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.


TryEngineering Live: Hands-On Design Challenge

TryEngineering Live: Hands-On Design Challenge is a new series from TryEngineering and the TryEngineering Summer Institute.  

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In this series, we will be highlighting lesson plans from TryEngineering.org.

TryEngineering.org inspires the engineers of tomorrow and empowers educators to foster the next generation of technology innovators by making it easy to bring engineering into the classroom. 

With access to over 130 complete, low-cost lesson plans for students ages 5-18, integrating engineering concepts and cultivating engineering habits of mind couldn’t be easier. 

Each lesson plan is designed to be a complete roadmap that’s easy to follow and implement, no matter your familiarity with the topic, and to align with educational standards

This week’s challenge – Critical Load

This TryEngineering lesson, Critical Load, focuses on the issues civil engineers face with critical load and how to design a structure to hold excess weight. This lesson uses materials you can find at home. Join us for this complimentary webinar, hosted by the IEEE TryEngineering team, and learn how you can teach this fun TryEngineering lesson plan.

Age Levels: 8 – 14


  • Learn about civil engineering and the importance of critical load
  • Learn about alternative materials and tips for successful builds
  • Learn about the engineering design process and productive failure