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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!

During the first week of the program students will begin to develop engineering skills such as engineering problem-solving, design thinking, and spatial reasoning through a series of small-scale projects. During the second week of the workshop students will focus on designing and building a larger-scale 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 7–July 18, 2014

  • Residential Program: Arrive Monday, July 7th with activities starting in the afternoon.
  • Day Program: This is primarily a residential program but a few students will be admitted as day students. The day program will be held from 9am to 4pm, Monday–Friday.

Schedule: 2014 workshop schedule (PDF)

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

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.

2013 Workshop

See the schedule from the 2013 workshop:

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: