MEP Summer Engineering Workshops (SEW) were developed in 1976 to invite rising 7th - 9th-grade students (students having completed 6th-8th grade) to Purdue University for a week of discovery, engagement, and learning about college and careers in engineering. SEW is an early outreach strategy aiming to attract underrepresented students, i.e., African American, Native American, Hispanic American, to Purdue. Participants will live in one of Purdue University's world-class residence halls, meet current undergraduate and graduate students, faculty, and administrators and learn about 15 unique engineering majors.

  • Academic success strategies
  • Engineering careers and impact
  • An online tutorial system that evaluates their math abilities
  • Engineering design process
  • Social activities will help them make friends from all over the country
  • College prep and Life skills

Students learn about the engineering design process used to solve some of the world's most pertinent challenges. They will complete an engineering project, led by undergraduate and/or graduate assistants and engage in friendly competition while developing presentation skills.


Participants will leave with skills to help them improve their academic profile. With a strong focus on mathematics, students will have a pre-assessment and receive a license for an online academic program that they can continue to use after the program has concluded. 


Scholarships are available for students who meet need-based scholarship requirements.


To apply, please click here

Individuals of all races, genders, and backgrounds are welcome.

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Frequently Asked Questions
2024 Program Dates
June 23 - June 28
  • Format: In-Person
  • June 23: Check-In
  • June 28: Check-Out
What grades are accepted into the Summer Engineering Workshops?
SEW is for rising 7th/8th/9th or students who have completed the 6th, 7th, and 8th grade

What do you do in SEW?
  • Students are exposed to engineering careers and the impact engineers have on the world
  • Engineering projects introduce students to different engineering disciplines and engineering design
  • Math abilities are assessed using an online tutorial system
  • Social activities help students make friends from all over the country
Important Dates and Deadlines
  • Application Deadline: April 22, 2024
  • Application Decision: May 6, 2024
  • Payment Deadline: June 1, 2024
Decision Notification
Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis. Once all elements are in (transcript, recommendation, application) a decision will be made and parents will be notified.
Helpful Information Regarding Cost, How to Pay, and Scholarships
  • The cost to attend is $900, and the acceptance letter will contain the payment link
  • The fees cover:
    • Room and board (breakfast, lunch, dinner, and lodging)
    • Hands-on Engineering Project + Project Materials
    • Hands-on Engineering Project + Session Instruction
    • Math Review Sessions (Lectures + ALEKS)
    • ALEKS Subscription (1) Year + Scheduled Tutoring Sessions
    • Exploring Engineering Sessions (Faculty, Students, Alumni, Industry)
  • Fees DO NOT Include:
    • Travel to and from Purdue University
Does this program offer college credit?
No. This program does not offer college credit.
Do the students stay on campus?
Yes, program participants will lodge at one of our residence halls. Lodging details are provided in the acceptance letter. 
What do students need to bring to camp?
For summer camp essentials, please click here.
My child needs to leave the program early. Can they still participate?
SEW requires participation in all five days
My child is not a minority. Can they still participate?
Our programs are open to all students and we welcome all students. The programs are focused to increase interest and representation of underrepresented minorities in engineering. 

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