6th, 7th, 8th Grade Summer Engineering Workshops

The Impact of Summer Engineering Workshops

Developed in 1976, MEP Summer Engineering Workshops were designed to invite 6-8th grade students to Purdue University for a full week of discovery, engagement, and learning about college and careers in engineering. Student Participants are introduced to:

  • Engineering design process
  • Academic success strategies
  • Engineering careers and impact
  • Math abilities are assessed using an online tutorial system
  • Social Activities help students make friends from all over the country
  • College preparation
  • Life skills
Student Testimonial, Santiago Ibarra Rico, Senior, Aeronautical Engineering, Hometown: Bogotá, Colombia
Student Testimonial, Ti' Air Riggins, 2nd Year PhD Student, Biomedical Engineering, Hometown: Akron, Ohio

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What are the 2020 program dates?

July 20 - July 24, 2020

Is SEW-2020 a virtual program?

Due to Covid-19, the SEW program in 2020 will be virtual.

What do you do in the SEWs?

SEW (6th/7th/8th):

  • Students get exposure 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

What is the deadline for application?

Application Deadline: Friday, May 8, 2020

Admission Decision: Monday, May 18, 2020

When will we be notified about the decision?

Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis. Once all elements are submitted (transcript, recommendation, application) a decision will be made and parents will be notified.

What is the cost to attend the 6th/7th/8th Grade Summer Engineering Workshops?

The cost of attendance is $500.

What does the program fee cover?

Fees Include: Hands-On Engineering Project + Project Materials and Direct Home Shipping, Hands-On Engineering Project and Session Instruction, ALEKS Math Review Sessions, ALEKS Subscription (1) Year + Scheduled Tutoring Sessions, Exploring Engineering Sessions, Parental Engagement Sessions, Engineering Faculty, Corporate and Alumni Engagement 

How can I pay for the Summer Engineering Workshops?

Once you have received acceptance into the SEW you will be given a link to pay.

Are scholarships available?

Yes. A scholarship application is part of the overall SEW application for the program.

Does this program offer college credit?

No college credit is given for the program

My child is not a minority. Can he/she 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.

What grades are accepted into the Summer Engineering Workshops?

SEW 6/7/8 is for students completing the 6th, 7th, and 8th grades by 2020.

PREFACE is for students completing the 9th and 10th grades by 2020.

MITE is for students completing the 11th grade by 2020.

Do the students stay on campus?

No, we are transitioning our residential summer programs to a modified online platform. Students are expected to connect to the programs online using the links that will be provided to them.

What do the students need to participate in the online camp?

  • Reliable Internet Connection (High-Speed Internet Recommended) 
  • Access to an Electronic Device (Desktop, Laptop, Tablet)
  • Printing (Course Materials)
  • Work Space (Hands-On Engineering Project)
  • Calculator 
  • Traditional School Supplies (Notebook, Pens, Pencils, Etc.)
  • Basic Tools (List of Requested Tools will be Provided)

My child would need to leave the program early. Can he/she still participate?

SEW 6/7/8 and PREFACE require participation in all five days.

MITE and ABC requests will be handled on a case by case basis.


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