S.T.E.M. Programs

Engineering Intensive

Spend 18 days exploring engineering in San Francisco at the NSLC Engineering Intensive.
  • Level: High School
  • Grades: Enrolled in 9-12
  • Length: 18 days
Do you have the desire to tackle problems through design? Do you enjoy learning how and why things work? At the National Student Leadership Conference Engineering Intensive, you’ll explore various fields in engineering and decide if engineering is the career for you!
During this 18-day program, you will learn from top engineering experts and meet with successful researchers and professors. Learning from their experiences, you will take away valuable lessons and insight that will help guide you as you pursue a career in engineering.

Program Highlights

Engineering Design Challenges
Compete in different challenges from various fields of engineering including mechanical, civil, biomedical and electrical.

Robotics Simulation
Your main simulation will be an air, land and water robotics challenge. You will design and build an underwater ROV, an RC car and a line-following car throughout the 18-day program.

Meet Engineering Professionals
Throughout the program, you’ll meet leaders in the engineering field during exclusive trips and tours. Go behind-the-scenes during visits to top companies, labs and research institutions.

Dates & Locations

Hands-On Simulations

At the NSLC you and your peers will engage in intensive, hands-on simulations and workshops. Through building an underwater robot and competing in a variety of design challenges and workshops, you will explore engineering and all that it has to offer. Through a research project and presentation, you will tackle issues facing professional engineers today.


Meet Engineering Professionals

While at the NSLC’s high school summer engineering intensive, you will meet with and learn from leaders in the fields of engineering.
Examples of past guest speakers include:

Dr. Ken Goldberg
Professor of Industrial Engineering, UC-Berkeley

Mrs. Tiffany Reardon
Admissions Officer, UC-Berkeley College of Engineering

Ms. Lina Scroggins
Program Manager, Corporate Engineering at Google, Inc.

Mr. Pallav Agrawal
Lead Data Scientist, Levi Strauss & Co

Mr. Terry Johnson
Associate Teaching Professor for Bioengineering, UC Berkeley

Mr. Bill Nott
Retired Mechanical Engineer, Lockheed Martin

Behind-the-Scenes Tours

An important part of the NSLC high school engineering intensive is seeing the sites around some of our nation’s greatest cities. These trips are designed as both sightseeing tours and exclusive educational trips specifically tailored to the area of engineering.
These trips may include:

University of California, Berkeley

  • Intel Museum
  • Levi’s Stadium
  • Autodesk Gallery
  • UC Berkeley College of Engineering
  • Food Service Technology Center
  • The Tech Interactive
  • Pier 39
  • Fisherman’s Wharf
Engineering Soldering

Leadership Training

At the heart of each of our youth leadership programs is a curriculum designed to build concrete leadership skills that will help you succeed. Interactive lectures and small-group workshops will give you an opportunity to build upon your strengths and minimize your weaknesses.
Leadership topics tailored to the Engineering Intensive program include:


Program tuition includes housing, all on-campus meals, course materials, academic expenses, and activities. Tuition also includes chartered, air-conditioned motor coaches for off-campus briefings and tours. 

Note: Students are responsible for the cost of travel to and from the program as well as individual spending money for souvenirs, laundry, and a few off-campus meals during fields trips and tours.

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