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.

Our Electrical Engineering Camp Projects

TESI Curriculum Module: Electrical Engineering Summer Program

The modern world runs on electric power.  From computers to microprocessors and even all the way to giant power generation for cities, electricity runs the world. So much of our lives revolves around electricity - and electrical engineers are the people who help work to create that power, which makes day-to-day life so much easier! In a sense electrical engineers have a large hand in running the entire world.  

There is no better field of engineering to help set you up for future success than electrical engineering. If you are a curious student who thinks they may want to purse a future studying electrical engineering or you are looking for electrical engineering projects for high school students, look no further than TryEngineering's Summer Institute. If you think you may want to start a career in the electrical engineering field there is no better place to start that journey than the IEEE TryEngineering summer program. Here you will get the chance to see real professional electrical engineers at work, do hands-on electrical engineering projects, and learn more about other popular fields of engineering. 

One critical aspect at the IEEE TryEngineering Summer Institute is our vision to let students try each area of engineering, and these modules are no different.  Our mission is to provide our summer camp students with a clear vision of how they can work toward a successful future an an engineer.  Part of that mission means we have to work to distinguish which aspect of engineering may work best for each student.  Exploring each major facet of engineering and allowing students to discover on their own  where their curiosity and passions live is a major feature to each summer camp.  We help guide students to their engineering passions through hands-on project-based instruction.  

To put this another way, we are out to create the next generation of problem-solvers and difference-makers, and position these innovators for long-term success in both their academics and in life. We empower our students while providing clear and lifelong training and our program is a fantastic addition to their college applications.

Our students will work with their classmates on building electrical engineering projects from the ground up. We learn to solder, which is a very important skill for electrical engineers, as well as how currents flow. We start with the basics and quickly ramp up until our students are building big projects with all sorts of lights, energy, and even the possibility of flight. If you aren't sold yet you can learn more about what electrical engineering is and find out if this type of engineering is of interest. If your child is interested in attending an electronics camp, or has a passion for electrical engineering keep reading to find out all we offer during our electrical engineering camp.

Below are some of the electrical engineering summer camp projects we will complete.

Electrical Engineering Camp Projects:

Smart Car Sensor Challenge with Sensors

In this activity students build a fully operative smart car and remote control from scratch. They will work with instructors to understand the mechanical principles around steering systems. Working in teams of three, students will construct and build a smart car. They will then edit and upload the underlying code to make functional adjustments in car operations.

With an electrical engineering focus on the project, students will explore Arduino code  by modifying it to control the function of the car.  They will also add sensors to help it best navigate the obstacle course automatically. To complete this challenge, students need to learn basic circuitry and breadboarding.

  • Skill Build: Basic Circuitry and Breadboarding. Students will explore simple circuits through  breadboard wiring of LEDs and resistors. Soldering and advanced soldering included.
  • Skill Build: Intro to Micro-controllers. Our electrical engineering camp students will  expand on prior activities which established an understanding of electrical circuitry and breadboarding to explore microcontrollers and their applications. They will control a display and then have a choice of either developing a weather station or programming a recognizable song using passive buzzers. Students will build a strong understanding of flexible coding, component integration, and problem-solving.

This challenge is ideal for students who have shown an interest in robotics or electronics. Working with classmates to create their very own functional Smart Car is a great first step to foster interest in electrical engineering.

AM Radio Challenge with Soldering

Build a fully operational AM radio from a kit at our electrical engineering summer camp. Although no longer in style, building an AM Radio is a great electrical engineering project for high school students. It is a project that can help kids and teens learn the basics of both electrical engineering and soldering. This is a great beginner electrical engineering project and can help improve both interest and knowledge of electrical engineering. 

  • Skill Build: Soldering a functional circuit: Students will set up and practice soldering, and then move on to soldering a functional circuit.

Drone Challenge with Soldering

Build a fully operational drone to carry a payload to a specific destination.  In this challenge, students will expand, augment, improve and strengthen their drones so that they can participate in battles, races, and other exciting feats of engineering by facing off with one another and against the clock.

Imagine using a 3D printer to make a battle arm to attach to your drone (and making sure it is counter-balanced and flight-worthy) then facing off against your roommate who has created a drop-tank to engage your drone!

Program Dates and Locations:  

University of San Diego (San Diego, California):   June 30 - July 8, 2024 AND July 11 - July 19, 2024
Rice University (Houston, Texas): June 30 - July 8, 2024 AND July 11 - July 19, 2024
University Of Pennsylvania (Philadelphia, PA): July 14 - 22, 2024 AND July 25 - August 2, 2024

This co-ed day and residential engineering summer camp is open to any student ages 13-17.

Learn more about the TryEngineering summer campuses: University of PennsylvaniaUniversity of San Diego, or Rice University


Sleepaway/Residential:  $3895 ($3795 for IEEE members)
Commuter/Day:  $3295 ($3195 for IEEE members)

Scholarship Opportunities:

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

Other Engineering Focuses within our Program:

Aerospace Engineering Summer Camp
Mechanical Engineering Summer Camp
Civil Engineering Summer Camp
Electrical Engineering Summer Camp

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:

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.

Last summer we visited:

  • NASA's Johnson Space Center (Rice University students)

"If you are ever thinking about doing engineering or trying to see what it's I would 100% recommend this camp." - 2023 student 


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 2024 engineering camp is designed by IEEE STEM summer specialists specifically for our TryEngineering Summer Institute. If you are interested in electrical engineering for kids or think your child would thrive learning more about engineering this program is for you!

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 +1 315-816-4023 or email info@tryengineeringinstitute.org

Program Highlights

Two students working on a hands-on design challenge

Hands-On Design Challenges

Panel session

Exclusive Guest Speakers

Group under SCA nose

Exciting VIP Tours
and Field Trips

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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Other Engineering Focuses within TESI Program:

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