Youth Programs & Camps

The Caruth Institute for Engineering Education currently sponsors a variety of outreach opportunities related to STEM programs, with an emphasis on engineering for middle and high school students. These include Summer Camps, the Dallas Regional Science and Engineering Fair (DRSEF), TEDxKids@SMU, and STEM Websites.

Engineering Summer Camps

We offer summer camp programs for students in 6th through 12th grades. These summer camps are authentically Lyle, as the facilities, staff, and curriculum are all unique to the Lyle School of Engineering.

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Dallas Regional Science and Engineering Fair

The Dallas Regional Science and Engineering Fair (DRSEF) is a non-profit organization that holds an annual science fair for 6th - 12th grade students at public, charter, private and home schools in Texas Education Agency Region 10. DRSEF is affiliated with the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair.

DRSEF Website


TEDxKids@SMU was the first ever TED style conference for kids in the country. Middle school students in 6th, 7th and 8th grades from across North Texas come together to engage with big ideas and great conversations.

TEDxKids@SMU Website

Kids Ahead

The Kids Ahead program is an initiative to increase the number of kids with science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) competencies and interests. Our program is designed to inspire young people to learn about STEM through innovative interactions in the physical and virtual worlds.

Kids Ahead Website

STEM Works

The STEM-Works program supports STEM professionals, club leaders, parents and teachers that are working in their local communities to increase science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) skills in our nation.

By providing these volunteers access to quality material on exciting subjects like Robotics, Wind Energy and Forensics, we hope they will help young people gain confidence and interests in STEM fields. 

STEM-Works Website

Other Camps

The Hamon Engineering Camps are for local, underrepresented middle and high school students. We work with our partner schools to fill these camps.

For more information please contact us at

This camp is a week-long science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) hands-on residential summer camp that helps students explore the practical applications of STEM endeavors and exposes students to exciting career options that involve high-tech skills. This camp is funded by the Texas Workforce Commission and is for the top senior division winners of the Texas Science and Engineering Fair. 

If you were offered this opportunity and you have questions, please contact us at