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.

Mechanical Engineering

Mechanical engineers literally design and build almost every device, machine and tool you’ve ever seen or used.  Every device and machine means that there are so many variations and opportunities to make a real difference in what people are dealing with and what they really care about.

What is Mechanical Engineering?

Mechanical engineering is the world of designing and building machines of all types and sizes.  Mechanical engineers invent and create the tools that build the machines.  They also build and maintain modern society, from power generation and storage to engine design and transportation, truly creating underpinnings of the modern world

What Does a Mechanical Engineer Do?

There are many jobs available to mechanical engineers, including automobile manufacturing, aerospace manufacturing and even computer product creation and manufacturing.  Other important areas of work include agricultural production and research and development of all kinds, including even inventing and deploying new specialized tools.

How to Become a Mechanical Engineer

Mechanical engineering is a broad and versatile aspect of engineering. Exciting areas of work and study that lead to real careers include the building of robotics, the development of driverless cars, inventing innovative new medical devices, and much more.  To get into these areas students should start working on that now, and developing themselves to be the kind of person who excels in math and engineering.  They should then find internships and jobs on their way to discovering just what aspect of being a mechanical engineer suits them best.

Mechanical Engineering Degrees 

Most mechanical engineers earn a bachelor's degree in civil engineering, and usually follow it up with a masters degree in a specialty.  After that comes four years of credible relevant work experience and certification.  All of this leads to the path to become a mechanical engineer.

Mechanical engineering careers

Mechanical engineering jobs and careers can take many forms.  They can work in robotics, and the design and construction of automobiles too, including specialties like combustion engineers and engine designers.  Jobs exist also as heating and cooling systems engineers and even tool and die engineers.

Mechanical Engineering Links and Resources

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.

This summer we have some exciting field trips planned (and many more on the way!):

  • NASA's Johnson Space Center (Rice University 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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Philadelphia, PA

July 10 – 23, 2022

July 24 – August 6, 2022


Houston, Texas

June 26 – July 9, 2022

July 10 – July 23, 2022

San Diego, California

June 27 – July 10, 2021

July 11 – July 24, 2021

Queens, New York

July 10 – 23, 2022

July 24 – August 6, 2022