Investigations in Engineering
- Grade 9+
- Science and Engineering
Engineering is an art that requires ingenuity, the ability to understand the components of a problem, facility in design, and the capacity to find creative solutions. This course introduces you to the excitement and challenges of scientific investigation with the aim of applying those results to create beneficial engineering designs. We’ll do more than calculate solutions to well-posed, simplified problems: we’ll translate complicated questions that real engineers encounter into projects that can be tackled and solved. These open-ended assignments require hands-on exploration—in the laboratory (material properties), in the field (remote measurement), and in a virtual environment (logic circuit design. You and your classmates will apply your knowledge of materials and their physical properties along with problem-solving techniques for statics and trusses to construct a bridge subject to constraints. Then we’ll see which bridge withstands the greatest load!
Typical Class Size: 18-20
- Translate real-world problems into solvable ones using mathematical representations and physical or virtual models
- Apply principles of scientific investigation and the engineering-design process to develop and evaluate creative solutions, while balancing constraints
- Measure and interpret the results of experiments conducted on design projects, including “veritable” laboratories, virtually simulated experiments, and constructing a bridge out of spaghetti and epoxy
- Develop, defend, and present a response to a Request –for proposal, working collaboratively and communicating ideas in multiple ways
- Consider the ethical implications of your work as an engineer as impacting users and the larger society
Summer Dates & Locations
Testing and Prerequisites
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Course PrerequisitesInvestigations in Engineering requires:
Cost and Financial Aid
- Nonrefundable Application Fee - $50 (Waived for financial aid applicants)
- Nonrefundable International Fee - $250 (outside US only)
Financial Aid is available
We are committed to serving all talented youth regardless of financial circumstances. Financial assistance is available based on need.
Please acquire all course materials by the course start date, unless noted as perishable. Items marked as “perishable” should not be acquired until the student needs them in the course. If you have questions about these materials or difficulty locating them, please contact [email protected].
Course Extras (Lab fee info, etc): Lab fee: $145
These titles have been featured in past sessions of the course, and may be included this summer. CTY provides students with all texts; no purchase is required.
- Engineering and the Mind’s Eye, Ferguson
Students must bring a tablet, laptop computer, or Chromebook for use during the session. A smartphone will not be sufficient.
About Science and Engineering at CTY
Explore space and our planet
In our Introduction to Astronomy course, we’ll visit a nearby observatory or planetarium, see what the cosmos looks like through various spectra, and immerse ourselves in the science and technology that bring the universe closer to home. In Marine Ecology, we’ll visit local wetlands and tidepools, observe flora and fauna, collect water samples and analyze them for clues about their health and humans’ impact. And in The Global Environment, we will explore the human impact on our environment and generate proposals for addressing climate change.
Bond over chemistry
Our chemistry courses help you see the world differently, starting at the atomic level. The Edible World gives budding chefs and science lovers a glimpse into the chemical reactions that happen when we make food, and the chemical makeup of meals and treats we eat every day. In our Crystals and Polymers course, we’ll synthesize slime, grow rock candy, and isolate strawberry DNA to learn about the molecular structure of naturally occurring gems and human-produced plastics. In Chemistry in Society, we’ll consider how the chemicals in products can both enhance and degrade the world around us; produce biodiesel in a lab to understand alternative fuels; and prepare aspirin to learn about the healing and toxic properties of pharmaceuticals.