Summer Youth Programs Adds Coding, Design Classes

By Jennifer Donovan | Published

Michigan Technological University's Summer Youth Programs (SYP) has announced its 2017 summer courses for middle and high school students, including several new explorations such as Coding for the Internet of Things, the World of Design, Global Discovery 101 and Computing Elements.  

SYP includes pre-college explorations and competitive scholarship programs featuring hands-on activities, field trips and team projects in the STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) fields, as well as business, social sciences and outdoor adventures. The 2017 programs will include 40 explorations and seven competitive scholarship programs from students completing grades 6 through 11.

Competitive scholarship programs include Junior Women in Engineering, Women in Engineering and Women in Computer Science,, sponsored by the Ford Motor Company. Other scholarship programs including the Engineering Scholars Program, the National Summer Transportation Institute, Women in Automotive Engineering, Women in Robotics, and Rail and Intemodal Transportation.

“Our programs offer students an exciting, hands-on approach to learning more about fields that interest them," says Liz Fujita, assistant director of Michigan Tech's Center for Pre College Outreach (CPCO). SYP is part of the CPCO. "We offer an environment where they can ask questions and discover what careers fit in with their passions. If a student likes engineering, our programs help them explore which type of engineering they enjoy most and what a job in that field entails.”

Women in Automotive Engineering scholarship program students get a hands-on look at how internal combustion engines work by dismantling them piece-by-piece.

SYP also gives pre-college students an opportunity to experience college life, living in the residence halls, attending classes, eating meals and participating in activities with fellow students.

Each Summer Youth Program is a week long. They begin June 18 and run through July 29. For more information on SYP explorations or scholarship opportunities. visit or call the CPCO office at 906-487-2219. 

Last Modified 11:38 AM, December 13, 2016

Michigan Technological University is a public research university, home to more than 7,000 students from 60 countries around the world. Founded in 1885, the University offers more than 120 undergraduate and graduate degree programs in science and technology, engineering, forestry, business and economics, health professions, humanities, mathematics, and social sciences. Our beautiful campus in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula overlooks the Keweenaw Waterway and is just a few miles from Lake Superior.