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Pre-College Programs and Summer Camps for Middle and High School Students


Biology Summer Program

Find out where a career in biology can take you! Illinois Tech alumni, faculty, and experts in fields including research, industry, education, and health will show the way. Hands-on lab experience will include recombinant DNA technology techniques, bioinformatics, and analyzing microorganisms. read more

Computational Science Course

High school students interested in science, math, and computation will learn about these topics in exciting and unconventional ways by enrolling in IIT's new Computational Science course for high school students. read more

Computer Discovery Camp

The Illinois Tech Computer Discovery Camp engages students in hands-on activities that help to develop spatial visualization and problem-solving skills. They will learn introductory computing skills using Scratch and LEGO Mindstorms. read more

Digital Humanities Summer Program

This summer the Department of Humanities is pleased to offer its inaugural five-day Digital Humanities Summer Program. Illinois Tech is home to one of few undergraduate programs in the country dedicated to digital humanities, and the new Digital Humanities Summer Program will introduce high school students to the exciting college degrees and career possibilities in this cutting-edge field. read more

Exelon Summer Institute

(For Admitted Students) The program is built around the concept of creating learners in the areas of math, physics, chemistry, writing and computer skills. Student teaching teams interact with new students while faculty members conduct specialized lectures and field trips. read more

Experiment in Architecture

Looking to the future, you may be interested in IIT’s summer architecture program: Experiment in Architecture. This two-week residential program is designed to introduce high school students to the profession of architecture. read more

Experiment in Landscape Architecture

Looking to the future, you may be interested in IIT’s summer landscape architecture program: Experiment in Landscape Architecture. This one-week commuter program is designed to introduce high school students to the profession of landscape architecture. read more

Freelance Coder Camp

The Freelance Coder Camp is a unique opportunity to creatively learn the business of becoming a successful freelance computer coder and gain entrepreneurial skills that could lead to earning supplemental income for college. read more

Global Chicago

Come to Illinois Tech this summer to learn about Chicago’s role as a “global city”. Through readings, lectures and field trips to local neighborhoods, you will have the opportunity to learn about how Chicago is connected to the world through immigration, commerce and tourism.  read more

Introduction to Biomedical Engineering

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. read more


Introduction to Civil Engineering

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. read more


Introduction to Computer-Aided Design (CAD)

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.
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Introduction to Engineering and Fabrication

Students will learn what biomedical, chemical, electrical, mechanical, civil and environmental engineers do in their jobs through speakers and hands-on activities. Students will use Arduinos and 3D printers will explore areas of engineering in greater depth and see how math and science provides a basis for technology innovation.
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Introduction to Environmental Engineering and Sustainability

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. read more


Introduction to Robotics and Automation

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 explore other robotics hardware and software platforms. read more


Introduction to the World of Engineering

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.
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Introduction to the World of Engineering: Fabrication Studio

Following Introduction to the World of Engineering, students can apply their skills and explore several design and fabrication techniques. The fundamentals of CAD software will be covered with an emphasis on producing functional components. Students will have the opportunity to use basic shop tools as well as laser cutters and 3D printers to complete their projects. read more


NxtGen Tech Program

The NxtGen Summer Tech Program is for high school students who are interested in learning more about next-generation technologies and tools. NxtGen courses teach the next wave of emerging technologies; including, cyber security, software and application development, computing, programming, networking, and more. Courses are hands-on and involve interactive projects with support from IIT faculty and staff. read more

Pre-College Transportation Engineering (PRETRANS) Program

PreTrans is a program to help you learn all about engineering and how you, too, can become an engineer. PreTrans is especially geared toward minority and female high school students. We hope that your curiosity and enthusiasm will inspire discovery! read more

Pre-Collegiate IPRO: The Big Data Visualization Institute

The Big Data Visualization Institute is a seven-day summer program in July 2018 for Chicago high school students to learn about big data sets and creative ways to express the patterns of information to make decisions. read more

Psychology Summer Program

The program is a learning experience designed to help students make the connection between psychological and human behavior in everyday life. Students will acquire a broad array  about psychological principles throughout the human lifespan. read more

Research Methods Course for High School Students

Learn about university-level research from Illinois Tech’s experienced academic librarians. Discover advanced research skills—from how to access information efficiently to the ethical use of information—and develop a solid foundation for lifelong scholarly work. read more


Summer Prelaw Institute

Students will read actual cases, participate in discussions, and learn fundamentals of the adversarial system–including essential courtroom trial techniques. The course will conclude with students acting as attorneys in a challenging mock trial. read more