June 30, 2021 – IDEAA Summer program has been adapted to be delivered in person.

March 1, 2021 – Due to the ongoing pandemic the IDEAA Summer program will be primarily offered online (80% virtual and 20% in-person). Industry visits will continue to be virtual. In-person activities will be outdoors (e.g. campus visits, outdoors STEM activities, and outdoors games or contactless sports).

Updated Dates: July 12-23, 2021

Reduced Cost: $500

Financial assistance available

2021 IDEAA Summer Program Details

2021 IDEAA Summer Program Details

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Who is Eligible?

Students who have at least completed 8th grade and are between 14 and 17 years old. Preference is given to students who have taken at least one design or engineering class and who are going into 11th or 12th grade.

Application Deadline

  • Early Bird Deadline: April 16th, 2021
  • Extended Deadline: June 28th, 2021

Spots available. Currently accepting applications.


  • The program will be located at the Ruckus Makerspace in Indianapolis.
  • When and if possible we may arrange field trips. 

Program Dates

  • July 8, 2021:  Virtual Parents and Students Orientation
  • July 12, 2021:  Summer Program Starts 
  • July 23, 2021: Tentative Date for Students Final Presentations

Program Times

  • Between 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM.

Program Fees

  • Registration Fee: $35 per student
  • Reduced Tuition: $500 (Regular), $1,000 (Out-of-State) per student
  • Financial Assistant to cover up to the full tuition is available on a case by case basis and based on need.

The tuition amount represents about 50% of the total cost per student, the other 50% of the cost is covered by grants and donations. From these grants and donations, we have created a fund to offset the cost of the program for families that request financial assistance. The level of financial assistance will depend on available funding and level of need. Each student may request up to $750 in financial assistance to offset or cover the cost of the program. Program tuition for out-of-state students is $1,500. Students are also encouraged to seek sponsorship from other foundations, schools, businesses, and organizations.

To qualify for financial assistance a family will have to demonstrate economic hardship by providing evidence (e.g. student’s participation in free and reduced meals at school, federal income tax returns, any document showing recurring expenses like mortgage, rent, student debt, etc.). We will consider financial assistance for families with a gross income below 300% of Federal Poverty Levels ( and/or students who are currently participating in Free and Reduced Meals programs.

Program tuition includes workshops, industry visits, use of laboratory equipment, materials, and meals during in-person activities. The program tuition is collected only when the student is accepted into the program. Program fees are non-refundable after the program starts.

IDEAA Summer Program Objectives

  1. Motivate and train high school students to become innovators in fields of Innovation, Design, Engineering, Advanced-Manufacturing, and Automation.
  2. Create an environment of innovation and creativity among participants.
  3. Promote the importance of networking and teamwork.
  4. Generate new concepts, ideas, and technologies for the development of new products and services.

After graduating from the IDEAA Summer Program, students will be eligible for various internship opportunities provided by industry partners throughout Central Indiana. All IDEAA Summer Program Graduates can count on the guidance and support of Health & Science Innovations during their academic career, and are regularly invited to STEM and social events throughout the year.

Innovation, Design, Engineering, Advanced-Manufacturing and Automation

The IDEAA Partnership is a Health & Science Innovations workforce development initiative, and a cross-sector partnership dedicated to the implementation of a comprehensive pipeline that attracts and prepares new talent to meet the needs of employers with engineering, prototyping, and manufacturing operations; through hands-on workshops, courses, certification curriculum, credentialing, project based learning and practice opportunities. Partners include DirectEmployers Institute,, First Maker Space, and Maker Youth Foundation. This initiative is supported by industry partners and philanthropic individuals who invest in education and workforce development.


For more information please contact us at or Apply Now. Further application instructions can be found in the online application.