Summer Engineering Academy (SEA)

Summer Engineering Academy

The Summer Engineering Academy is a collection of summertime programs for middle and high school students that introduce them to engineering disciplines through exciting real-world challenges.  

 Thank you for your interest and please check back in January 2018 to apply for SEA 2018. Click HERE to sign up for our mailing list to be notified when SEA Applications are available.

SCEEP (Summer College Engineering Exposure Program)
Current 11th graders

SCEEP is an 11-day program that familiarizes students with the engineering disciplines offered at U-M and acquaints them with the university campus, support services, and other resources. Students live in Bursley Residential Hall while attending the program.

Classes are designed to help students develop an understanding of engineering, its disciplines, as well as the role interdisciplinary learning plays in growing strong engineers. As a team, students work on an engineering design challenge and develop a professional portfolio. Their experience is enhanced by tours of engineering departments and facilities, along with presentations given by university staff on the admissions and financial aid process. Informal discussions with College of Engineering alumni, faculty, staff, and students enhance students’ experiences. Some of the participants are given the opportunity to take part in a SAT Prep course to ensure their application to the College of Engineering is as strong as possible.

The program is conducted in two sessions in July. Applicants can choose to participate in Session 1 or 2 or indicate “no preference.” 26 students are accepted for each session and participants attend four core classes – Technical Communications, Engineering Concepts, Engineering Math, and Professional Development – throughout the eleven days of the program. 

MITE (Michigan Introduction to Technology & Engineering)
Current 9th and 10th graders

The 13-day MITE program excites, engages, educates, and empowers students with an integrated curriculum centering on an engineering-based challenge. The program takes place in July and thirty students are accepted to the program.  The students attend four key academic classes: Engineering Concepts, Technical Communications, Engineering Math, and Professional Development. These classes support the engineering design challenge. Students live in Bursley Residential Hall while attending the program.

Students also participate in workshops on entrepreneurship, cultural engagement, and college preparation and selection. Guided tours of the College of Engineering and other University facilities, along with outdoor recreation activities, enhance the MITE experience. One session of MITE will be offered in 2017 for 30 accepted participants. Students who attended MITE in the summer of 2016 should not apply but are encouraged to apply to  SCEEP in SEA 2018.

SEP (Summer Enrichment Program)
Current 7th and 8th graders

SEP is a two-week commuter camp held at the Ford Resource and Engagement Center (FREC) at 2826 Bagley Avenue in Detroit. SEP programming helps students take the middle school concepts they learned in science, math, social studies, and English classes and see how they apply to the real world.  Students must secure transportation to and from the FREC each day of the program. 

  • Students must reach the FREC at 8:45 AM and picked up at 4:00 PM each weekday of the program. 

SEP, taught by top-notch instructors, reinforces and teaches concepts such as photosynthesis, respiration, energy capture, energy storage and transfer, and chemistry, along with concepts typically confined to social studies’ units on economics and political science. SEP helps students weave these concepts together to equip them to tackle the big engineering design challenge that is presented to students in the second week of the program.

The program will also include a visit to the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, College of Engineering campus for workshops and tours.

There will be one session of SEP this summer for 20 accepted participants. Students who attended SEP in the summer of 2016 should not apply, but are encouraged to apply to the MITE program in SEA 2018.

Program Dates for SEA 2017
Commuter Programs

Program Dates
SEP @ FREC Monday, July 10, 2017 – Friday, July 21, 2017

Residential Programs

Program Dates
MITE  Monday, July 10, 2017 – Saturday, July 22, 2017
SCEEP I Wednesday, July 5, 2017 – Saturday, July 15, 2017
SCEEP II Tuesday, July 25, 2017 – Friday, August 4, 2017

Program Costs*
Fees for the program are not due until after the student has been accepted into the program.

Program Fee
SCEEP I $100
MITE $300
SEP @ FREC $25

*Financial support is possible based on demonstrated need.  Cost should not deter you from applying to SEA!  For Michigan residents only, please apply for the Watson A. Young Scholarship.