Tackle engineering challenges of the 21st century

At the NSLC engineering summer program for high school students, you’ll explore a variety of engineering fields including mechanical, civil, electrical, and biomedical engineering.

Program Highlights:

  • Engineering Design Challenges: Work with a team to design and build robots, wind turbines, water purification systems and more.
  • Visit university laboratories: Interact with leading researchers and university professors.
  • Explore cutting-edge technologies used in aeronautics, aviation or space station design.

Interactive Career Simulations

At the NSLC on Engineering program for high school students, you will experience some of the most exciting work that is challenging professional engineers today. During the program, you will design, build, and operate an underwater ROV. Then, you and your team will work together to find the most economical way to build a wind turbine that produces electricity. Each day offers hands-on activities and intriguing problems to solve.

Meet Engineering Professionals

While at the NSLC, you will meet with and learn from leaders in the many engineering disciplines. In past years, those in our summer programs for high school students have heard from special guest speakers including the Dean of the University of Maryland School of Engineering and the Director of the Aeronautics and Space Engineering Board at the National Academies.

  • Mr. George Levin, Director of the Aeronautics & Space Engineering Board, The National Academies
  • Mr. Rod Begbie, CTO & Co-Founder, Sosh
  • Mr. George Banker, Operations Manager, ARMY Ten-Miler
  • Mr. Edgar A. Domenech, Deputy Director, Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives
  • Mr. Bill Nott, Lockheed Martin

College-Level Curriculum

At the NSLC, you will enjoy college-level lectures on a variety of engineering disciplines. The lecture series will give you a foundation of knowledge that is vital for your success as an undergraduate student. You will also hear about the wide variety of career opportunities within the engineering fields.

Topics include:
  • Chemical Engineering
  • Biomedical Engineering
  • Aerospace Engineering
  • Civil Engineering
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Computer Science

Leadership Workshops

At the heart of the NSLC is a leadership curriculum designed to build concrete leadership skills that will help you succeed. From the beginning of your youth engineering program you will learn to work as a team during an exciting Ropes Challenge Course. Interactive lectures and small-group workshops will give you an opportunity to build upon your strengths and minimize your weaknesses.

Leadership topics tailored to the engineering summer program include:
  • Personality Styles and Group Dynamics
  • Conflict Resolution
  • Negotiation and Effective Presentations

Trips & Tours for the Engineering Program

An important part of the NSLC youth engineering program is seeing the sites around some of our nation’s greatest cities. These trips are designed as both sightseeing tours and exclusive educational trips specifically tailored to the area of Engineering. These trip may include:

Washington, D.C.
  • Lockheed Martin
  • NASA
  • Northrop Grumman
  • Naval Surface Warfare Center, Carderock Division
  • George Washington University School of Engineering & Applied Sciences
  • A.James Clark School of Engineering at the University of Maryland
  • Stephen F. Udvar Hazy Center and the National Air & Space Museum
  • The Smithsonian Institution
  • Baltimore Harbor
San Francisco, CA
  • UC Berkeley College of Engineering
  • Netflix
  • Intel Museum
  • Autodesk Gallery
  • Pier 39
  • Fisherman’s Wharf
  • Ghiradelli Square
Chicago, IL
  • Northwestern University McCormick School of Engineering
  • Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory
  • Museum of Science & Industry
  • Navy Pier
  • Magnificent Mile
Atlanta, GA
  • Georgia Tech Engineering Laboratories
  • Parker H. Petit Institute for Bioengineering & Bioscience at Georgia Tech
  • Marcus Nanotechnology Research Center at Georgia Tech
  • Corporate Site Visit
  • World of Coca-Cola
  • Georgia Aquarium
  • Martin Luther King Jr. Center for Nonviolent Social Change
New Haven, CT
  • Yale School of Engineering & Applied Science
  • Brookhaven National Laboratory
  • New York Statue of Liberty Cruise
  • Times Square
  • Top of the Rock