Engineering Summer Academy

The Saint Louis University Engineering Summer Academy is a six-day, five-night residential camp where rising high school juniors and seniors can learn about the latest engineering technology and career paths.

Parks College of Engineering, Aviation and Technology faculty and student mentors guide academy participants through hands-on activities in aerospace and mechanical engineering, biomedical engineering, computer and electrical engineering, and civil engineering.

Academy participants also attend off-campus excursions into the engineering industry, hear from guest speakers working in the field and explore Saint Louis University.

The Engineering Summer Academy is sponsored by The Boeing Company.

For more information, contact or 314-977-8443.


Rising high school juniors and seniors who currently have a 3.0 GPA or higher are eligible. All application requirements must be met in order to be considered. Space is limited to 40 students.

Key Dates
  • December 1: Applications open
  • March 31: Engineering Summer Academy and scholarship applications due
  • Week of April 17: Notification for acceptance and scholarship recipients
  • May 15: Final non-refundable tuition payment due
  • June 11: Check-in begins at 2 p.m.  
  • June 16: Lunch for students and invited guests begins at 11:30 a.m. with a short program during the meal. Check-out begins at 1 p.m. Out-of-state students should book their transportation accordingly. Participants are asked to stay for the lunch and presentation on the last day.
Sample Schedule

Modules explore varying engineering fields and consist of dedicated instruction and interactive activities led by accomplished faculty members. Students are provided breakfast, lunch and dinner. Below is a sample itinerary showing the types of modules that students participate in during the week.

Day 1

Welcome to SLU
After check-in, students meet their counselors and learn about the week’s schedule. Check-in will be held from 2 to 5 p.m. in McDonnell Douglas Hall. Airport transportation will be provided starting at 2 p.m. for students traveling from out of state.

Campus Tour
Join an ambassador of Saint Louis University to discover the beauty of our campus and hear first hand about a current SLU student’s experiences. Before the tour, explore McDonnell Douglas Hall and follow the historic timeline that details Parks College’s rich history as the nation’s oldest aviation school.

Team Activities
Break into groups and compete in a series of timed, problem-solving activities.

Ted Drewes
Take a break and enjoy a St. Louis tradition, Ted Drewes frozen custard.

Day 2

Aerospace Engineering Modules
Take a flight in a Diamond DA/20 aircraft with experienced instructors. Learn about basic aerodynamics and aircraft design.

Mechanical Engineering Modules
Explore the Mechanical Engineering Labs, including the Tinker Lab, the Solids and Materials Labs, and the Wind Tunnels. Learn about fluid mechanics and material properties.  

Innovation Challenge
Participate in an innovation challenge based on engineering concepts for a chance to win prizes.

Day 3

Biomedical Engineering Field Trip
Visit a biomedical engineering research laboratory and learn more about the biomedical industry.

Biomedical Engineering Modules
Explore the labs and participate in interactive workshops surrounding topics such as bones, human tissues, prosthetics and 3-D printing in biomedical engineering.

Simon Rec Center
Visit the Saint Louis University Simon Rec Center and swim at the SLUruba pools, use the rock climbing wall or play basketball.

Day 4

Electrical and Computer Engineering Field Trip
Visit the electrical and computer engineering industry to learn about possible career paths and hear from professionals currently working in the field.

Electrical and Computer Engineering Modules
Experience the fundamentals of robotics, circuits and energy through a series of hands-on experiments in our well-equipped labs.

Visit Sports Fusion in Chesterfield, Missouri, to enjoy two hours of play featuring laser tag, dodgeball, miniature golf, rock climbing and more.

Day 5

Civil Engineering Field Trip
Visit the civil engineering industry to learn about possible career paths and hear from professionals currently working in the field.

Civil Engineering Modules
Explore the many areas of civil engineering, including structures, transportation and traffic, water management and more. Learn about the infrastructure challenges the country faces, and hear how civil engineering will play a vital role in the repair. Work on projects that are applicable to real-world situations.

Day 6

Busch Student Center
Visit SLU’s central hub for student activity. The BSC is home to many student organizations, dining and the Saint Louis University bookstore.

Closing Lunch
On the last day of the academy, families are invited to attend our closing luncheon and enjoy a short program to wrap up the week-long experience.


Tuition for the Engineering Summer Academy is $650 and is not collected until acceptance decisions have been made.

Tuition covers all meals, room and board, materials and activities during the academy, including field trips, academic modules and evening entertainment. Transportation between St. Louis Lambert International Airport, Amtrak’s St. Louis station and SLU’s campus at the beginning and end of the academy is included for out-of-state students.


Consideration for acceptance into the Engineering Summer Academy requires all of the following components:

  • Completed online application form
  • Current official high school transcript
  • Letter of recommendation from a math or science teacher

The transcript and letter of recommendation can be emailed directly from a teacher, counselor or administrator to or mailed in a sealed envelope to:

SLU Parks College
Attn: Aviation Summer Academy
3450 Lindell Blvd.
St. Louis, MO 63103