Engineering Design Workshop
at Dartmouth College

Summer learning experience for high school students entering grades 11 and 12 who have a passion for engineering.

Workshop overview.

Learn more about the details and structure of this two-week Summer workshop.

Design it! Build it!

High school students accepted into the two-week workshop will collaborate with expert faculty and staff from Thayer School of Engineering at Dartmouth to design, build, and test engineering prototypes.

The workshop is designed for high school students excited by the opportunity 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 building and making things.

The first week of the workshop 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.


July 5–July 16, 2016


The workshop is hosted on the Thayer School of Engineering campus.

Day Program - $750

The day program includes all prototyping supplies, teaching assistant support, lunch, and snacks. 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. Core workshop activities are scheduled between 9am and 5pm.

Residential Program - $2,000

The residential program includes overnight, supervised accommodations, all meals and snacks, plus extracurricular activities in the evenings and on the weekend. Students are asked to arrive Tuesday, July 5th with activities starting in the late afternoon.


This is a popular workshop and space is limited. Applications are accepted on a first-come, first-serve basis. You are encouraged to submit your application early.

Experience the workshop.

Watch videos and view photos showcasing the student experience from previous years.

Application process.

Submitted applications are accepted based on the following guidelines;


High school students entering grades 11 or 12 in the Fall of the year who are interested in engineering, working collaboratively, and being creative are invited to apply today.


We are looking for a diverse group of students interested in gaining a better understanding of engineering in general and engineering at Thayer in particular.


The workshop will be filled with eligible students on a first-come, first-serve basis. Preference will be given to students who have not previously attended.


There are 30 spaces available in the workshop for residential students and 10 spaces available for day students. Once spaces are full, applications are placed on a waitlist.


Partial need-based scholarships are available; please download the Scholarship Application (PDF) for instructions and complete scholarship eligibility details.


Workshop payment is due by April.

Day Program / 2 weeks

Residential Program / 2 weeks