SYP 2018 Dates Announced

The Summer Youth Programs staff is excited to announce that we have sketched out our calendar for 2018. SYP exploration dates for specific classes/explorations are not yet set, but you can use the dates below to start thinking about what your summer 2018 will look like.

Summer Youth Programs week 1: June 17-23, 2018
Summer Youth Programs week 2: June 24-30, 2018
Summer Youth Programs week 3: July 8-14, 2018
Summer Youth Programs week 4: July 15-21, 2018
Engineering Scholars Program/Women in Computer Science: July 22-28, 2018
Women in Engineering: July 29-August 4, 2018
(Yes, we are bringing back 4 weeks of Summer Youth Programs courses!)

We will announce the specific dates for programs like Rail & Intermodal Transportation, National Summer Transportation Institute, Women in Automotive Engineering, and other specific courses a little later this fall.

We are excited about 2018 and are busily working on new offerings for you!

Please check back for more information soon!


Thank You Letters

We received many thank you letters from our Summer Youth Program students who joined us over the summer. Here are a few of the highlights:

I came into this program looking for a final answer as to if I should pursue engineering or not. The engineering program at my school is awful, so I came here to get an idea of what real engineers do. And I fell in love. Look, without this program I’m sure I would have never considered engineering as a career. Now, I’m making plans to study electrical engineering. With how few women are in that field, meeting all these girls with similar interests was incredible, enlightening and inspiring. I wouldn’t have been able to experience that without you. So, thank you. Thank you for everything you’ve done for me, and for my future.

Rebecca, WIE Participant from Pewaukee, WI


This week was an amazing opportunity that has opened my eyes. I came to Michigan Tech expecting a giant room filled with students and a teacher waving a stick at a board but I ended up receiving a one-on-one learning experience with high quality equipment. The earning environment was competitive, fun and educational, with wonderful mentors. It was nothing I expected, even the people. I went to Michigan Tech, a college in the U.P., 10 hours away from home, and never felt uncomfortable or home sick. Everyone was welcoming and understanding. I even made a new friend, Elizabeth. This was a new experience that I could have never been on if it wasn’t for my sponsor.

Nuha, DHDC Participant from Dearborn, MI


When I received my acceptance letter I was so ecstatic that I would get to participate in this amazing course. The discipline of engineering that stuck out to me the most was biomedical engineering. Without your help, I would have never been able to find my passion for this career path. The explorations during the day were so engaging that I didn’t want to leave the classroom! During this course we made slime, gliders, and prosthetic legs, did egg drops, built bridges, and toured many labs. Thank you so much for sponsoring me!

Mackenzie, JWIE Participant from Norway, MI


I was so glad that I took this program, I learned so many things about the different types of engineering. My favorite types of engineering from this week was chemical, biomedical, and geological. This week I learned how to make a prosthetic leg out of shoelaces, a plunger and a sponge. I also made a trinket witch was made from molten tin that we got to put in ourselves. The teachers this program changed my perspective on engineering. They taught me how to see things in a different way, collaborate and always ask questions. This program has changed my life for the better.

Bobbi-Jo, JWIE Participant from Parkland, FL


This week I have been combining E.coli bacteria cells with DNA. We’ve been putting our germs in different temperatures and mixing them with different things. I’ve learned so much more about all of the machines used in the medical field and how hard the process of getting them approved is. I also have learned how long new medicines take to make. We are so fortunate to have people that work hard everyday and never give up, just so others can live better lives. This has helped me see a whole new side of the medical field and I’m extremely thankful for this opportunity. I came here nervous, not knowing anyone, but this helped me push myself out of my comfort zone. I know the relationships I made will last a lifetime.

Rainy, SYP Participant from Waupaca, WI


This program truly had a profound impact on me. I found what I am passionate about while making some amazing memories along the way. I want to study computer science with the hopes of becoming a systems database engineer. I have always had an interest in engineering, but I have never had an opportunity to pursue it more. This program gave me that experience, and it changed my life. I have found inspiration and motivation for my future. It has empowered me as a woman in engineering. I will always remember this camp as a stepping stone to my future life and career. It has given me the tools I need to succeed in my goals in life.

Kathryn, WIE Participant from Ovid, MI