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Summer Engineering Workshop Overview

Students in the 2013 Summer Engineering Workshop go through a Design Thinking exercise led by Professor Peter Robbie.
Students in the 2013 Summer Engineering Workshop go through a Design Thinking exercise led by Professor Peter Robbie.

High school students will work collaboratively with Dartmouth faculty, staff, and students to design, build, and test engineering prototypes. Hands-on activities throughout the workshop will help them explore and understand engineering. The workshop is designed for students to:

  • Experience the creativity of engineering and the many interdisciplinary opportunities it offers,
  • Develop engineering skills, including problem-solving and design skills,
  • Use computer-aided software for design (SolidWorks) and machining (such as laser-cutting and 3D printing)
  • Have fun!

The first week of the program will focus on the development of engineering skills such as engineering problem-solving, design thinking, and spatial reasoning. During the second week of the workshop students will focus on designing and building an engineering prototype of their choice.

A student works on his project in the Computer-Aided Design Lab.A student works on his project in the Computer-Aided Design Lab.

Dates: July 12–July 25, 2015

  • Activities will begin in the late afternoon of Sunday, July 12, 2015. A final exhibition and celebration will be held in the morning on Saturday, July 25, 2015.

Cost: The day program cost is $750, which includes all prototyping supplies, teaching assistant support, lunch, and snacks. The residential program costs an additional $1000 and includes overnight, supervised accommodations, all meals and snacks, plus extracurricular activities in the evenings and on the weekend.

Students opting for the day program may participate in all scheduled activities but will not stay on campus, and breakfast and dinner are not included. Day program students are invited to the late after noon activities on Sunday, July 12, 2015; with most additional activities scheduled between 9am and 5pm.

Location: This workshop will take place at Thayer School of Engineering at Dartmouth. Get directions.

Application Deadline: Applications are due on March 20, 2015.

Photos and Videos Archive

See photos from the 2013 workshop:

Summer Engineering Workshop

See more photos in Thayer School's Flickr gallery.

Watch videos of the 2013 workshop:

Part one of this video series features event coordinator Professor Vicki May, whose passion is engineering education and K-12 outreach:

Hear from machine shop design fellow and event teaching assistant Annie Saunders in part two of the series:

Hear from the kids as they discuss what engineering means to them in part three of the series: