Engineering Design & Leadership Summer Program

Engineering Design & Leadership Summer Program


Program Overview

The Engineering Design and Leadership Summer Program is an exclusive, eight-day program at Illinois Tech specifically for Von students aimed at teaching students hands-on, practical skills around framing engineering problems and addressing them using a design thinking framework. Students will focus on a real-world problem surrounding energy usage both in a building and at a large-scale event. Activities in the Engineering Design and Leadership Summer Program include:


  • Conducting a hands-on, on-site energy audit of a building

  • Conducting an energy audit of the large-scale event, such as a festival

  • Applying the design thinking framework to creating innovative solutions to problems surrounding energy usage

  • Presenting solution prototypes to a panel of reviewers


This is a great program for you if:


  • You’re interested in pursuing engineering, math, or physics in college or a career, or you want to learn more about doing so.

  • You enjoy and thrive in a hands-on learning environment. The vast majority of this program is “doing”!

  • You are interested in learning more about design thinking.

  • You’re a natural leader and want to learn to apply your thinking to solving large-scale problems.


Dates & Location

The Opt4STEM Engineering Design and Leadership Summer Program 2019 runs from Wednesday, July 24 - Friday, August 2 (excluding the weekend) and takes place at Illinois Tech. All days of the program start and end at Illinois Tech and students are provided Ventra cards for travel.


Selected students receive a $2000 scholarship to cover the cost of the program and public transportation. Students are awarded their scholarship at the Opt4STEM Engineering Design and Leadership Informational Meeting. Students and parents are required to attend to receive the scholarship.  






How to Apply

The Engineering Design and Leadership Summer Program is a selective opportunity open to all current Von Steuben Freshman, Sophomores, and Juniors. The application consists of two forms: a Student Application and a Parent Form. Both must be submitted by the application deadline for the application to be considered complete.

After applications are reviewed, applicants will be invited to an in-person interview that will take place at Von Steuben before official selections are made.


Applications are due by Friday, May 24.