Introduction to Engineering at MIT

Learn fundamental principles behind mechanical, civil, and biomechanical engineering with a Lecturer and Design Education Practitioner at MIT

Summer engineering program for teens at MIT (Maximum Capacity 15 Students)

Program Highlights

This highly anticipated course will be held on the campus of MIT, offering students inside access to some of the most important engineering labs in the world!
Learn about Fundamentals of Engineering through hands-on projects and simulations
Introductions to MATLAB computer programming, the pioneering computational programming language in science and technology, that is used in most science and engineering university courses
Learn from professionals in the field about the latest advancements in engineering and technology
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Residential Price: $4,998 USD (+ supplemental fees)

Extended Commuter Price: $3,398 USD (+ supplemental fees)

Commuter Price: $2,798 USD (+ supplemental fees)


Session 1: June 26 - July 8, 2022

Session 2: July 10 - July 22, 2022


Boston, MA


  • It was nice to have an actual engineer as the instructor of the course who had been on the job for most of his life.

    Griffin H.

  • I enjoyed the real world insight from the field trips. We went to a construction site and Autodesk Gallery to learn about the mechanics of machines and buildings.

    James L.

Course Overview

Engineering is one of the most desired careers, but also least understood. There are many branches of engineering to explore.  If you are considering a career in Engineering, this course will help you learn what it takes to be an engineer. We will explore facets of mechanical, structural, civil, and electrical engineering in a hands-on, minds-on approach.

Excursions in Boston:

This past summer, students had a first-hand look at the construction site of Winthrop Center in Boston, the world’s largest Passive House office center in the world. Our students also visited the Mechanical, Civil and Aeronautical Engineering labs at San Diego State University. Previous excursions included a visit to industrial engineering firm Stantec where Students spent time reviewing “pull schedules” that allow the orchestra of fields to come together to create a masterpiece – the new UCSF cancer center. Students have also previously visited Luchs Consulting, founded in 1948, a dynamic Connecticut licensed engineering and land surveying firm providing a full range of engineering services to federal, state, municipal, utility and private clients throughout New England. 

Meet your instructor

Josh Ramos

Dr. Joshua Ramos, MIT

Fundamentals of Engineering MIT

Dr. Joshua Ramos is a Lecturer and Design Education Practitioner in the Mechanical Engineering department at MIT.

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Topics you'll explore

Hands-On Learning

Students will explore the design process and a standard problem solving approach used by engineers. They will also utilize a series of design challenges to test and gather data on the efficiency of our designs. Projects include building a scale model structure compliant with code, zoning, and budget requirements as well as creating an artificial limb.

Students will think on their feet as they work against time, budget, gravity, and limited resources to complete mini design projects covering different areas of engineering. The final project will be in the field of their choice so they can further explore a specific area.

Middle School Students building STEAM robots (1)

Career Exploration

Through this course and program, you will get on-site experience and learn from experts in the field. We will gain an understanding of applied problem solving skills that are involved in Engineering.

Meet with successful professionals and experts in the fields of engineering and technology to learn more about careers and jobs in this field, and have the opportunity to ask questions and learn firsthand what it’s like to work as an engineer. This insight helps students reflect on which areas within the field of engineering is right for them.

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