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B.E.S.T. Robotics Design Contest
Middle and high school students build a radio-controlled robot that can perform assigned tasks. Teams are placed geographically into “hubs,” which compete locally; champions are sent to regional tournaments at Texas A&M University and Auburn University. See website to contact or organize a hub in your area.
(334) 844-5759;

Botball Educational Robotics Program
Over six weeks, middle and high school students learn to program in C and use a kit to build and program a robot that can operate autonomously. Robots compete by manipulating ping-pong balls to score points.
(405) 579-4609;

Teams of at least three middle or high school students work with an adult advisor to build a robot that competes in one-to-one or “rumble” combat matches. Competitions take place on both local and national levels. Prizes include trophies and software for the winners’ schools. (707) 336-2687;

Bubble Wrap Competition for Young Inventors
Students in grades 5–8 create an invention with bubble wrap. Three finalists win a trip to New York City, and the first- through third-place winners receive savings bonds worth $10,000, $5,000, and $3,000, respectively.
(330) 376-8300;

Christopher Columbus Awards for Community Innovation
Teams of students in grades 6-8 and an appointed coach use science and technology to tackle a community issue. (800) 291-6020;

Davidson Fellows Awards
Students ages 17 and under submit a significant piece of work in science, technology, mathematics, literature, music, philosophy, or “outside the box.” Eight to fifteen students are typically selected each year and named a Davidson Fellow. Fellows receive a $50,000, $25,000, or $10,000 scholarship and are recognized for their achievements in Washington, DC. (775) 852-3483 x 423;

Design Squad
Kids ages 5–19 take everyday discarded or recycled materials and re-engineer them into functional products. The grand prize winner receives a $10,000 cash prize and a trip to the development lab at Continuum, an award-winning design firm, to build a prototype of his or her design.

Design TASC Challenge: Blowing in the Wind
Teams of high school students design, build, and test a device to complete one of three tasks (2010: WHAAM!, Kinetic Wind Sculpture, or PSA Video). Prizes include notebook computers and cash awards.
(800) 364-6284;

Destination ImagiNation
In this international creative problem-solving competition, students in four grade divisions work in teams to solve problems with a range of difficulty, some involving minimal engineering activities, and others requiring extensive engineering solutions. Current problem summaries can be found online. (856) 881-1603;

Students in grades 6–9 may participate in this free, web-based science, math, and technology competition sponsored by the U.S. Army. Using research, scientific methods, terms, materials, and appropriate technology, students work to solve problems within the community (2009-10 Challenge: Renewable Energy). Each student can win up to $8,000 in cash prizes. (866) 462-9237;

EngineerGirl Survival Design Challenge
Boys and girls in grades 3–12 are given a scenario wherein they are lost and in possession of certain supplies. They write an essay describing how they would deal with one of three challenges presented to them. The first- through third-place winners receive $500, $250, and $100, respectively. Winning entries are published on the Engineer Girl website.

Teams of students in grades K–12 submit designs for new technology that benefits society. Regional winners receive a notebook computer and software for their school, and build a website and prototype of their design. Members of first- and second-place teams each receive a $10,000 and $5,000 savings bond, respectively, and an all-expense-paid trip to Washington, DC, for an awards ceremony. (800) 397-5679;

F.I.R.S.T. LEGO League
Using LEGO Mindstorms™ kits, teams of students ages 9–14 build robots to meet the year’s challenge (2010 challenge: Engineering Meets Medicine) and then compete at the local and state level. (Students ages 6–9 may participate in Jr. FLL.) (800) 871-8326;

F.I.R.S.T. Robotics Competition
F.I.R.S.T. (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) is an international robotics competition open to high school students. Student teams are issued a standard kit of parts and work with professional engineers to design and build a remote-control robot. (603) 666-3906;

Formula One Technology Challenge
Teams of 3–6 students ages 9–19 design, analyze, manufacture, test, and race miniature gas-powered balsa wood Formula One cars.

Future City Competition
Students in grades 7–8 team up with engineer-volunteer mentors to create—first on computer and then as large, 3D models—their vision of the city of tomorrow. Plaques and medals are awarded to winners in a broad range of categories. Regional winning teams advance to the Future City Competition in Washington, DC.
(877) 636-9578;

International High School Bridge Building Contest
High school students build a bridge according to specifications that change annually. Contests are held at individual schools and regionally; finalists compete in the international contest.

