College of Engineering

102 Bliss Hall, 1 Lippitt Road, Kingston, RI 02881 USA

– 401.874.5985

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Summer Engineering Academy

An engineering experience.

The emphasis of URI’s Summer Engineering Academy is to educate not just engineering-bound students, but all high school students interested in the science, opportunities, and the variety of careers in engineering.

Besides time in the classroom, students receive hands-on experience in the University’s fully equipped engineering workshop, use tools that are employed in all engineering disciplines, and take field trips to local factories and businesses.

This program exposes students to first-hand knowledge of what working in this field entails. Students may earn college credits while gaining exposure to engineering, perhaps for the first time, and receive an overview of the many exciting disciplines within the field.

Academy Sessions

Engineering Session

June 30-July 25, 2014 (9 a.m. to 2 p.m.)
Fee: $1,400 ($2,000 for both Engineer and Robotics/Programming sessions)

This session introduces students to the different disciplines of engineering. A brief introduction to the history of engineering will be studied. The process of engineering design will be examined by following the design and construction of objects encountered in everyday life including a bridge, and automobile, a toy and some household objects. Engineering calculations used for designing some of these objects will be worked out. Common manufacturing processes will be studied. Students will design using the computer. Careers in engineering will be explored and practicing engineers will meet with the students to discuss their careers.

Robotics and Programming Session

June 30-July 25, 2014 (2:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.)
Fee: $800 ($2,000 for both Engineer and Robotics/Programming sessions)

Working in small teams, students will use the Arduino processor to control a variety of devices including LEDs, motors, servo motors, vision and acoustic sensors and encoders. Using a programming language (which will be taught as part of this program), these devices will be integrated to make robots. The robots will be used to complete specific tasks of increasing complexity such as pick-and-place, obstacle course navigation, robot races etc. Each student will be given her/his own hardware to keep after the conclusion of the course. Suitable for high school seniors and and college freshmen.

Weekend Program

Summer Academy at SubThe Weekend Program offers students a chance to see regional engineering and cultural landmarks. Visits are often to New York City, Boston, Providence, New Haven, New London, Newport RI, Jamestown and other local places of interest.


Residence hall housing is available for an additional fee.


Scholarships are available to partly offset the course fees for students with demonstrated financial need. Please contact Professor Sodhi at or +1.401.874.5189 for an application.

Special Needs

Students with disabilities will be given special accommodation.

More Info

Email or call +1.401.874.5189.

Apply Now

Please use our online application to apply. Your seat will not be confirmed until payment is received. e-Campus accounts will be created for students enrolled in the Summer Academy. Bills may be viewed by logging into the student e-Campus account then going to Main Menu -> Self Service -> Campus Finances. Payment may be made through e-Campus, by mailing a check (6 Rhody Ram Way Kingston, RI 02881, please include student name and ID) or in person at Enrollment Services in Green Hall.

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