High School Student Engineering Programs

Residential Engineering Program for 11th and 12th Grade Students

The application process for this camp is now closed.

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, civil and environmental engineering, as well as computer science. There are two sessions of this camp, one session for 20 females and one session for 20 males. Camp is five days and four 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 three to four 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, students present their projects to an audience of parents, friends, and Lyle faculty and staff.

Participants 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 1,200 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), which the 11th and 12th grade SMU Lyle Engineering Summer Camp is designed after. Students will take an SMU campus tour, as well as a tour of the Lyle School of Engineering labs.

Tuition: $1075, includes supplies, room and board for five days and four nights. The session begins Monday at 8:30 a.m. and concludes with a parent presentation from 3 p.m. to 4 p.m. on Friday.

Application: The camp is open to all female and male students who will be entering the 11th and 12th grades in Fall 2016. Student participants must have also completed or plan to complete Algebra II in 11th grade, in addition to completing at least one science lab-based course prior to the beginning of camp. The application includes an online form, statement of interest, and letter of recommendation. All components must be submitted by the deadline in order to be considered.  The application process closed Friday, April 22, 2016.

Session 1: June 13 - June 17 (11th and 12th grade girls; five days and four nights on SMU's Dallas campus)

Session 2: June 20 - June 24 (11th and 12th grade boys; five days and four nights on SMU's Dallas campus)

If you have questions or would like more information, email lylesummerprograms@smu.edu or call 214-768-4262.


Advanced Robotics (FIRST Tech Challenge) Program for High School Students

The registration process for this camp opened Tuesday, March 1, 2016 at 9 a.m. CST and is currently full.  We are accepting applications for the waiting list.  Please complete the form under "Registration."  Thank you.

The Advanced Robotics (FIRST Tech Challenge) Program is for rising high school students in grades 9th through 12th. During this week-long, full-day camp participants will work in pairs and learn how to build a TETRIX robot, a more complex and robust robot than LEGO robots. They will also learn to program their robot, both autonomously and with remote controls, and use their knowledge to complete different tasks and challenges with the robots. This camp will teach the basics of TETRIX building and programming for students planning to compete in UIL sanctioned robotics competitions. This camp also fulfills requirements for the Robotics Boy Scout Merit Badge and the Robotics Girl Scout Badge.

Tuition: $550, includes supplies, lunch, and snacks.

Registration: The camp will be open to all female and male students who will be entering the 9th, 10th, 11th, and 12th grades in Fall 2016. Registration for Advanced Robotics (FIRST Tech Challenge) Program for High School Students is now full.  We are currently accepting applications for the waiting list. Apply for Wait List Here!

Dates: June 27 - July 1 (9th - 12th grade co-ed; five days; 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on SMU's Dallas campus)

If you have questions or would like more information, email lylesummerprograms@smu.edu or call 214-768-4262.


Quad-Copter Program for High School Students

The registration process for this camp opened Tuesday, March 1, 2016 at 9 a.m. CST and will remain open until Friday, April 29, 2016 at 5 p.m. CST or until spots are filled.

Quad-Copters are four rotor Radio Controlled flying vehicles that have recently gained popularity. This two-week, full-day camp is an introduction to Quad-Copters, how they work, how they can be used, and how to enhance their designs. Campers will learn how to safely fly quad-copters, as well as work in groups to compete in engineering challenges. They will fly simple quads, medium size quads and large quads that can lift as much as a kilogram payload. They will design components for their quad copter using CAD software and 3D Printers. They will learn the physics of flight and how sensors allow for controlled flight even outdoors.

Tuition: $750, includes supplies, lunch, and snacks.

Registration: The camp will be open to all female and male students who will be entering the 9th, 10th, 11th, and 12th grades in Fall 2016. The registration process requires the completion of an online form and a non-refundable deposit. Both components must be completed in order to be fully registered. Register Here!

Dates: July 11 - July 22 (9th - 12th grade co-ed; 10 days; 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on SMU's Dallas campus)

If you have questions or would like more information, email lylesummerprograms@smu.edu or call 214-768-4262.


Space Launch Program for High School Students

The registration process for this camp opened Tuesday, March 1, 2016 at 9 a.m. CST and will remain open until Friday, April 29, 2016 at 5 p.m. CST or until spots are filled.

The Space Launch Program is for rising high school students in grades 9th through 12th. During this two week, full-day camp students will learn about the basics of space flight using a launch simulator, various rockets, and a weather balloon. Participants will learn how to design, build, and fly a model rocket they build from scratch. Participants will learn about the physics of rocket flight with the aid of the Kerbal Space Program, a rocket launch simulation software program. They will then send a weather balloon up to 30,000 feet and monitor the temperature and pressure of the atmosphere as the balloon rises. Then, using GPS, students will hopefully find and retrieve the capsule. They will also use a 3D printer, CAD, a GoPro Camera, and program sensors.

Tuition: $750, includes supplies, lunch, and snacks.

Registration: The camp will be open to all female and male students who will be entering the 9th, 10th, 11th, and 12th grades in Fall 2016. The registration process requires the completion of an online form and a non-refundable deposit. Both components must be completed in order to be fully registered. Register Here!

Dates: July 25 - August 5 (9th - 12th Grade co-ed; 10 days; 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on SMU's Dallas campus)

If you have questions or would like more information, email lylesummerprograms@smu.edu or call 214-768-4262.