Three-Week Summer Engineering Program
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Thinking about a career in Engineering? Employ electrical engineering, mechanical engineering, and computer programming in challenging hands-on projects. One team project involves using Arduino to program a sailboat designed for speed or for maneuvering around buoys on a racecourse. Engineering clubs at MIT and Olin College design and compete using these types of sailboats. Students build the components and learn the ins and outs of soldering, wiring, and circuitry. They then bring the excitement outdoors, sailing their models on the same lake in Wellesley used by college engineering teams. Teams compete against the clock and other teams in sailboat regattas, observing and calibrating the performance of their creations from the shoreline. They conduct experimental research to improve the sailboat’s functioning.
Students also used a 3D Printer and CAD to design and create their own boat designed to complete and compete on various tasks in a pool. Other years, students have built a portable stereo speaker set with custom-designed packaging.
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.
Alligator Boat Project
‘Our program was making an alligator boat from scratch. I
enjoyed the independence and the flexibility that was provided when making the boat. I liked how the teacher guided rather than lectured’
– Student Comment, Engineering Research Summer 2017
3D Printing Projects
‘Our program was very much fun combined with learning. I was new to 3D printing and CAD and gained a lot from our teacher. 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.’
– Student Comment, Engineering Research Summer 2018
‘I liked building the boats and exploring coding. I also liked the electrical aspects and soldering and building the materials. Sailing the boats on the lake was fun… We learned to collaborate and all generate ideas’
– Student Comment, Engineering Research Summer 2019
‘I loved how hands-on the program was. I felt the combination of class time with real labs immediately following was very beneficial. I loved the teachers for their drive for the subjects they taught and their witty humor. I also enjoyed talking to them outside of the classroom setting.’
– Student Comment, Engineering Research 2019
Students enrolled the Engineering Research summer program have gone on a multitude of field trips. They have taken a tour of the Boston University 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. They have sailed on the Liberty Fleet Tall Ship.
NOTE: COVID will impact field trips. We cannot guarantee any given field trip will run as in past years or at all.
Instructor: Matthew Bowers
Dr. Bowers received his Ph.D. in Robotics Engineering from Worcester Polytechnic Institute. He has experience in engineering design, development, research, and education. He is skilled in Circuit Design, Mechanical Design, Robotic Control, Machining, 3D Printing, Python, and more. Dr. Bowers taught our Engineering Research program in 2019 and will be returning to BLI to teach for us again this summer!
Student Comments from Summer 2023
‘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.’
‘The program was really fun overall and I liked Matt. I liked being able to work for a long time on the project and learn about arduino and CAD. Also I thought there were good labs to be able to 3D print things.’
‘I really liked that our teacher Matt sat down with me and helped me with code. He was really knowledgeable about the content. I really enjoyed having the autonomy to create our own steering system and code.’
‘The teachers were nice, I made friends, the field trips were interesting, and Matt was knowledgeable.’
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