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Open to: Grades 3-5
Prerequisites: Qualifying math score
Course Length: 12 weeks (Fall, Winter, Early Summer, Mid-Summer)
Course Code: IEYS
CTY’s Inventions in Engineering introduces young students to the world of inventors and inventions. It begins with a brief historical perspective of engineering and inventions, to help students recognize the inventions they use in their daily lives. Lessons on the scientific process and the fundamentals of engineering prepare students to complete the independent projects which are central to the course. Students use online forums to discuss their projects and learn how other students use the same materials to achieve different results. Students keep an “Idea Log,” a diary of ideas they will use as they complete their final project and presentation. The themes of problem solving and creativity are fostered throughout the course.
This course requires the purchase of a Materials Kit and several common household items found in this Materials List. Please review the materials requirements before enrolling in the course and make sure to have all materials before the course begins.
This course requires a properly maintained computer with high-speed internet access and an up-to-date web browser (such as Chrome or Firefox). The student must be able to communicate with the instructor via email. Visit the Technical Requirements and Support page for more details.
This course uses an online virtual classroom for discussions with the instructor. The classroom works on standard computers with the Adobe Connect Add-in or Adobe Flash plugin, and also tablets or handhelds that support the Adobe Connect Mobile app. Students who are unable to attend live sessions will need a computer with the Adobe Connect Add-in or Adobe Flash plugin installed to watch recorded meetings. The Adobe Connect Add-in, Adobe Flash plugin, and Adobe Connect Mobile app are available for free download. Students who do not have the Flash plug-in installed or enabled on their browsers will be prompted to download and install the Adobe Connect add-in when accessing the virtual classroom.
Students must use Adobe Acrobat Reader to fill PDFs in this course. The latest version of Adobe Acrobat Reader can be downloaded for free.