engineering projects while learning about future academic and career possibilities through exciting trips and tours.
  • Build awesome projects that teach engineering concepts by making things like rockets, remote control cars, drones, trebuchets, building and soldering circuits, and much more.

…All while having fun with new friends on one of our engineering campuses.

Curriculum Overview

Questions about our programs?
Call us at +1 866 397 2267 or email info@tryengineeringinstitute.org

Program Highlights

TryEngineering Summer Institute students participating in our summer engineering programs participate as a team in a hands-on design challenge

Hands-On Design Challenges

A panel of young engineering professionals speak to TryEngineering Summer Institute engineering summer camp students about their career path and the work that they do.

Exclusive Guest Speakers

TryEngineering Summer Institute summer STEM camp students pose in front of a rocket during a field trip to NASA and the Johnson Space Center

Exciting VIP Tours and Field Trips

TryEngineering Summer Institute students got to visit engineering graduate students working on autonomous vehicle technology in a test-bed during one of our summer engineering programs

Access University Engineering Labs and Tech Spaces


Tuition for the TryEngineering Summer Institute is all-inclusive, covering all activities, tours, lodging, meals, and transportation while on campus. Both residential and day programs are available.

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A limited number of scholarships are available for those that demonstrate financial need. Click the link below to learn how to apply.

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