Intel International Science & Engineering Fair
Two individuals and one team from each of 500 Intel ISEF-Affiliated Science Fairs advance to the International ISEF. These high school students compete for scholarships in 17 categories. The top three winners at the international competition each receive a $50,000 scholarship. First- through fourth-place entries in each category are awarded $3,000, $1,500, $1,000, and $500, respectively. Multiple special awards are also presented. (202) 785-2255;

Internet Science and Technology Fair (ISTF)
Teams of at least three students in elementary through high school work with a practicing scientist or engineer to choose a problem, research it, write a report according to specification, and create a website on which they publish their final research reports. Top teams receive certificates from the National Medal of Technology Program at the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.

Junior Science and Humanities Symposia
Students in grades 9-12 who have completed original research in science, engineering, or mathematics may apply to attend JSHS regional symposia. Three winners from each regional event win scholarships of $2,000, $1,500, or $1,000 and are invited to attend the National Symposium, where six first-place, six second-place, and six third-place winners receive scholarships of $16,000, $6,000, and $2,000, respectively. Each first-place finalist also receives an expense-paid trip to the London International Youth Science Forum, an exchange program bringing together over 400 participants from 60 nations. (603) 228-4520;

Lemelson-MIT InventTeams
This non-competitive initiative grants awards of up to $10,000 each to teams of high school students in grades 9–12, their teachers, and mentors who identify a problem and invent a solution. Previous categories have included consumer products, assistive devices for the disabled/elderly, safety devices, and environment.
(617) 452-2147;

NASA Engineering Design Challenge
Elementary, middle, and high school students design, build, and evaluate a structure based on an annual project (2010: Lunar Plant Growth Chamber) and receive certificates of participation.
(202) 358-0001;

National Science Decathlon
Students in 2 divisions (grades 6–9 and 9–12) compete in 10 team events and up to 4 Pilot Events with such names as Bridge Breaking, Water Rocketry, and Ick! Thyology.

National Engineering Design Challenge

Junior Engineering Technical Society (JETS)
Teams of students in grades 9–12 create an assistive technology device to help a person with a disability. National finalist teams compete for cash prizes, a trip to Washington, DC, and other special awards.
(703) 548-5387;

TEAMS Competition
Teams of students in grades 9–12 work together to answer questions regarding real world issues. (2010 theme: Water, Water, Everywhere). Participants receive t-shirts and certificates, and top-ranking teams also receive $2,500 cash prizes and a trip to Disney World. (703) 548-5387;

Ohio Tech National Robotics Challenge
Teams of students in middle school through college design and build robots that can navigate mazes, participate in one-on-one sumo matches, manipulate objects, perform various tasks, and solve problems.
(740) 361-6772;

Pete Conrad Spirit of Innovation Awards
Teams of high school students create products using science, technology, and entrepreneurship. The 2009–10 competition challenges students to develop new ideas in the areas of aerospace, green schools, renewable energy, and space nutrition. Prizes include scholarships, cash awards, grants, medallions, and certificates. (415) 962-3664;

Students in high school through college work in teams at the local, regional, and then international level to complete challenges such as soccer (one-on-one or two-on-two matches of autonomous mobile robots), rescue (robots rescue victims from simulated hazardous sites), dance (one or more costumed robots perform to music), or RoboCup @Home (develop robots to assist humans in everyday life). Students in elementary and middle school may participate in RoboCup Junior. The 2010 International RoboCup will be held in Singapore; the 2011 competition will be held in Turkey.

Teams of students in grades 5–12 design, build, and program autonomous robots for both competition and exhibition. In the former, two robots from each team must cooperate to perform certain missions; in the latter, teams demonstrate their creativity through projects such as robot pets, robot dancers, and robots for scientific experiments. (248) 204-3568;

RoboGames Jr.
Students in grades 1–12 compete in events such as LEGO Bowling, sumobots, combat robots, and more. First-, second-, and third-place winners receive gold, silver, and bronze medals, respectively.

