Lyle Engineering Camp at SMU

The Lyle School of Engineering at SMU offers summer camp programs for students in 7th through 12th grades.  These summer camps are authentically Lyle, as the facilities, staff, and curriculum are all unique to the Lyle School of Engineering.  Camps provide a creative environment for students to learn the fundamentals of engineering through hands-on, interactive team projects.  

Each summer we provide two sessions of 11th & 12th grade summer camp (one session for females and one session for males),  two co-ed sessions for 9th & 10th grade summer camp, and two co-ed sessions for 7th & 8th grade summer camp. 

Summer Camp for 11th & 12th Grade Students:

This camp is designed for rising juniors and seniors in high school to explore the four main disciplines of engineering offered at the Lyle School of Engineering: electrical, mechanical, computer science, and civil and environmental engineering.  There are two sessions of this camp, one session for twenty females and one session for twenty males.  Camp is 5 days and 4 nights in residence halls on SMU’s main campus.  The first two days are spent “skill building."  Skill building allows students to learn basic theories and fundamentals of electrical engineering, mechanical engineering, and computer programming.  After all students have completed the rotation, they are split into 3-4 groups to work on a design challenge, where they design and build a prototype that seeks to solve a real-world problem using their newly acquired knowledge.  On the final day, the students present their projects to an audience of parents, friends, and Lyle faculty and staff. 

The students spend the majority of their time in the Deason Innovation Gym, the Lyle School’s makers’ space that is a combination of a design studio, a machine shop, and a garage.  The 1200 square feet of space houses 3D printers, a laser cuter, vinyl cuter, power tools, and white boards.  The Deason Innovation Gym is dedicated to turning ideas into reality and hosts extracurricular projects, in addition to the Immersion Design Experience (IDE) program, which the 11th & 12th grade SMU Lyle Engineering Summer Camp is designed after.  The students take an SMU campus tour, as well as a tour of the Lyle School of Engineering labs. 

Interested students should complete an application that includes an online form, statement of interest, and letter of recommendation.  Details regarding the application process can be found on the Apply to 11th-12th Grade Summer Camp page. 

2015 student quotes:

“I really enjoyed getting to learn Python and combining both mechanical and electrical engineering.”

“My favorite part of camp was working with a group to achieve a tangible product.”

“I fell like this camp accomplished what it was created to do within an extremely limited amount of time…. My favorite part of camp was getting an overall college experience.” 

The application process for Lyle Engineering Summer Camp at SMU for rising 11th & 12th grade students will open Tuesday, March 1, 2016 at 9 a.m. CST. Thank you. 

Summer Camp for 7th through 10th Grade Students:

The registration process for this camp opened Monday, March 2, 2015 at 9 a.m.  The registration process will remain open until Friday, May 1st at 5 p.m. CST or until spots are filled. 

This day program is designed for girls and boys entering 7th through 10th grades in Fall 2015.  Students will explore disciplines of engineering offered at the Lyle School of Engineering: electrical, mechanical, civil and environmental engineering through hands-on, interactive projects. 

This camp is for students who have an interest in engineering, but not an expertise.  By the end of camp, the students will have a solid foundation on which to build upon and encourage them to engage more actively in their math and science classes upon their return to school. 

Eligibility: Camp is open to all girls and boys who will be entering the 7th, 8th, 9th, or 10th grades in Fall 2015.

 *Please note that the same material will be presented at both sessions per grade level. 

Cost: $200 (includes lunch and snacks)

9th & 10th Graders

Session 1: July 6th - 7th (2 day co-ed camp)  9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Session 2:  July 9th - 10th (2 day co-ed camp) 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The registration for Lyle Engineering Summer Camp at SMU for rising 9th & 10th grade students is now full and we are no longer accepting requests for the waiting list. Thank you.

7th & 8th Graders

Session 1: July 13th - 14th (2 day co-ed camp) 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Session 2:  July 16th - 17th (2 day co-ed camp) 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The registration for Lyle Engineering Summer Camp at SMU for rising 7th & 8th grade students is now full and we are no longer accepting requests for the waiting list. Thank you.


The Lyle School of Engineering also hosts a Crime Scene Investigation Summer Camp for rising 6th and 7th grade students.  Learn more here

Questions? Email us at lylesummerprograms@smu.edu or call us at 214-768-2070.