Summer Engineering Experiences for High Schoolers

Learn new skills, lead hands-on experiments, and discover your engineering passion in Summer Engineering Experiences with the Opus College of Engineering at Marquette University. Each Summer Engineering Experience is designed to ignite curiosity and critical thinking in participating high school students. These sessions also allow high school students to explore Marquette’s engineering spaces alongside current faculty, staff and students!

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Summer Engineering Experiences at Marquette are non-residential, half-day programs hosted on Marquette's campus. Families are responsible for their own transportation to and from campus each day.

 

2023 Summer Engineering Experiences

Find our completed 2023 Summer Engineering Experiences below.


student testing materials
Amazing Engineering Materials: Introduction to Materials

July 24 to July 27 | 9:00a.m. to 12:30p.m. | $150 | 10 students total

What’s the difference between the metal your dentist puts in your mouth and the metal your city uses to build a bridge? How about the 150,000+ other engineering materials at our disposal? In this Experience, participants will discover the types and functions of various engineering materials and discuss how they are used in our daily life. Join us for hands-on laboratory activities to test materials using state-of-the-art technology!

This program is a good fit for any high schooler interested in engineering, and has the closest connections to civil engineering, construction engineering, biomedical engineering and mechanical engineering.

Registration is closed.


students collaborating on laptop
Code for Climate
July 24 to July 28 | 9:00a.m. to 12:30p.m. | $150 | 10 students total

Interested in learning to code? Curious about our local air quality? Participants in Code for Climate will gain hands-on experience with programming basics and will write their own code to analyze data using Python. After five days, students will have written a program to explore, analyze and visualize Milwaukee air quality data!

This program is a good fit for any high schooler interested in engineering, especially those interested in learning to code. Personal laptops are recommend for students participating in this experience. If you do not have a laptop, the College of Engineering will provide you with access to one during the duration of your experience.

Registration is closed.


modified children's car from Go Baby Go! Milwaukee
Adaptive Car Build Week with Go Baby Go! Milwaukee 
July 24 to July 28 | 9:00a.m. to 12:30p.m. | $150 | 15 students total

Ready to use your skills to Be The Difference for children in our community? Join the engineers behind Go Baby Go! Milwaukee to help modify ride-on cars for children who experience limited mobility. Participants will learn the principles, tools and skills behind electrical modifications, then put them into practice on real Go Baby Go! cars that will be given to local families. In addition to working alongside Marquette engineers, participants will hear from Physical and Occupational Therapists from Children's Wisconsin.

This program is a good fit for any high schooler interested in engineering, and has the closest connections to biomedical engineering, electrical engineering and mechanical engineering.

Registration is closed.


fork lift used in lab to move materials
Mechanics of Materials and Materials Testing Institute

July 31 to August 1 | 9:00a.m. to 12:30p.m. | $150 | 10 students total

Students will engage in introductory mechanics mathematics that will help them explore the moment of inertia, simple beam theory and the elasticity of a material. After this introduction, students will participate in testing wood and steel, use Microsoft Excel to plot the data collected, and gain an understanding of how to interpret that data. Students will also mix and test their own concrete in the lab!

This program is a good fit for any high schooler interested in engineering, and has the closest connections to civil engineering, construction engineering and mechanical engineering. Personal laptops are recommend for students participating in this experience. If you do not have a laptop, the College of Engineering will provide you with access to one during the duration of your experience.

Registration is closed.


student using water testing equipment
Water, Water, Everywhere

August 1 to August 4 | 9:00a.m. to 12:30p.m. | $150 | 16 students total

Passionate about the environment? Curious about clean water? Join Water, Water, Everywhere to learn about water resources, water quality, water quantity, water treatment and cleaning, the future of water (including risks and opportunities), and how scientists and engineers build a whole career around water. In this hands-on learning experience, you will meet world-class water researchers, conduct lab tests, go to field sites, and tour a water treatment facility!

This program is a good fit for any high schooler interested in engineering, and has the closest connections to civil engineering and environmental engineering.

Registration is closed.