Summer Opportunities
at Thayer School

Hands-on engineering projects for middle and high school students.

Engineering Design Workshop

Through the Engineering Design Workshop middle school students collaborate with faculty, students, and staff at the Thayer School of Engineering at Dartmouth to design and build things (musical instruments, skateboards, wearable devices, etc.). No background in engineering, math or science is required; just an interest in designing and building!  Participants will get to use advanced tools for design (SolidWorks, a computer-aided design—or CAD—program) and machining (such as laser-cutters and 3D printers) as they design and build. The logistics of the workshop are handled by the Montshire Museum of Science but activities are run by Thayer faculty, staff, and students and the workshop is held on the Dartmouth campus.

Tech Accelerator @ Dartmouth

Tech Accelerator @ Dartmouth is designed to help juniors and seniors in high school explore careers in the technology industry. Tech Accelerator is a two-week immersive experience in coding, engineering, design thinking, and business essentials designed to give students the awareness, knowledge, and confidence to explore careers in the tech sector. Participants will collaborate with faculty and students from the Thayer School of Engineering, the Department of Computer Science at Dartmouth, and the Tuck School of Business. This unique program is designed to bring faculty from these three areas together to model the intersection between technology and business.

Design it! Build it!

Participants will spend two weeks collaborating with faculty and staff from Thayer School of Engineering at Dartmouth to design, build, and test engineering prototypes.

The workshop is for high school students entering grades 11 & 12 who want to:

  • be creative
  • solve problems through design solutions
  • use advanced tools for design (SolidWorks) and machining (such as laser-cutting and 3D printing)
  • build stuff and make new things

Week one will focus on problem-solving, design thinking, and spatial reasoning.

Week two will focus on selecting, designing and building an engineering prototype.


July 5–July 16, 2016
Activities start in the late afternoon on opening day.


Thayer School of Engineering at Dartmouth

Day Program

Price: $750  |  Capacity: 10

Includes participation in all scheduled activities as well as prototyping supplies, teaching assistant support, lunch and snacks. Day students will not sleep on campus, and breakfast and dinner are not included. Core workshop activities take place between 9am – 5pm. 

Residential Program

Price: $2,000  |  Capacity: 30

Includes overnight, supervised accommodations, all meals and snacks, plus extracurricular activities for evenings and the weekend. 


Space is limited and fills quickly. Apply early!

Sneak Peek

Vids and pics from previous years

Application Guidelines


High school students entering grades 11 or 12 in the Fall of the year who are interested in a creative and collaborative engineering experience.


First-come, first-serve with preference given to students who have not previously attended. Additional applications will be placed on a wait list.


Partial need-based scholarships are available.
Scholarship Application (PDF)


Payment is due by April 1.
Day Program: $750
Residential Program: $2,000