High School Student Engineering Programs

Residential Engineering Program for 11th and 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, 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.

                                                                      Girl's Residential Pictures (June 12-16, 2017)

                                                                      Boy's Residential Pictures (June 19-23, 2017)

                                                                      Boy's Residential Pictures (June 26-30, 2017)

                                                                      Girl's Residential Pictures (July 17-21, 2017)


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

The Advanced Robotics (FIRST Tech Challenge) Program is for rising high school students in grades 9th through 12th. During this week-long camp participants will work in pairs and learn how to build a competitive 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 provide the basics of robot building and programming for students planning to compete in UIL sanctioned robotics competitions. Participants will learn basic physics concepts of work, energy, power, force and velocity. This camp also fulfills requirements for the Robotics Boy Scout Merit Badge and the Robotics Girl Scout Badge.


                                                                       Advanced Robotics Pictures (June 26-30, 2017)

                                                                       Advanced Robotics Pictures (July 24-28, 2017)



Quad-Copter Program for High School Students

Quad-Copters are four rotor Radio Controlled flying vehicles that have recently gained popularity. This two-week camp is an introduction to Quad-Copters, how they work, how they can be used, and how to enhance their designs. Participants 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.


                                                                                      Quad-Copter Pictures



Space Launch Program for High School Students

The Space Launch Program is for rising high school students in grades 9th through 12th. During this two week 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 60,000 feet and monitor the temperature and pressure of the atmosphere as the balloon rises. Then using GPS sensor and Google Earth they will hopefully find and retrieve the capsule. During the camp they will use a 3D printer, design using CAD, learn to use a GoPro Camera and program sensors.


                                                                                       Space Launch Pictures