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The Science House and Young Engineers continue to offer a one-of-a-kind hybrid program, meeting for a total of 48 hours over the course of four months. Students will convene twice a week online, where a teacher will conduct a live, interactive lesson where the students are able to participate and ask questions. Students can also review these lessons at anytime. Outside of class, students will work on engineering projects during the week. Students even have access to their instructor outside of the lessons, with the ability to contact them via email or call with questions. Furthermore, the students will meet at The Science House on North Carolina State's campus every other week for two hours to do additional, cooperative construction and lab work. Our goal is to educate students through the use of both engineering and scientific methods in hands-on, minds-on projects taught by experienced educators who are leaders in STEM education.

Topics Covered:

3D Printing
Aircraft Design / Aerospace
Bioengineering
Computer Aided Design
Electronics

Flight
Game Programming
Internet of Everything
Material Engineering
Microcontrollers

Nanotechnology
Physical Computing
Robotics
Synthetic Biology
Web Page creation and hosting


All of our students will design, build and create using math and science:

3D Printing
Taken right out of the future, 3D Printing is the process of making three-dimensional solid objects from a digital object. It almost seems like a magical process. Your child will learn about 3D Printing and drawing. Using a 3D printer, they will manufacture their very own product they designed. This experience will help them in the near future, as 3D printers become part of the everyday world.
See Makerbot for more information.

Arduino
Arduino is a microcomputer that is embedded into other objects. Arduino microcontrollers are the brains in 3D printers and Quadcopters. Arduinos mean your child can make robots and automate device without the need of an expensive kit or special tools.

Bioengineering
If computers and electronics marked the last century, then biotechnology looks to have the same impact on the future of everyday life. Students will explore this field by examining DNA and will learn how we can duplicate it in the lab. Students will use a PCR machine to help them duplicate sections of their own DNA.
See OpenPCR for more information.

During our unit on neurobiology, they will see how electronics and programming may impact our health. As part of studying these fascinating topics, students will control a robot using their own motor neurons. We will look at programming prosthetic devices.
See Backyard Brain for more information.

Finally, massive amount of data are being produced in biology labs across the world. We will investigate biometrics and big data to see how this new technology is changing the face of biology.
See Wired Magazine – Too much data – Big data biology

Nanotechnology
Nanotechnology is the science of the very small. How small? How about machines the sizes of atoms. Even more exciting is that the properties of some elements change as they shrink to the nano size. It’s as if the periodic table just got a lot bigger by making materials a lot smaller.

Unity Game Engine
Use what the pros use. That is what they say and the pros use the Unity Game Engine to make many of today’s games. We will build on the programming concepts we learn this fall to explore advance computer topics building games that will surely impress. Anyone can play a game, let’s create one!


Reviews/Testimonials

  • "This is hands down the best thing we have done for Nikko since we began homeschooling. We are all thrilled with Young Engineers.  An even bigger thanks for your enthusiasm and passion for teaching engineering.  Nikko has always  been extremely interested in Science and Technology, but now it’s like a fire has been lit inside of him.  I can’t tell you how exciting this is for me"!  - Sheila
  • "Robbie does all his homework, watches the videos, uses software you send and answers all the questions.  He loves your class.  I have never homechooled a child before and it really is a great thing for Robbie to have this opportunity." – Meredith
  • "To say Teddy is loving the course would be an understatement…. His brother can’t wait until he can do it too." – Tamara
  • "Thank you for all you are doing to stimulate Kamryn’s interests and connect her math knowledge to the real world.  I have not seen her so interested in anything since her first set of legos several years ago!" -  Angie
  • "Thanks for everything.  I cannot tell you how much he is enjoying this group!" – Kristin.

Why are we offering this course?

Our mission is first and foremost to help create the next generation of engineers and programmers. We also hope that this workshop peaks your interest in Young Engineers Of Today. We offer a variety engineering enrichment classes for young people of all levels where students become technology creators, not just consumers.


Fall 2014 Course Schedule

This program will be for 5th - 12th grade students. Class Schedules are as follows:

High School (Current 9th - 12th Graders)

Where: The Science House, NC State University
Length: Four months, totaling 48 contact hours*
Webinars: Monday AND Wednesday @ 5:00PM OR 8:00PM (student's choice) beginning September 3 (see Calendar) - 1-hour seminar each day
Lab Meetings: Every other Saturday: 2:00PM beginning September 6 (schedule will change slightly with the Holidays) (see Calendar) - 2-hour hands-on lab
Course Size: 16 students
Cost:

$492 (includes material cost)

Middle School (Current 7th - 8th Graders)

Where: The Science House, NC State University
Length Four months, totaling 48 contact hours*
Webinars: Monday AND Wednesday @ 1:30pm OR 3:30pm OR 6:30pm (student's choice) beginning September 3 (see Calendar) - 1-hour seminar each day
Lab Meetings: Every other Saturday, 11:30am beginning September 6 (schedule will change slightly with the Holidays) (see Calendar) - 2-hour hands-on lab
Course Size: 16 students
Cost: $492 (includes material cost)

Upper Elementary/Lower Middle School (Current 5th - 6th Graders)

Where: The Science House, NC State University
Length Four months, totaling 48 contact hours*
Webinars: Monday AND Wednesday @ 5:00PM OR 6:30PM (student's choice) beginning September 3 (see Calendar) - 1-hour seminar each day
Lab Meetings: Every other week, Saturday: 9:00AM beginning September 6 (see Calendar) - 2-hour hands-on lab
Course Size: 16 students
Class Supplies: $492 (includes material cost)

 *Please note: Students will be working on projects outside of ‘direct’ class time. They will be doing considerably more than just 48 hours of engineering and science.

**Learn more about Young Engineers at this website!

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