Summer Activities


In the past, ACE Mentor students have received a scholarship to attend the Fallingwater Summer Studio.  This opportunity is available to active ACE Mentor students again for the 2017 summer program.


Designed by Frank Lloyd Wright in 1935 for the Edgar Kaufmann family of Pittsburgh, Fallingwater is famous the world-over and attracts thousands of visitors each year. Owned and operated by the Western Pennsylvania Conservancy, it was named the “Best All-time Work of Architecture” by the American Institute of Architects in 1986, a National Historic Landmark in 1976, a Pennsylvania Commonwealth Treasure in 2000, and is in line to be recognized as a World Heritage Site by the UNESCO (United Nations Educational and Scientific Organization).

Summer Camp: During the summer, Fallingwater offers two sessions for a high school residency Architect Camp.

Click here for more information and applications for scholarships to both studios.

Testimonial from an ACE student that attended Fallinwater in 2016:

During my time at Fallingwater I was given the opportunity to delve further into the field that I love and also to learn the principles of sketching and hand drafting which I believe will help me in college and life beyond.

My favorite activity was probably the presentations at the end of the week because we were able to get constructive criticism from professionals in the field and also show off what we did all week.

To anyone considering applying for this program- It is the most fun you’ll have all summer and it is worth every second of it. From the projects to the sketching to the overall experience itself, this was an amazing opportunity and I am so happy that I did decide to apply and you will too.


Lehigh University Summer Engineering Institute

July 10, 2016 - August 6, 2016
Lehigh University | Bethlehem, Pennsylvania

Free Tuition – 50 spots available

Lehigh University’s Summer Engineering Institute (SEI) is a four-week summer residential program of intensive classroom study and research for exceptionally talented, rising high school juniors and seniors. Hosted by Lehigh’s P.C. Rossin College of Engineering and Applied Science, SEI provides enrichment experiences in the fields of engineering and technology.

Applicants must be residents of PA, NJ, NY, VA, OH, MD, or DE and a sophomore or junior attending public, charter, cyber, home or non-public secondary schools.

The deadline for candidates and educators to submit is 1.p.m. Eastern on Tuesday, March 8, 2016.


California Camp 2015 Summary

Twenty-seven top students from ACE affiliates across California and Colorado recently completed ACE’s fifth annual week-long overnight ACE CA summer camp – this year at Sacramento State University. During the eight-day camp, the students designed and built custom benches for the September 11th Memorial at the California State Fair grounds. Camp was organized by a planning committee made up of ACE Sacramento board members, Sacramento Regional Builder’s Exchange members, the AGC of CA Construction Education Foundation, the Sacramento County Office of Education, Sacramento State Construction Management Dept. as well as ACE national.

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