Outreach Programs

Summer Youth Programs

Michigan Tech’s Summer Youth Programs (SYP) is not your ordinary summer camp! SYP offers over 50 different career and adventure explorations for grades 6-11. Learn new software, rappel down a cliff, fly an airplane, cast molten metal, build a robot, produce a film, or backpack on an island...the opportunities are endless! It’s also a great chance to experience college life at Michigan Tech. Stay on campus, or commute.

SYP offers more than 20 different engineering, science, technology, and computing explorations. Learn about the Engineering Scholars Program, Women in Engineering, and the National Summer Transportation Institute. Check out the full menu or apply for an SYP Scholarship.

Program Highlights

SYP offers three competitive scholarship programs for high school freshmen, sophomores, and juniors: Accepted students receive a scholarship valued at over $1,000, covering tuition, room and board, and supplies.

1) Engineering Scholars Program and 2) Women in Engineering are both weeklong investigations of engineering and science for traditionally underrepresented students. Explore engineering careers in areas such as mechanical, computer, environmental, electrical, chemical, biomedical, civil, geological, materials, and related disciplines. Get the inside scoop from industry role models and interact with a diverse group of peers from all over the country and world.

3) National Summer Transportation Institute is a two-week residential program that allows students to explore today's top transportation industries. Learn about planes, trains, ships, and automobiles through cool hands-on activities and group projects, and study local and regional hotspots.

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Additional On Campus Opportunities

Design Expo

All are welcome at the Design Expo, a showcase of education-in-action at Michigan Tech. Student teams from Michigan Tech Enterprise and Senior Design programs present their projects and compete for awards. Discovery-based learning, interdisciplinary teamwork, design and innovation, leadership and entrepreneurship, research, working with industry—all are evident in the 100+ projects on display. A panel of judges comprised of University faculty members and corporate representatives critique the projects. The event is open to the public.

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Middle school girls spend the day exploring the excitement of science and engineering fields each February during the annual Get WISE (Women in Science and Engineering) day at Michigan Tech. The event, coordinated by the Youth Programs office, brings more than 250 sixth, seventh, and eighth graders from 15 local schools to campus for a day of hands-on activities, talks with female role models, and more. Interested in learning more about Get WISE day? Contact Cody Kangas (ckangas@mtu.edu).

Engineering Olympics

High school students from across Michigan's Upper Peninsula compete for medals each May at the Engineering Olympics, an all-day event on the Michigan Tech campus, sponsored by the Department of Engineering Fundamentals. Drop by and see students grapple with engineering challenges including making mouse-trap-powered vehicles, toothpick bridges, and water balloon launchers. Some teams tackle a secret problem that won't be revealed until the start of the competition as part of an hour-long "Engineer-Here" event. Engineering Olympics, now in its 20th year, is open to the public.

Want to get your school involved? For more information visit 2015 Engineering Olympics Announcement

Open House and Preview Day

If you are thinking about attending Michigan Tech as an undergraduate, don’t miss these two campus-wide events hosted by Michigan Tech’s Admissions Office. Both events include the opportunity for interested students and families to take special/expanded tours of all eight engineering departments, and meet engineering faculty and current students.

Open House takes place the first weekend in October each year. All are welcome. Come check out majors and life at Michigan Tech during the Tech Showcase. Interact with faculty and students. Learn about admissions, scholarships, and residence life. Tour the campus. Have brunch in the residence halls. Visit our world-class labs. See exhibits and demonstrations, and more. To register for Open House, click here.

Preview Day takes place the last weekend in March each year. It is designed specifically for accepted students and their families. Choosing the right college for you is important. What opportunities are you looking for—what lies ahead? Enjoy information sessions, meet and talk with faculty, staff and current students, explore campus, and much more.

MiCUP - Michigan College/University Partnership Program

MiCUP is a seven-week summer program at Michigan Tech for community college students who want to pursue a bachelor's degree. Live on campus and complete an internship with a faculty member and graduate students. Enroll in a university-level course. The program includes academic tutoring and comprehensive advising. Participating colleges include: Delta College, Grand Rapids Community College, Wayne County Community College Districts, and Keweenaw Bay Community College.

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Additional Off Campus Opportunities

Western UP Center for Math, Science, and Environmental Education

The Western UP Center, a partnership of Copper Country Intermediate School District, Gogebic-Ontonagon Intermediate School District, and Michigan Tech, offers a wide variety of award-winning student and community programs. Need more info? Contact Joan Chadde (jchadde@mtu.edu).

Mind Trekkers Road Show

Michigan Tech’s Mind Trekkers traveling road show reveals the science behind the mystery! Hands-on activities allow young and old to experience STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) fields in new and exciting ways. Can you walk on water? Make ice cream in 60 seconds? Let Mind Trekkers be your guide. Check out the schedule to see when Mind Trekkers will be in your area.

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