Three-Week Summer Engineering Program
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Dive into computer programming, mechanical engineering, and electronic engineering principles this summer. Engineering Research will focus primarily on the development of a robotic sailboat, meaning students will learn advanced techniques while spending time outside!
To begin, students will learn the basics of sailing to develop knowledge of the factors they’ll need to take into consideration while creating their own boat. To gain even more of an edge, we’ll also study the strategy that goes into racing sailboats competitively. After this, the program will move onto programming and sailing instrumented radio-control sailboats according to algorithms that students create themselves. Finally, students will sail and conduct experimental research on the robotic sailboats.
This is a competitive admissions summer research program designed for teens.
Date: July 15th – August 2nd
Dana Hall – Wellesley, MA
Additional portions of this program often focus heavily on robotics. Past students have created boats that can hold a small steam engine! This allowed students to dive into the process of soldering as well as more advanced coding. Veering off into another direction, we’ve also had students create their own portable stereo speaker set with custom-designed packaging, allowing them to apply their new skills to an entirely different type of creation.
In past years, students attending the Engineering Research summer program have gone on a multitude of field trips in previous years. They have gone on a Boston University tour of their EPIC center, where they were able to use state-of-the-art 3D printing and other industrial tools. They have been on the MIT tour, where they saw advanced facilities and the next generation of top-level engineers in action. They went on the Olin College tour, where they saw the exclusive college’s cutting-edge equipment and have visited Liberty Fleet Tall Ship.
Matthew Bowers is a PhD candidate in Robotics Engineering at Worcester Polytechnic Institute, which is consistently ranked in the top 5% of engineering schools in the country. Mr. Bowers previously earned his Masters in Robotics Engineering from WPI, as well as his Bachelors in both Mechanical and Electrical Engineering. While completing his own studies at WPI, he has also collaborated with Toyota as a graduate research assistant and acted as a teaching assistant for Foundations of Robotics and Robot Control. Mr. Bowers has industry experience as the lead engineer at Ras Labs, Inc, and he is skilled in C++, Python, Arduino, CAD, and much more. His primary interests include aquatic robotics, bio-mimetic robotics, and soft robotics.
‘Our program was very much fun combined with learning. I was new to 3D printing and CAD and gained a lot from Mr. Tessier’s teaching. The coding was a lot of fun and we got to tweak around a lot with it. The most appreciable aspect about the program was that it was flexible and we could choose how we wanted to spend our time and what we wanted.’
‘The program was entertaining, engaging and offered numerous opportunities for me to learn and grow. The engineering aspects of the program were true to what I expected.’
‘Everything was great. The program included a lot of hands-on work. They expanded my knowledge of engineering greatly.’
‘The program inspired me to learn through working. The teacher is very kind and smart.’
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