Summer High School Research Program


The Summer High School Research Program offers high school students the opportunity to work on emerging energy technologies or CAD/3D modeling for six weeks. The purpose is to introduce STEM concepts in real-world practicality and keep young people interested in engineering as a college major and career.

Attendees come to campus four days per week starting in July and ending first week of August. Each week's curriculum is centered on a unique theme. In the final week, students tour various laboratories and make presentations to faculty and mentors.

Emerging energy technologies

Our battery fabrication and testing program will provide the knowledge needed to remain competitive in the battery industry and upon completion of training students can expect to find their skill set on par with big players in battery technology and battery divisions in auto industries. The curriculum will be updated at regular intervals based on feedback from participants.

Students will learn:

  • Material synthesis
  • Electrode preparation
  • Morphological studies
  • Material characterization
  • Batteries design and fabrication
  • Batteries testing and data evaluation
  • Mechanical testing
  • Micro sensor fabrication and development
  • Sensor field test evolution
student in lab

CAD/3D modeling

The goal of this program is to inspire students to become productive researchers and engineers and enabling them to work on original research work. They are taught skills needed to test their ideas, how to work as a team, and encourages them to invent. This specific concentration of the program will introduce students to basic 3D modelling skills using commercial computer aided design software (CAD), 3D printing technology, circuitry design, electronics, and programming. The students will be able to join the faculty member's research lab and work on related topics in soft robotics and smart materials.

Students will learn:

  • Computer aided design
  • 3d printing and fabrication
  • Testing and validating prototypes
  • Mechanical testing and analysis
  • Working as a team
  • Critical thinking and problem solving


Details coming spring 2024!

Female student holds and observes material


The program, established in 2017, was formerly called the Summer High School Apprentice Program in Engineering (SHAPE).