Tackle engineering challenges of the 21st century at the NSLC on Engineering.

At the NSLC on Engineering summer program for high school students, you’ll explore a variety of engineering fields including mechanical, civil, electrical, and biomedical engineering. Professors and professional engineers will tell you about exciting new research endeavors and their latest projects. Then, engineering simulations give you the opportunity to design and build with your teammates.

Program Highlights

Land and sea build project
Design a line-following car and a sea perch with your team, then test them through challenges with your peers.

Learn fundamental skills
Hands-on workshops teach you breadboarding, programming, soldering, and CAD techniques.

Alternative energy workshops
Build a wind turbine and learn to efficiently harness natural resources.

Start developing
Apply the skills you've learned to design a product that addresses one of the 14 Grand Challenges of engineering - then pitch it to investors.

Hands-on 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.

Our college-level lecture series will provide you with a foundation of knowledge on a variety of engineering disciplines.

Topics include:

  • Chemical Engineering
  • Biomedical Engineering
  • Aerospace Engineering
  • Civil Engineering
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Computer Science

Meet Engineering Professionals

While at the NSLC’s summer high school engineering program, you will meet with and learn from leaders in the engineering community.

Examples of past guest speakers include:

Mr. George Levin
Director of the Aeronautics & Space Engineering Board, The National Academies

Dr. Roman Kuc
Professor of Electrical Engineering, Yale University

Mr. George Banker
Operations Manager, ARMY Ten-Miler

Dr. Stephen Carr
Professor of Materials Science and Engineering, Northwestern University

Dr. Ken Goldberg
Professor of Industrial Engineering, UC-Berkeley

Dr. Mehran Sahami
Professor of Computer Science, Stanford University

Mr. Joseph Holtgrieve
Assistant Dean for Student Career Development, Northwestern

Mrs. Tiffany Reardon
Admissions Officer, UC-Berkeley College of Engineering

Mr. Barrie Green
Assistant Director of Engineering Operations, NASA

Dr. Brian Scassellati
Director, NSF Expedition on Socially Assistive Robotics, Yale University

Dr. C.D. Mote
President, National Academy of Engineering

Dr. Alton Romig
Executive Director, National Academy of Engineering

Behind-the-Scenes Tours

The NSLC on Engineering has created special partnerships with engineering facilities across the country to provide unparalleled access and experiences for our engineering students.

Trips may include:

Duke University

Duke Engineering Design Pod | Duke University Engineering Labs | Duke Harris Environmental & Energy Center | North Carolina Museum of Natural Science | West Campus

Johns Hopkins University

Johns Hopkins Whiting School of Engineering | Naval Surface Warfare Center, Carderock Division | George Washington University School of Engineering & Applied Sciences | Stephen F. Udvar Hazy Center | The Smithsonian Institution | Baltimore Harbor

University of California, Berkeley

Computer History Museum | Golden Gate Bridge Engineering Tour | Tech Interactive | UC Berkeley College of Engineering | Autodesk Gallery | Pier 39 | Fisherman’s Wharf | Ghiradelli Square

Yale University

Yale School of Engineering & Applied Science | Yale Social Robotics Lab | Boston Museum of Science | Historic Faneuil Hall & Quincy Market | Six Flags New England

Leadership Training

At the heart of the NSLC is a leadership curriculum designed to build concrete leadership skills that will help you succeed. 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 program include:

  • Personality Styles and Group Dynamics
  • Conflict Resolution
  • Negotiation
  • Public Speaking
  • Intrapersonal Communication

College Credit Option

American University (AU) and NSLC have a unique partnership that enables you to earn college credit by enrolling in a supplemental online course designed to correlate with your NSLC program’s area of study. By enrolling in this credit course, you will enjoy a stimulating, innovative, and personalized college-level learning experience that builds on your NSLC accomplishments. The course is for one credit and is taught in a self-paced, asynchronous format across six weeks, allowing ample time to complete assignments. The course is designed to work within the framework of NSLC; students are not expected to complete coursework while on campus. Students may register for college credit via their personal student portal (myNSLC) once they have enrolled in an NSLC session.

Click here to learn more about this opportunity.


Program tuition includes housing, all on-campus meals, course materials, academic expenses, and activities. Tuition also includes chartered, air-conditioned motor coaches for off-campus briefings and tours. Note: Students are responsible for the cost of travel to and from the program as well as individual spending money for souvenirs, laundry, and a few off-campus meals during fields trips and tours.

Click here to view our cancellation and refund policy.

Baltimore, Durham, and San Francisco$3,795
New Haven$3,895