Rube Goldberg Machine Contest
Teams of an unlimited number of high school, college, or graduate students use everyday materials to design and build machines that accomplish a given task as described in the annual challenge. (2010: Dispense an appropriate amount of hand sanitizer into a hand; 2011: Watering a Plant.)
(203) 227-0818 x34;

Siemens Competition in Math, Science, and Technology
As individuals or as members of two- or three-person teams, high school students submit research projects in one of 14 categories. Up to 300 projects are selected as semifinalists; from that group, up to 30 individuals and 30 teams become regional finalists. Individual winners of regional competitions receive $3,000 scholarships; winning teams receive $6,000 in scholarships to divide among team members. Team and individual winners go to New York for the national finals, where they compete for scholarships ranging from $10,000 to $100,000. (877) 822-5233;

Six Flags America Roller Coaster Design Contest
Teams of students in two categories—grades 5–8 and 9–12—build models of roller coasters using wood, wire, string, and other low-cost items. First- and second-place winners in each of the categories receive certificates and season passes to Six Flags America. (301) 209-3626;

Team America Rocketry Challenge
Students in grades 7–12 work in teams of three or more to design, build, and launch a rocket that carries a raw egg to an altitude of 825 feet. Winning teams share a prize pool of more than $75,000 in savings bonds and cash.

Trinity College Fire-Fighting Home Robot Contest
Contestants in three categories—junior (grades 8 and below), high school, and senior (anyone beyond high school)—build autonomous robots that navigate a model of a house to locate and extinguish a lit candle.

West Point Bridge Design Challenge
Students ages 13 through grade 12 are eligible for prizes, but anyone can enter this online competition sponsored by the U.S. Military Academy. Finalists win a notebook computer, and each member of the winning team receives a $5,000 scholarship.

Winston Solar Car Challenge
In this 20-day competition, high school students learn about science, engineering, and technology, as they build and race roadworthy solar cars. (214) 691-6950;


Opportunities at CTY
At the Johns Hopkins Center for Talented Youth, students who have earned qualitying test scores can explore a range of math, science, and humanities topics in summer and online courses. This list features courses in engineering.

CTY Summer Programs (multiple sites)
Grades 7-11; 3 weeks; residential. Investigations in Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Principles of Engineering Design, and Physics. (410) 735-6277;

Additional Summer Programs
Grades specified refer to students' 2010-11 status. All programs are residential unless otherwise noted.

Alfred University Summer Institute in Engineering (NY)
Grades 10–12; 5 days. Through seminars, demonstrations, and labs, students in the Science and Engineering Camp explore topics of interest. The 2010 focus is on Engineering the Elements—Polymers and Electronic Ceramics. (607) 871-2612;

ASM Materials Camp (Multiple sites)
Grades 11–12; 2–7 days; commuter. Eligible students work with a materials mentor, view demonstrations, and attend field trips as they explore materials science and engineering concepts.

Auburn University RoboCamp (AL)
Ages 10–18; 6 weeks; commuter. Students work individually and on teams as they learn concepts of robotics and computer programming. (334) 844-6386;

Boston University Summer Term (MA)
Grades 10–11; 6 weeks; residential and commuter. Students taking summer term select two courses, which may include Engineering Computation, Software Engineering, and Computer-Aided Design and Manufacture. (617) 353-1378;

Caltech Young Engineer and Science Scholars Program (YESS) (CA)
Grades 11–12; 3 weeks. Eligible students take two research-oriented science courses and attend laboratory tours, lectures, workshops, and field trips. (626) 395-6208;

Carnegie Mellon University C-MITES (PA)
Grades 3–8; 1 or 2 weeks; commuter. Offerings for qualifying students include Bridge Boom, Discover Robotics, K’NEX Geometry, Robotics Programming and Design, CO2 Dragsters, and Green Engineering.
(412) 268-1629;

Catholic University Pre-College Summer Sessions (DC)
Grades 11 and 12; 6 weeks; commuter. Engineering course offerings include Thermodynamics.
(202) 319-5257;

Columbia University Summer Programs for High School Students (NY)
Grades 9–12; 4 weeks; residential and commuter. Course offerings include Biomedical Engineering: Physical Effects on Cells, and Engineering Design via Community Service Projects. (212) 854-9666;

Cornell University Summer College (NY)
Grades 11 & 12; 6 weeks. Students enrolled in the Cornell Engineering Experience participate in labs, lectures, and group projects while exploring a wide range of technical disciplines, including bioengineering and earth sciences, chemistry and electrical engineering, mechanical engineering, computers, and more.
(607) 255-6203;

Da Vinci Engineering Enrichment Program (DEEP) (Canada)
Grades 9–12; 1–4 weeks; residential and commuter. At the University of Toronto, students choose 3 courses from over 30 engineering offerings, including medical, biology, environmental, electrical, robotics, and mechanical. (416) 946-0816;

