Summer Programs and Activities

Students are proven to lose over 20 percent of their school skills during the summer! This means that when schools start again in the fall, most students are behind, and need to take time to catch up and relearn information that they had already learned!

One way to prevent this from happening to your children is to enroll them in a summer program to continue their learning over the summer!

Southern Methodist University offers CSI and Engineering camps for students ranging from 6th to 12th grade!


CSI Camps

SMU’s CSI Camps are three days long, and students explore science and technology behind identification and crime solving! The camp also has guest speakers which have included FBI Agents, Police Officers, the SWAT Team, and more! Activities for the kids include a mock crime scene, fingerprint dusting, DNA extraction, and Paper Chromatography!

There are four sessions offered for the CSI Camps, two for girls and two for boys, and the student must be entering the 6th or 7th grade.

More information about CSI camps can be found here!

Applications for the CSI Camps are now open, and they can be accessed here!


Lyle Engineering Camps

Lyle Engineering Camps are offered for students ranging from 7th through 12th grade.

The camp for incoming 11th and 12th graders is a residential camp, and it gives students opportunities to be mentored by representatives from the SMU community. The students will join in panel and group discussions, and they will be working on a hands-on project in the Deason Innovation Gym.

The camp for 7th through 10th graders is designed to help students explore all disciplines of engineering offered at the Lyle School of Engineering by participating in hands-on projects!

More information about Engineering Camps can be found here!

Applications for Lyle Engineering Camps are now being accepted, and the 11th/12th grade application can be found here, while the 7th/8th grade application can be accessed here!


Another great summer program for is the iD Tech summer program for girls! This program is for girls aged 7 to 17, and focuses more on computer science. Girls will create apps and video games, build robots, code with C++ and Java, and more! They even offer scholarships! More information about this camp can be found here!

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