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Putting tech to work

Explore computing, robotics, energy technology + more to solve practical problems

Engineers are critical thinkers, problem solvers, and creatives who harness cutting-edge technology to develop solutions to many of the world's most urgent problems. From fusion power to nanotechnology to artificial intelligence, engineers are on the front lines of developing and applying these technologies in the areas of maximum impact, such as climate change and medicine. 

  • Session 1
    Residential: June 30 - July 19
    Commuter: July 1 - July 18
  • Location:
    Wellesley College, Wellesley, MA
  • Staff to Student Ratio 1:6
  • Tuition
    Residential: $7,895
    Commuter: $3,995

    Tuition + Financial Aid

Find creative solutions to the world's challenges

What you'll do

Fuel Cell

Fuel Cell

Create a fuel cell capable of cleanly converting hydrogen to usable electric energy.

Biologically Inspired Origami Robot

Biologically Inspired Origami Robot

Design and build a biologically inspired robotic mechanism by combining foldable origami elements with electronic components and code to create biologically inspired robots.



Design and build functional electronics using breadboards, servo motors, LED displays, and other electronics hardware while writing and modifying computer code using hardware such as a Raspberry Pi or an Arduino.

Industry Specialists

Industry Specialists

Integrate feedback as part of the iterative design framework from professional engineers in order to hone project prototypes.

Program description

In EXPLO Engineering, challenge yourself to think along the same lines. Investigate a problem, understand end-user requirements, design a solution, create and test a prototype, collect data to measure effectiveness, and optimize for efficiency. Work side-by-side with the experts across disciplines — from robotics and mechanical engineering to software and civil engineering. Here, you can deepen your understanding of the key differences between the various fields engineers can pursue.


Prerequisite for Engineering:

We recommend that students in this course who have no prior experience with text-based coding take this free, self-paced course that starts with the block-based coding language Scratch, then introduces students to text-based coding with CS50: Introduction to Computer Science. Students are only asked to complete weeks 0-3.

Blocks Shape

Get up close

Go places like Advanced Functional Fabrics of America (AFFOA), meet engineers, and get guidance on designing and completing your final project.
Meet working
engineers like Natalia Guerrero, NASA planet-hunter and MIT research associate; Lauren Lyons, senior systems lead at Blue Origin; and Nick Bria and Connor Walsh from Harvard’s Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering.

Explore with leaders in the field

Take a look at some of the program faculty and speakers over the years to get a sense of who you’ll be learning with. You get the real deal here at EXPLO.

Brian Hughes
Brian Hughes

Former CEO, American Rocket Company

Chair, HBN Shoe

Conor Walsh
Conor Walsh Ph.D.

Professor of Engineering + Applied Science, Harvard University

George T. Whitesides
George T. Whitesides

Former Chief Space Officer, Virgin Galactic

Marcia Isakson
Marcia Isakson Ph.D.

IR + D Strategic Programs Director, Applied Research Laboratories, University of Texas at Austin

Steven Goldfarb
Steven Goldfarb, Ph.D.

Particle Physicist, ATLAS Experiment, CERN

Earn college credit

All EXPLO Pre-College Career Concentrations offer the opportunity to earn two to three college credits before you even enroll in college. 


Everything you need for a summer to remember

Residential Program

Explore future careers as a residential student...

Live the on-campus life with a roommate, meals in the dining hall, and all the support you need from live-in deans, and residence directors and advisors.

Commuter Program

...or a commuter

Enjoy access to all the same facilities and activities as residential students, with the option to spend three evenings of your choice on campus included in your tuition.

Live the EXPLO life

At EXPLO, we combine mind-expanding discovery with serious summer fun. Join a club, play sports, take in a movie or show, or just relax by beautiful Lake Waban. Or take a quick train into Boston for a foodie tour, cruise, or ball game—all with curious and inclusive new friends.

Get to know your summer home.