Middle School Student Engineering Programs

Mindstorms Robotics Program for Middle School Students

The registration process for this camp opened Tuesday, March 1, 2016 at 9 a.m. CST and is currently full.  We are no longer accepting applications for the waiting list.  Thank you.

The Mindstorms Robotics Program is a two week, half-day camp for rising middle school students in grades 6th, 7th, and 8th. This camp is an introduction to robotics using the LEGO Mindstorms EV3 System. Students will work in pairs to learn the basics of building a LEGO Robot and programming using the EV3 software. Pairs will work on different tasks and challenges for a showcase at the end of the session. The participants will learn the basic foundation of robotics and EV3 building and programming for students. This camp fulfills requirements for the Robotics Boy Scout Merit Badge.

Students who already possess a basic knowledge of EV3 building and programming are encouraged to register for our Competitive FLL Program.

Tuition: $350, includes supplies and snacks. Please note that lunch will be served from noon to 1:00 p.m. at no additional cost only to those who register for both Mindstorms Robotics Program and Introduction to Programming for Middle School Students. 

Registration: The camp will be open to all female and male students who will be entering the 6th, 7th, and 8th grades in Fall 2016. Registration for Mindstorms Robotics Program for Middle School Student is now full. We are no longer accepting applications for the waiting list.  

Dates: June 13 - June 24 (6th, 7th, and 8th grade co-ed; ten half-days; 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. on SMU's Dallas campus)  View photos from this program here!

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


Introduction to Programming for Middle School Students

The registration process for this camp opened Tuesday, March 1, 2016 at 9 a.m. CST and is currently full.  We are no longer accepting applications for the waiting list.  Thank you.

Introduction to Programming is a two week, half-day camp for rising middle school students in grades 6th, 7th, and 8th. During this camp, students will learn the basics of programming a simple device. Participants will learn simple linear programs to more complex function programming with loops and conditional statements. Students will make a number of electronic devices and program them.

Tuition: $350, includes supplies and snacks. Please note that lunch will be served from noon to 1:00 p.m. at no additional cost only to those who register for both Mindstorms Robotics Program and Introduction to Programming for Middle School Students. 

Registration: The camp will be open to all female and male students who will be entering the 6th, 7th, and 8th grades in Fall 2016. Registration for Introduction to Programming for Middle School Student is now full. We are no longer accepting applications for the waiting list.  

Dates: June 13 - June 24 (6th, 7th, and 8th grade co-ed; ten half-days; 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. on SMU's Dallas campusView photos from this program here!

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


Crime Scene Investigation for 6th and 7th Grade Students

The registration process for this camp opened Tuesday, March 1, 2016 at 9 a.m. CST and is currently full.  We are no longer accepting applications for the waiting list.  Thank you.

The Crime Scene Investigation Summer Program is comprised of three, full-day camps for rising middle school students in grades 6th and 7th. Students will have the opportunity to explore the science, technology, engineering, and mathematics behind identification and crime solving. This camp will consist of a crime scene, hands-on activities to help solve the crime, and presentations by professionals within this field.

Tuition: $250, includes supplies, lunch, and snacks.

Registration: The camp will be open to all female and male students who will be entering the 6th and 7th grades in Fall 2016. Registration for Crime Scene Investigation for 6th and 7th Grade Student is now full. We are no longer accepting applications for the waiting list.  

Dates: June 27 - June 29 (6th and 7th grade co-ed; three full-days; 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on SMU's Dallas campusView photos from this program here!

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


Rocketry Program for Middle School Students

The registration process for this camp opened Tuesday, March 1, 2016 at 9 a.m. CST and is currently full.  We are no longer accepting applications for the waiting list.  Thank you.

The Rocketry Program is a two week, half-day camp for rising middle school students in grades 6th, 7th, and 8th. Participants will learn how to design, build, and fly a model rocket they build from scratch. Students will be building a variety of rockets starting with a match rocket to a water bottle rocket to a solid fuel model rocket. Participants will learn about the physics of rocket flight with the aid of the Kerbal Space Program, a rocket launch simulation software program.

Tuition: $350, includes supplies and snacks. Please note that lunch will be served from noon to 1:00 p.m. at no additional cost only to those who register for both the Rocketry Program and Quad-Copter for Middle School Students. 

Registration: The camp will be open to all female and male students who will be entering the 6th, 7th, and 8th grades in Fall 2016. Registration for Rocketry Program for Middle School Student is now full. We are no longer accepting applications for the waiting list.  

Dates: July 18 - July 29 (6th, 7th, and 8th grade co-ed; ten half-days; 9 a.m. to 12 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 Middle School Students

The registration process for this camp opened Tuesday, March 1, 2016 at 9 a.m. CST and is currently full. We are no longer accepting applications for the waiting list.  Thank you.

Quad-Copters are four rotor radio controlled flying vehicles, that have recently gained popularity and are poised to be used in a number of commercial applications in the near future. Amazon is preparing to deliver packages with quads. Ranchers and farmers will be using them for finding their cattle or monitoring their crops. Realtors and movie makers are using them for interesting pictures and clips. This two-week, half-day camp is an introduction to Quad-Copters, how they work, and how they can be used. Campers will learn how to safely fly quad-copters, and maneuver them through a series of mazes. They will also be able to take home the quad copter that they use during the camp. Campers will learn about the physics of flight, and the technology behind these small but powerful tools.

Tuition: $350, includes supplies and snacks. Please note that lunch will be served from noon to 1:00 p.m. at no additional cost only to those who register for both Rocketry Program and Quad-Copter for Middle School Students. 

Registration: The camp will be open to all female and male students who will be entering the 6th, 7th, and 8th grades in Fall 2016. Registration for Quad-Copter Program for Middle School Student is now full. We are no longer accepting applications for the waiting list.  

Dates: July 18 - July 29 (6th, 7th, and 8th grade co-ed; ten half-days; 1 p.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.


Competitive Robotics FIRST LEGO League Program for Middle School Students

The registration process for this camp opened Tuesday, March 1, 2016 at 9 a.m. CST and is currently full and we are no longer accepting applications for the waiting list.  Thank you.

The Competitive Robotics FIRST LEGO League Program is for rising middle school students in grades 6th through 8th. This week-long, full-day camp is an introduction to robotics using the LEGO Mindstorms EV3 System (for more information on the competition please see the FIRST website. This program is intended to prepare students to successfully compete in the FIRST LEGO League Competition in the Fall 2016 season. North Texas has eight tournaments with over 200 team participating in FIRST LEGO League. Students will explore both the Robot Game and Project aspects of the newly released 2016-2017 FLL challenge. Participants will be able to build and program a robot to do tasks on the new field and get a feel for what being on a FLL team is like, providing a head start for the upcoming season. This camp fulfills requirements for the Robotics Boy Scout Merit Badge and Girl Scout Robotics Merit Badge.

Tuition: $350, includes supplies, lunch, and snacks.

Registration: The camp will be open to all female and male students who will be entering the 6th, 7th, and 8th grades in Fall 2016. Registration for Competitive Robotics FIRST LEGO League Program for Middle School Student is now full and we are no longer accepting applications for the waiting list.

Dates: August 1 - August 5 (6th, 7th, and 8th grade co-ed; five full-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.