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Applied Physics & Engineering

Three-Week Summer Engineering Program 2024

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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.

This program provides a great pre-college experience for teens considering an engineering or computer science major.

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This is a competitive admissions summer research program designed for teens.

Student tests out airplane built in the Applied Physics and Engineering three-week summer program

Summer 2024 Dates:

July 1-19, 2024  | Olin/Wellesley, MA

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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.”

Instructor: Laurence "Larry" Lovett

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.

Student Comments from Summer 2023

‘The program was a great enjoyable experience. Professor Lovett made the Applied Physics and Engineering program interesting and memorable. The remote control airplane was definitely the best. I had lots of fun with my peers and made lots of memories.’

I liked how the majority of the program was hands on and I felt that I was usually doing something vs. just listening to lectures the whole time. I also liked how approachable the teachers were I felt like they encouraged us to ask questions.’

I enjoyed the program since it was very hands-on. I also had fun on field trips. Prof Lovett was really patient with us and helped us change our planes until they flew. We had a lot of opportunities to be creative and so much freedom and now I know what we built overall. I had a lot of fun and learned so much.’

The program is an amazing way to socialize with other kids around the world. The program seriously taught me more about engineering and airplanes. It was a productive three weeks!’

Note: This page represents our best expectations for the program we will deliver, but is subject to change. We will update this page as new information becomes available.

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