Summer camp? Sort of . . . but better. Our programs aren't ordinary, and neither are the 1,000+ students that attend. They build robots, conduct chemical analysis, explore entrepreneurship, and inspect ecosystems. Coming from across the country and around the world, students learn engineering, digital photography, metal casting, and more—all in an adventurous, fun, and hands-on way.
SYP has taught me so much. I learned how to be a strong and independent person, and how to make the world a better place. I got to experience college living firsthand, and have fun while doing it all. In Engineering 101 we learned about so many different things that come into play in everyday lives without people even realizing. Everything was hands on and taught us how to think creatively, like the time we designed prosthetic legs out of recycled materials in the Bio-Medical lesson. SYP was nothing close to a regular summer camp, but that’s what made it so special. (Read More)
My SYP experience not only restructured the way I thought about engineering, but also gave me even deeper insight into the field than I could have possibly hoped to experience. And I mean that literally. Prior to attending the NSTI program, in my eyes the “E” in STEM was really just a nebulous thing. I have studied science, technology, and math, but I have had little experience with engineering, which is why I chose this particular camp. I am so glad that I did too, because I have developed a newfound respect and admiration for a field of work that is critical to the world’s transportation systems. My favorite part of the SYP experience was winning the bridge building contest, and then the pièce de résistance…climbing up to the top of the Mackinac Bridge! Looking down at the two peninsulas and thinking about how engineering made this possible was beyond thought provoking!
SYP gave me an experience I will never forget. I attended the Engineering Scholars Program which turned out to be one of the best decisions I have ever made. Although my shyness has always made it very difficult for me to meet new people, I made many lifelong friends during my week at ESP. I did things I never thought I’d do, such as swimming in the freezing cold Lake Superior and hiking the Hungarian Falls. In addition to meeting many crazy smart students, I also learned so much about engineering. The daily sessions really gave me insight into each field of engineering that I could possibly pursue. I was able to perform many hands-on activities, which helped me decide I definitely do want to be a chemical engineer in the future.
gained confidence in their ability to be successful in a college atmosphere
would recommend their exploration to others