Duke University Biosciences and Engineering Camp (NC)
Grades 6–8; 2 weeks; residential and commuter. Through hands-on lab experiments and field trips, students explore such topics as sensing, mechanics, communication, and energy. (919) 684-6259;

Duke University TIP (multiple sites)
Grades 7–10; 3 weeks. Course offerings for qualifying students include Engineering Problem Solving, Nano to Mega Engineering, Physics of Energy, and Robotics. (919) 668-9100;

Exploration Summer Programs (EXPLO) (MA and CT)
Grades 8–12; 3 weeks; residential and commuter. Students in grades 8 and 9 take two courses which may include It Pays to Play (Toy Design); Robotics: ExploBotics; Go-Cart Madness; Bridges, Rockets, and Forces of Nature; Off-Road Vehicle Design; and Aeronautical Engineering. Students in grades 10–12 may choose from Building Under Blue Skies: Sustainable Engineering; Mechanical Engineering: Schematic Fanatics; Mechanized Miracles: Physics of Motion; and Cracking the Code: Genetic Engineering. (781) 762-7400;

George Washington University Pre-College (DC)
Grades 10–12; 10 days; residential and commuter. Course offerings include Biomedical Engineering and Robotics. (202) 994-6360;

Guys in Science and Engineering(GISE) (MN)
Grades 4–8; 3 weeks; commuter. Students in the Robotics program build prototypes and program them with a computer; those taking Amusement Park Physics study velocity, acceleration, momentum, force, and energy as they design, build, and analyze their own roller coaster; students in Engineering Design participate in hands-on projects, labs, discussions, and a design challenge, while those taking Tech for Girls explore software and websites, and design podcasts and/or a webpage. (612) 668-0730;

Harvard Secondary School Program (MA)
Grades 10–12; 7 weeks. Students take two courses, which may include Mobile Robot and Embedded Programming and Introduction to the Fabrication of Microfluidic and Lab-on-a-Chip Devices.
(617) 495-3192;

Iowa State University Summer Programs (IA)

Engineering and Beyond Workshop
Grade 12; 3 days. Students make their own ice cream as they study chemical engineering; learn about computer security (electronic and computer engineering); start a chocolate business (industrial and manufacturing systems); or explore other types of engineering, including mechanical, aerospace, civil and construction, environmental, electrical, materials, or agriculture and biosystems. (515) 294-8355;

Pre-collegiate Programs for Talented and Gifted
Grades 8–10; 1 week. Courses for qualifying students include Electronics and Robotics.
(800) 262-3810;

Johns Hopkins University Engineering Innovation (MD)
Grade 11 and up; 5 weeks. Through Johns Hopkins University’s Whiting School of Engineering, students attend lectures, tackle problems, test theories, and learn to think like engineers. (866) 493-0517;

Massachusetts Institute of Technology STEM Summer Institute (MA)
Grades 6–9; 5 weeks. Middle school students attend lectures and field trips, and participate in hands-on projects and experiments. (617) 253-8052;

Mentoring and Enrichment Seminar in Engineering Training (MESET) (TX)
Grade 12; 1 week. Students live on the campus of the University of Houston and explore engineering disciplines through interaction with UH engineering students, project-based learning, site visits, field trips, and panel discussions. (713) 743-4222;

Michigan State University High School Engineering Institute (MI)
Grades 6–12; 5 days. At Michigan State University, students in grades 6–8 explore Renewable Energy; grades 7–8 study Wireless Integrated Microsystems; grades 9–10 participate in High School Engineering Exploration; women in grades 10–12 may also participate in Women in Engineering; and grades 11–12 may also take High School Engineering Immersion. (517) 353-7282;

Michigan Tech Youth Programs (MI)
Grades 6–12; 1 week; residential and commuter. Students in grades 6–8 attend Summer Camp; those in grades 9–11 live on campus and take Career and Adventure Explorations, where they participate in hands-on labs, class work, and field experiences. In the Engineering Scholars Program, students in grades 10–12 explore engineering through group projects, labs, and hands-on activities. Also available to students in grades 10–12 are Explorations in Engineering Workshops, with titles such as Bridges, Dams, and Skyscrapers: Building Big; Catapults, Rockets, and Robotics: How Stuff Works; Chemical Enginering, Mechanical  Engeering, and more. In addition, eligible students may take Michigan Tech engineering courses such as Cryptography and Spatial Visualization/Engineering Design. (906) 487-2219;

