Galaxy Program


Applications are now closed for the 2021 season.

Galaxy Program is a 5-day program for current 8th and 9th-grade Michigan students. During the program, participants will become immersed in fundamental disciplines of Aerospace Engineering and space science at the nation’s oldest aerospace program. This program is run in partnership with the Detroit Area Pre-College Engineering Program (DAPCEP). The University of Michigan started the first collegiate aeronautics program in the United States in 1914. But it doesn’t stop there. Both our undergraduate and graduate programs rank in the Top 5 in the nation by U.S. News and World Report. This program will be held virtually for the Summer 2021 Season.

EligibilityPriceProgram Dates
Current 8th & 9th Grade Michigan Residents*$50July 12- July 16


Galaxy Participants will be exposed to the fundamentals of Aerospace engineering and other engineering topics that are used by those in the aerospace industry. Applicable science and math concepts are taught as they relate to the student’s projects.

We have a curriculum that changes year-to-year based on scholar and instructor feedback. Each year scholars can anticipate engaging in challenging projects that are specifically designed to impart essential skills that lead to success in the Engineering field. During summer 2020, students created Mars Rover replicas and each student implemented unique modifications to solve real problems that aeronautics engineers face in their designs.


At Engineering OnRamp, we recognize that success in the College of Engineering depends on students having a wide array of skills that go beyond math and science knowledge. EO101 is a curriculum developed by our staff to discuss both hard and soft skills that are necessary for academic, social and personal success and persistence in a competitive institution of higher education, like the University of Michigan. Topics include persistence, self-advocacy, finance, college admissions, emotional wellbeing, and much more! Specific topics are chosen based on program content, grade level and are included in all of our programs.

Alumni, Faculty, & Student Engagement

Throughout the program students will get a taste of their potential future with Michigan Engineering. Panel discussions with current undergraduate students, lectures from Faculty about their research, and presentations by Michigan Engineering Alumni about their careers in their field are built into the programming.


Due to the COVID-19 Pandemic, our team has made the public health informed decision to provide our summer programs virtually for the Summer 2021 Season. Student safety is at the forefront of our priorities. Last summer we were able to host robust virtual programming with hands-on at home projects led by our instructors. Check out highlights from last year HERE.

Programming will be a combination of synchronous virtual sessions with hands-on engineering kits provided to students. Program hours are from 9am to 1pm Monday through Friday with optional programming from 2pm-3pm. Students must be committed to attend all sessions and can not participate in overlapping programming. *Schedule subject to change

Additional questions about our programs? Check out our FAQ page!

*All Engineering OnRamp Participants must be a U.S. Citizen or Permanent Resident of the U.S