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Pre-Engineering Summer Programs


If you are interested in engineering, you’ll find plenty to keep you busy and excited at Illinois Tech Armour College of Engineering! Our summer pre-engineering programs for high school students are conveniently located on Illinois Tech’s Rice Campus in Wheaton and historic Mies Campus in Chicago.

Each engineering module at the Rice campus in Wheaton is four days/week, 10:00 AM – 3:00 PM. Our Main campus module is a two-week course. Below you can check out the modules being offered this summer.
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3D Printer

INTRODUCTION To engineering and fabrication studio
(two-week course on mies campus)

IIT Mies Campus in Chicago, June 24-28 AND July 1-3

Think you might be interested in engineering and want to learn more about it? Students will learn what biomedical, chemical, electrical, mechanical, civil, architectural and environmental engineers do in the jobs through speakers and hands-on activities. This two-weeks intensive class will provide students an opportunity to explore areas of engineering in greater depth and see how math and science provide a basis for technology innovation. Lectures will alternate with studio experience, workshops and field trips. Students will select optional areas of concentration, which include (1) Biomedical Engineering, (2) Civil and Architectural Engineering, (3) Robotics and Automation, (4) Drafting and Prototyping. Students must be present for the mandatory safety training taught on the first day of week 2 to continue in the course. Students who successfully complete the program will receive an official Certificate of Completion from the Armour College of Engineering. Apply Now!


IIT Rice Campus in Wheaton, June 17-20 or July 15-18

Biomedical engineers improve our health and lives through advances such as artificial organs, sophisticated robot-operated surgical equipment, advanced medical imaging, and deep brain stimulation. In this course, students will be introduced to the range of opportunities and applications in biomedical engineering. Students will learn to use electrophysiology laboratory equipment and software to measure and analyze their own heart, muscle, and brain electrical signals. Apply Now!


IIT Rice Campus in Wheaton, July 8-11

Computer-aided design (CAD) deals with a variety of topics, including creating simple drawings to 3D visualization of engineering design. This course covers the basic elements of CAD, types and application of software used in design, versatility of CAD for making quick design changes, and comparing alternative designs. Students will apply their newfound skills to explore several design and fabrication techniques, and prototype their design using basic shop tools,  laser cutters and 3D printers. Students must be present for the mandatory safety training taught on the first day to continue in the course. Apply Now!



IIT Rice Campus in Wheaton, June 17-20

What do drones, thermostats and Wii systems have in common? They all need to take measurements from their environment and apply programmed logic in order to fly in the correct direction, keep the temperature of a room comfortable, and accurately capture your movements to win a game. Engineers across all disciplines use automated systems to control everyday devices, whole manufacturing plants, and the environment around us. Learn how to use a variety of sensors, build simple circuits, and program Arduinos to design your own microcontroller-based automated system. Challenge your peers at the end of each day to win cool prizes. Design your very own games such as whack-a-mole and Simon Says with our easy to use kit. Apply Now!

INTROduction to robotics

IIT Rice Campus in Wheaton, July 8-11 or July 15-18

Whether it be in manufacturing, medicine, or your very own home, robots are everywhere! New strides in robotics are being made every day thanks to innovative engineers. This is the course to discover this ever expanding field of engineering. Learn how software and hardware work together through hands on activities. Use kits to wire and build your very own robot from scratch. Then program your robot to move and respond to its environment, just like the professionals do. Apply your knowledge to design and test your robot with the help of experienced engineers and students. The course concludes with a competition between robots for the championship. Apply Now!