Milwaukee School of Engineering Focus on the Possibilities Program (WI)
Grades 10–12; 1 week. Students participate in labs, hands-on projects, and interaction with faculty and current students as they focus on a specific career field in engineering. (800) 332-6763;

North Carolina State University Summer Programs (NC)

High School Engineering Workshops
Grades 11–12; 5 days. The College of Engineering offers eleven engineering camps, where students learn the basics of each discipline through hands-on demonstrations, experiments, classroom work, projects, and field trips. (919) 515-9669;

Middle School Summer Engineering Camp
Grades 6–9; 1 week; commuter. Students at North Carolina State’s Raleigh campus experience engineering through hands-on investigations and building activities. (919) 515-9732;

Northwestern University CTD (IL)
Grades 7–12; 1 or 3 weeks; residential and commuter. Qualifying students in grades 7–9 may take Materials and Engineering Design, Robotics, and Visual Modeling with LOGO. Those in grades 9–12 may take Engineering Design, where they create and test designs with a focus on water control and wastewater management. (847) 491-3782;

Ohio University Pre-Engineering Program (OH)
Grade 12; 5 weeks. Students admitted to Ohio University’s Engineering Program in the fall receive an academic foundation and encouragement to complete the engineering degree requirements. Activities include workshops, mentoring, and counseling.

Operation Catapult (IN)
Grade 12; 17 days. Eligible students work with faculty at Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology as they participate in group projects, class work, and field trips as they tackle real-world problems.
(812) 877-1511;

Purdue University Gifted Education Resource Institute (IN)
Grades 6–12; 1 or 2 weeks; residential and commuter. Qualifying students in grades 6–7 may take Engineering in Action or Electronic Engineering; those in grades 8–9 may take All About Engineering or Chemical Engineering, while those in grades 10–12 may choose from Bioengineering, Rube Goldbergineering, Rocketry and Space Exploration, Robotics, and Physics of Machines. (765) 494-7243;

Research Science Institute (RSI) (MA)
Grade 12; 6 weeks. Students live on campus at MIT, visit leading labs in the Boston area, and experience the entire research cycle from start to finish. (703) 448-9062;

Science and Engineering Apprenticeship Program (SEAP)
Grades10-12; 8 weeks; commuter. Eligible students work as apprentices with scientist and engineer mentors in Department of Defense laboratories. There, they pursue research, engage in engineering activities, and receive exposure to scientific and engineering practices and personnel. (888) 715-2733;

Southern Methodist University Talented and Gifted Program (TAG) (TX)
Grades 8–10; 3 weeks. Qualifying students take two courses, which may include Mars or Bust: Building a Permanent Martian Settlement and Machines and Society. (214) 768-0123;

Stanford University Summer Session (CA)
Grades 11 & 12; 8 weeks; residential and commuter. Course offerings include Mechanics, Heat, and Electricity, Introduction to Scientific Computing, Programming Methodology, Programming Abstractions, and Statistical Methods in Engineering and the Physical Sciences. (650) 723-3109;

Summer at Brown Precollege Program (RI)
Grades 9–12; 1–7 weeks. Course offerings include Alternative Energy Engineering, Fundamentals of Engineering Design, Engineering Biomedical Systems, Introduction to Design, Designing Mobile Machines, Exploring the Interface of Nanotechnology and Biology, Designing Robots, and Do You Want to Be an Engineer? (401) 863-7900;

U.S. Naval Academy STEM Program (MD)
Grades 8–11; 6 days. Students participate in lab work, hands-on learning, tours of labs and research areas, design challenges, and competitions as they explore engineering. (410) 293-4361;

University of Connecticut Mentor Connection (CT)
Grades 11 & 12; 3 weeks. Qualifying students choose a mentorship site and work closely with university mentors on research projects. 2010 projects include Chemical Engineering: Securing a More Energy-Efficient Future, Nanobiotechnology: The Future of Detection and Treatment of Disease, Calling All Young Inventors: Mechanical Engineering, Electronics: Optical Audio Link, and Environmental Data Collection and Analysis Using Geospatial Technologies. (860) 486-0283;

University of Iowa Secondary Student Training Program (IA)
Grades 11 & 12; 6 weeks. Under the guidance of a faculty mentor, students spend approximately 40 hours per week conducting research in a discipline of interest. Research topics typically are available in Environmental Engineering and Hydro science, among others. (800) 553-4692 x53876;

