Applied Physics & Engineering
Three-Week Summer Engineering Program
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This hands-on program, designed for high school students who are preparing to take high school Physics or have already completed it, covers critical laws of flight, gravity, and motion, as well as broader topics within aeronautics and aerospace technologies.
Students construct and test model airplanes while examining thrust, lift, drag, and weight under varying conditions. During their experiments, they will also explore the ways in which ailerons, elevators, rudders, and flaps affect an aircraft’s aerodynamics and stability.
Many lectures and exercises will center around acceleration, centripetal force, and g-force. Last year, students experienced these forces themselves at Canobie Lake Park on rides such as the Turkish Twist, and they also visited the New England Air Museum. We hope to take students on these field trips again this summer!
This program provides a great pre-college experience for teens considering an engineering or computer science major.
This is a competitive admissions summer research program designed for teens.
This Program Sold Out Last Summer
Date: July 1st – July 19th
Dana Hall – Wellesley, MA
Research, Labs, & Presentations
Students’ own descriptions appear below.
“We learned about planes and how part of them function. Our teacher did a great job explaining the different variables that influence planes. We learned about certain laws that are important in the world of physics. I like how we got our own chance to build a basic plane and got to really fly it.”
“I liked that we covered the mathematical part of physics that tied into our projects. Our teacher let us test our ideas as to what engineers do. I’m glad that we were able to design things from scratch and not do set projects.”
“I enjoyed that we were allowed to work through problems on our own, and revise our design using what we learned.”
“We learned about aerodynamics and physics along with building planes. I really liked building and flying planes.”
“I enjoyed learning about the physics and equations for how a plane flies. It was very interesting and engaging. Building the foam planes was also very cool.”
Past field trips have included trips to:
New England Air Museum where students were able to see (and even sit inside) aircraft ranging from early flying machines to supersonic jets. Students examined aircraft engines and WWII fighter planes. They explored the birth of aviation and learned about aviation pioneers.
MIT Museum where students explored interactional exhibits and displays of prototypes, innovations, and breakthroughs in high-tech objects and scientific instrumentation.
Canobie Lake Park where students experienced Newton’s Laws in action. They used accelerometers to measure vertical acceleration in “g’s,” the angle to which BBs rise to track horizontal acceleration, and sextants to employ triangulation to estimate distance.”
Laurence Lovett earned his Master’s degree in Experimental Physics after earning his undergraduate degree from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. Laurence currently teaches Physics, Engineering, and Robotics at Wellesley High School, one of the top public schools in Massachusetts.
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