Michigan Tech’s Youth Summer Programs Celebrate 50th Anniversary


Since 1972, Michigan Tech’s Summer Youth Programs (SYP) have offered hands-on educational explorations to tens of thousands of high school and high school students around the world.

SYP annually attracts an average of 1,100 participants to the Michigan Technological University campus, many of whom go on to become Michigan Tech students. In fact, around 10% of the students currently enrolled at MTU are SYP alumni.

“SYP sparked a long chain of reactions that got me to where I am today,” said Magann Dykema, who attended in 2012 and 2013. “I took the Engineering Scholars program in high school as a way to understand the world of engineering better because I loved math. At the end of my first summer, I fell in love with Michigan Tech and the Keweenaw. I returned the following summer to participate in the National Summer Institute of Transportation to further deepen the field of Civil Engineering All of this helped me decide that I wanted to study at Michigan Tech and get a degree in Civil Engineering.

Participants in SYP’s Women in Engineering program present their casting and forging projects.

SYP’s first goal was to provide opportunities for students traditionally under-represented in STEM, such as through its flagship Women in Engineering program. While early awareness and access are still essential parts of its mission, SYP is now rising to meet the challenges of tomorrow, offering new programming focused on the social, environmental and technological needs of society over the next 10 years. years. In 2022, SYP will offer 72 explorations on topics such as climate and sustainability, economic espionage and esports: content creation.

Of course, it’s the instructors who make SYP a truly transformational experience. Participants often cite the 12-to-1 student-instructor ratio and in-class mentoring as hallmarks of their experience. Likewise, teaching for the SYP is an opportunity to make a difference. As former Engineering 101 instructor Colleen Hanson (Carbary) said, “I have found an extreme level of accomplishment in helping young minds open up to science and engineering. It was so amazing to watch them grow up.

Those who have been involved with SYP as participants, instructors or staff are invited to share their stories through the Humans of SYP campaign. Highlights will be shared weekly on social media until the 50th anniversary celebration in summer 2022.

Michigan Technological University is a public research university founded in 1885 in Houghton, Michigan, and welcomes more than 7,000 students from 55 countries around the world. Consistently ranked among the top universities in the country for return on investment, the University offers more than 125 undergraduate and graduate programs in science and technology, engineering, computer science, forestry, business and economics, health professions, sciences. humanities, mathematics, social sciences, and the arts. The rural campus is located a few miles from Lake Superior in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula, providing year-round outdoor adventure opportunities.


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