University of Maryland Young Scholars Program (MD)
Grades 10–12; 3 weeks. Students study Engineering, Materials Science and Engineering, or Science and Technology in the Western World, and participate in coursework, lectures, field trips, and projects.
(301) 405-7762;

University of Miami Summer Scholars Program (FL)
Grades 11–12; 3 weeks. Students in the Engineering Program choose either Track A: Aerospace, Architectural, Civil, Environmental, and Mechanical Engineering; or Track B: Biomedical, Computer, and Electrical Engineering. (305) 284-4000;

University of Michigan Summer Engineering Programs (MI)

Computer Aided Engineering Network Camp CAEN
Ages 12–17; 1–2 weeks; residential and commuter. Students study computer programming and design, web programming, game development, 3D modeling and rendering, and more.
(734) 936-8039;

Summer Engineering Academy (SEA)
Grades 8–12; 2–3 weeks. Students learn about engineering from faculty, participate in team building activities, and strengthen their skills in mathematics, computers, science, and communication through a variety of programs. Those in grades 8–12 may participate in the Summer Enrichment Program (SEP); those in grades 10–11 may participate in Michigan’s Introduction to Technology and Engineering program (MITE), while those in grade 12 may participate in the Summer College Engineering Exposure Program (SCEEP). (734) 764-1817;

University of Notre Dame Introduction to Engineering (IN)
Grade 12; 3 weeks. Students meet faculty and professional engineers, explore careers in engineering, and examine the elements of engineering design. (574) 631-6092;

University of Pennsylvania Summer Academy in Applied Science and Technology (SAAST) (PA)
Grades 10–12; 3 weeks. Students choose a focus of biotechnology, computer graphics, computer programming, nanotechnology, or robotics, and participate in coursework, labs, and group projects appropriate to the discipline. (215) 573-2575;

University of Southern California Summer Seminars (CA)
Grades 10–12; 4 weeks; residential and commuter. Students choose from Discover Engineering and Introduction to Video Game Design, and explore the topics through lectures, discussion, field trips, and hands-on projects. (213) 740-5679;

University of Texas at Arlington Engineering Program (TX)
Grades 6–11; 1 week; residential and commuter. Through field trips and classroom activities, students learn about a variety of engineering disciplines, including topics in robotics and AI. (817) 272-1295;

University of Virginia Summer Engineering Offerings (VA)

Introduction to Engineering
Grades 10–12; 1 week. Students explore engineering through lectures, labs, and exercises in engineering design, applied math, and basic science. (434) 924-0614;

Summer Session
Grades 11–12; 4 weeks. Course offerings for qualified students include Thermodynamics, Statics, Strength of Materials, The Engineer, Ethics, and Society, and Societal Dimensions of Nanotechnology. (434) 924-3371;

University of Wisconsin Engineering Summer Program (WI)
Grades 11–12; 6 weeks. At the University of Wisconsin, eligible students participate in coursework, industry site visits, and faculty mentoring to gain a better understanding of the field of engineering.
(608) 263-535;

Worcester Polytechnic Institute Frontiers in Science, Mathematics, and Engineering (MA)
Grades 11–12; 2 weeks. The Frontiers program offers courses in engineering (aerospace, civil, environmental, electrical, and more) and robotics, where students work in teams to design, build, and test a robot that will compete in an end-of-session tournament. (508) 831-5286;

Yale University Summer Session (CT)
Grade 12; 5 weeks. Students select two courses which may include Great Ideas of Computer Science, Electrical Engineering: The Digital Information Age, and Energy, Technology, and Society.
(203) 432-2430;


Carnegie Mellon Summer Engineering Experience for Girls (SEE) (PA)
Grades 8­–9; 2 weeks; commuter. Students work with engineers from all different areas in engineering to learn about different forms of energy and how they can make a difference working with energy.
(412) 268-5227;

Exploring Career Options in Engineering and Science (ECOES) (NJ)
Grades 11–12; girls only; 2 weeks. At the Stevens Institute of Technology, students explore careers in engineering by participating in hands-on lab projects, field visits, and contact with professional scientists and engineers. (201) 216-5000;

Exploring Interests in Technology and Engineering Camps (EXITE) (MN)
Grades 6–9; girls with disabilities; 5 days. Students use all of their senses to discover science and technology around us. (952) 838-9000;

