Three students displaying their metal casting from Women in Engineering
SYP 2024 Course Catalog Now Available!

Hands-on Learning.

Immerse yourself in hands-on learning at Summer Youth Programs (SYP)! Each summer, nearly 1,000 students from around the world in grades 6-11 come to Michigan Technological University’s campus for week-long explorations of college and career opportunities.

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Spark Curiosity. Explore Interests. Make an Impact.

Camp-like, Mini College Experience.

Since 1972, Summer Youth Programs has inspired the next generation of doers and makers through hands-on engagement and collaboration with Michigan Tech faculty, staff and students. During their time on campus, students live in our full-service residence hall, eat in the dining hall, and participate in an exploration of their choosing. Outside the classroom, students have time to relax and participate in many different supervised recreational activities, taking advantage of Lake Superior, waterfalls, hiking trails, and the natural beauty of Michigan’s Upper Peninsula.


  • 91%
    say their exploration was different than their classroom experience at home
  • 89%
    gained confidence in their ability to be successful in a college atmosphere
  • 96%
    would recommend their exploration to others
New friends from SYP pose with Blizzard, the Michigan Tech mascot.