The 2nd P-12 Engineering and Design Education Research Summit brings together researchers in the nascent field of P-12 engineering education research. The conference provides a nationally unique space for researchers to meet and discuss research as there are no other venues available, where researchers can find a “high concentration” of people working in the same field. This summit functions also as a space to develop engineering education research capacity: (1) a doctoral consortium, which provides Ph.D. students with the opportunity to receive mentorship and individual feedback on their proposals, and (2) sessions which function as workshops to provide professional development opportunity for staffers and researchers.