Georgia Tech Women in Engineering Technology Engineering and Computer Camp (TEC) (GA)
Grades 7–8; girls only; 5 days; commuter. Students explore engineering through hands on projects such as web page design and robotics through group projects and interactions with professors, students, and professional women. (404) 542-3445;

Girls’ Adventures in Mathematics, Engineering, and Science (GAMES) (IL)
Grades 6–11; girls only; 1 week. At the University of Illinois, eligible students explore engineering fields through demonstrations, classroom presentations, hands-on activities, and contact with women in technical fields. Students in grades 6–7 explore structural engineering; those in grades 7–8 study computer science; students in grades 9–10 examine chemical engineering, while students in grades 10–11 investigate electrical engineering. (217) 244-3815;

Girls in Engineering, Math, and Science (GEMS) (MN)
Grades 4–8; 3 weeks; commuter. Students in the Robotics program build prototypes and program them with a computer; those taking Amusement Park Physics study velocity, acceleration, momentum, force, and energy as they design, build, and analyze their own roller coaster; students in Engineering Design participate in hands-on projects, labs, discussions, and a design challenge, while those taking Tech for Girls explore software and websites, and design podcasts and/or a webpage. (612) 668-0730;

G.R.A.D.E. Camp (TX)
Grades 8–12; girls only; 1 week; commuter. At the University of Houston, students build their own robot as they explore engineering through hands-on experience, teamwork, and contact with female engineers and engineering students. (713) 743-4172;

Love Engineering at Purdue (LEAP) and Exciting Discoveries for Girls in Engineering (EDGE) (IN)
Grades 8–11; girls only; 5 days. Students in grades 8–9 participate in the LEAP program, where they experience engineering through hands-on activities; those in grades 10–11 participate in the EDGE Program, where they meet women engineers, work with Purdue engineering students, and learn more about one specific engineering discipline of their choice. (765) 494-0758;

MIT Women’s Technology Program (WTP) (MA)
Grade 12; 4 weeks; girls only. Rising seniors explore topics in computer science and electrical engineering through classes, labs, and team-based projects. (617) 253-5580;

Ohio State University Women in Engineering Summer Camp (OH)
Grades 8–12; girls only; 1–6 days; residential and commuter. Ohio State University offers multiple programs in engineering. For a full listing of programs, please see the website. (614) 247-7936;

Penn State University Women in the Sciences and Engineering Institute (WISE) (PA)
Grades 11–12; girls only; 1 week. Students explore engineering through hands-on workshops, projects, and interaction with female role models. (814) 865-3342;

Science, Technology, and Engineering Preview Summer Camps for Girls (STEPS) (MN)
Grades 7 and 9; 4 or 5 days; girls only. At the University of St. Thomas, eligible students are introduced to technology and engineering topics such as physics, chemistry, and team building. (651) 962-5750;

Smith College Summer Science & Engineering Program (MA)
Grades 9–12; girls only; 4 weeks. Students take two research courses and participate in hands-on research alongside Smith faculty. Program culminates in presentations attended by family.
(413) 585-3060;

University of Dayton Women in Engineering summer Camp (OH)
Grades 9–12; girls only; 1 week. Students experiment, design, build, compete, and have dinner with an engineer, where they have the opportunity to ask questions such as “How have you used your degree?”, “Do you like what you’re doing?”, and “Is it possible to have a family and an engineering career?”
(937) 229-3296;

University of Maryland Exploring Engineering Program (MD)
Grades 11–12; girls only; 1 week. Students participate in hands-on activities, lab experiments, workshops, and seminars. (301) 405-3283;

University of Michigan ENGAGE Program (MI)
Grades 11–12; girls only; 1 week. Students visit labs, go on field trips to research sites, and talk with experts who use engineering to solve real-world problems. (734) 647-7012;

You Go Girl (MA)
Grade 9; 4 days; girls only. This program, which takes place at MIT, combines an introduction to science and engineering with high school prep sessions. (617) 253-7931;


Carnegie Mellon University Summer Programs for Diversity (PA)
Grades 11–12; 6 weeks. Eligible students in the Summer Academy for Math and Science (SAMS) explore engineering and other topics through classroom instruction and hands-on projects. Those in the architecture program study buildings, cities, and design. (412) 268-2082;

MIT Minority Introduction to Engineering and Science (MITES) (MA)
Grade 12; 6 weeks. Eligible students participate in this intensive program that includes coursework and hands-on projects. (617) 253-4629;

Purdue University Multiethnic Introduction to Engineering (MITE) (IN)
Grade 12; 2 weeks. At the College of Engineering at Purdue University, eligible students explore engineering through class work, projects, activities, and field trips. Also available are Summer Engineering Workshops. (765) 494-3974;

University of Wisconsin-Madison Engineering Summer Program (ESP) (WI)
Grades 11–12; 6 weeks. Students explore engineering through presentations, demonstrations, and hands-on activities. Included in the curriculum are math and science enrichment. (608) 263-5367;


American Society for Engineering Education’s Precollege Page
At this interactive site, visitors may click on playing cards for information on careers in a wide variety of engineering fields.

