Over their three years in the Accelerate program, students are required to attend one Saturday Experience annually. Transportation to and from Saturday Experiences is the responsibility of each student and his or her parents, although Accelerate can assist in arranging carpools or buses for long-distance trips. If students choose and space allows, they are encouraged to attend more than one Saturday Experience each year.
The aim of Saturday Experiences is to offer Accelerate students opportunities to see real-world engineering processes and practices and to expose them to various engineering career possibilities. Experiences always occur on Saturdays and can take anywhere from half a day to a full day. At the beginning of the academic year, students are presented with the schedule of Saturday Experiences. After they rank their preferences, they are assigned an Experience on a first-come, first-served basis.
In previous years, Saturday Experiences have included the following trips and workshops: