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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.

Our three day/week-long engineering modules are T-W-Th from 9:30 am to 4:30 pm throughout the summer. Check out each module described below and register with your highest interest topic for any one week, a handful of weeks or all six weeks for an even wider exposure to engineering. 

Students who successfully complete a minimum of two different modules will receive two college credits. Any combination of modules qualifies for college credit. Lunch is provided.

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Sessions: 2018 sessions to be announced late 2017.

This introductory course provides high school students the opportunity to explore the broad scope of engineering disciplines and applications. Through speakers and multimedia, students will learn what biomedical, chemical, electrical, mechanical, civil and environmental engineers do in their jobs. Hands-on exercises using Arduinos and 3D printers will provide the student an opportunity to explore these areas of engineering in greater depth and see how math and science provides a basis for technology innovation. 


Sessions: 2018 sessions to be announced late 2017.

Biomedical engineers apply math and science to improve our health and lives through advances such as artificial organ development, sophisticated robot-operated surgical equipment, advanced medical imaging that can identify microscopic tumors, and deep brain stimulators to stop epileptic seizures. In this course, speakers will introduce students 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 and make hydrogels.


Sessions: 2018 sessions to be announced late 2017.

Civil engineering deals with design and construction of all kinds of facilities that we use in our everyday life. Roadways, airports, buildings, large and small, water treatment systems, railways and bridges are examples of facilities designed and built by civil engineers. Like other engineering disciplines, the civil engineering education requires a strong preparation in math and science. This course is intended to familiarize you with what background is needed to start your education in civil engineering, what civil engineers do, how many branches are in civil engineering, and what kind of professions civil engineers will be involved with upon graduation from college. 


Sessions:  2018 sessions to be announced late 2017.

Computers have revolutionized our way of life in many aspects. In engineering design, computers have provided us with a tool with nearly unlimited potentials. Computer-aided design (CAD) deals with a variety of topics including creating simple drawings to 3D visualization of engineering design. This course is specifically focused on engineering design as it relates to building and construction. It is intended to familiarize you with basic elements of CAD, types and applications of software used in design, versatility of CAD in allowing us to make quick changes in design and compare one alternative with another, etc. Hands-on experience with simple CAD applications are also included in the course.


Sessions: 2018 sessions to be announced late 2017.

Environmental engineering, the art and science of solving environmental problems and promoting sustainable growth relies on principles from biological, chemical, mathematical, physical, and social sciences. Environmental engineers deal with air, water, soils, and sediments on a scale that ranges from local to global issues. The types of problems include global warming, acid rain, ozone depletion, and automobile emissions. In this course you will learn what environmental engineers do, perform hands-on environmental testing and analysis, and learn more about solving challenging issues in sustainability.


Sessions: 2018 sessions to be announced late 2017.

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 automation and robotics to control everyday devices, whole manufacturing plants, and the environment around us. Learn how to use a variety of sensors, build simple circuits, program Arduinos to design your own automated system, , and program a LEGO® EV3 robot with National Instruments LabVIEW software.