Applied Math and Science Education Repository (AMSER)
This site provides links to a wide variety of engineering-related materials, including study results, government bills, reports, and scientific papers.

Beginner’s Guide to Aerodynamics
Here NASA provides activities, movies, analyses, and detailed explanations of aerodynamic concepts ranging from science fundamentals to aircraft forces and baseball.

Discover Engineering
This interactive site of the National Engineering Week Foundation includes games, activities, resources, and downloads all related to engineering. Be sure to click on “cool stuff” for a clickable map to engineering sites around the country.

Engineer Girl
Curious girls may explore engineering careers, find out what classes to take in high school to pursue an engineering career, ask an engineering question, and more.

Engineer Your Life
This site bills itself as a guide to engineering for high school girls, but also contains links to resources for counselors, parents, and engineers. Here you can meet women engineers, find your dream job, and learn how to get it.
Get lost in this site, which features a range of resources, including games and puzzles, Ask an Engineer, directories of professional engineering organizations and engineering schools, and a virtual library with engineering-related articles, biographies, and reference material.

Engineers for a Sustainable World
ESW is made up of students, university faculty, and professionals dedicated to building a more sustainable world for current and future generations. Check out their site to find out how you can get involved.

How Stuff Works
Take the Ultimate LEGO Quiz, print and solve color jigsaw puzzles, or pose a question to Stuff You Want to Know  (e.g., How does the iPad work?).

MIT’s Media Lab has put together this site where you can view video presentations of new technology created by MIT students. Wholly entertaining and totally cool.

MIT Open Course Ware (OCW)
Here you’ll find free access to course materials used in almost all MIT courses, including syllabi, lecture notes, problem and answer sets, readings and reading lists, videos, and more.

NASA Online Learning
At this site, you can view any (or all!) of a series of 30-minute videos that highlight NASA research, new technologies, and more.

Network for Earthquake Engineering Simulation (NEES)
This shared national network aims to improve our understanding of earthquakes and their effects, and includes the latest earthquake research, education, training, and news.

Popular Mechanics
This site provides an entertaining look at technology, science, autos, news with analysis, and more.

Try Engineering
This site offers an extensive array of engineering resources, including an online newsletter.

Worldwide Mechanical Engineering Websites
This is a searchable directory of over 600 mechanical engineering and related websites at colleges and universities worldwide.

Writing Guidelines for Engineering and Science Students
Provided by Penn State University, this site is a great web resource for all engineering and science students, and includes models, exercises, and advice for documents they will likely encounter in school and eventually, in their professions.

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21 Things Every Future Engineer Should Know: A Practical Guide for Students and Parents
by Pat Remick (Kaplan, 2006).

Altering the Biological Blueprint: The Science of Genetic Engineering
by Darlene R. Stille (Compass Point Books, 2010).

Built to Last by George Sullivan (Scholastic Nonfiction, 2005).

Citizen Engineer: A Handbook for Socially Responsible Engineering
by David Douglas and Gre Papadopoulos (Prentice Hall, 2010).

Cool Careers in Engineering by Matt Hutson (Sally Ride Science, 2010).

The Design of New Things by Donald A. Norman (Basis Books, 2009).

Electric Dreams: One Unlikely Team of Kids and the Race to Build the Car of the Future
by Caroline Kettlewell (Da Capo Press, 2004).

Electric Universe: How Electricity Switched on the Modern World
by David Bodanis (Three Rivers Press, 2006).

The Essential Engineer: Why Science Alone Will Not Solve Our Global Problems
by Henry Petroski (Knopf, 2010).

LEGO: A Love Story by Jonathan Bender (Wiley, 2010).

The Musical Engineer: A Music Enthusiast’s Guide to Careers in Engineering and Technology
by Celeste Baine (Bonamy Publishing, 2007).


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