Teaching & Learning

Engineering State Reimagined: Overnight Format Returns After 2 Years

By Matilyn Mortensen |

Students participate in an engineering challenge session at Engineering State in 2019.

After two years of adaptations due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Utah State University College of Engineering is back to hosting its overnight engineering camp for high school students.

Engineering State, or E-State, will be June 20-21 and June 23-24 on the USU Logan Campus. This is the first time in the 32 years since the camp began that two two-day sessions will be conducted. The goal of this new format is to provide students with more flexibility in how they participate.

E-State gives students entering their senior year of high school the opportunity to learn all about getting an engineering degree at Utah State. During the camp, students will meet engineering professors, tour the campus and participate in challenge sessions to learn more about different engineering disciplines. This year's sessions include making a speaker out of paper plates and other household items, learning more about biofuels, and building structures out of LEGOs and K’Nex.

“E-State is a fantastic opportunity for high school students to spend time on USU’s campus,” said Kurt Becker, an engineering professor and faculty adviser for the summer camp. “The challenge sessions enable students to think like an engineer while they participate in fun problem-solving activities.”

The camp is a powerful recruiting tool for the College of Engineering and provides a unique opportunity for students to explore the educational opportunities available in science, technology, engineering and math.


Matilyn Mortensen
Public Relations Specialist
College of Engineering


Kurt Becker
Department of Engineering Education/Center for Engineering Education Research


Engineering 257stories Hands-on Learning 161stories STEM 56stories K-12 43stories

Comments and questions regarding this article may be directed to the contact person listed on this page.

Next Story in Teaching & Learning

See Also