Summer Educational Experience at Kent (SEEK)

SEEK1       SEEK2       SEEK3       SEEK4      K-12 Teachers Workshop

This summer, Kent School will offer four programs designed to give high school students, including those who will be beginning ninth grade, the chance to experience engineering education and entrepreneurship. The Summer Educational Experience at Kent (SEEK) will be offered in partnerships with professionals from several institutions including U. Penn’s Wharton Business School, Harvard Kennedy School, and the Georgia Tech Integrated Product Lifecycle Engineering (IPLE) Laboratory.

For information about or enrollment in SEEK, contact us:


SEEK1: Pre-Engineering Students take part in an Engineering experience complete with hands-on learning, creative problem solving, and the use of CNC prototyping machines, 3D color printing, Vex Robotics and Solar/Wind energy experiments.  The week will end with a collaborative competition.

Biosketch of Presenters & Instructors
SEEK1 Agenda
Photos from SEEK1 2014


SEEK2: Entrepreneurship Wharton Business School Professor Keith Weigelt will delve into the creative world of Entrepreneurship. Students will explore innovative thinking while working in small groups. Topics covered include Business Plan Ideas, Competitive Environments, Sales and Marketing, Pricing Strategies, Operations & Human Resource Management, Budgeting and Accounting.

Both SEEK1 and SEEK2 will have a simulation of “How To Start a Business” run by TeamBusiness.

Biosketch of Presenters & Instructors
SEEK2 Agenda
Photos from SEEK2 2014


SEEK3: Science, Engineering and Innovation Students learn how to leverage the power of engineering to solve global economic challenges as outlined in the report on Grand Challenges for Engineeringby the US National Academy of Engineering. This session includes themes selected from, but not limited to: Engineering in Economic History; Energy and Water; Health, Food and Nutrition; and Music and Society. The program is implemented in partnership with the Science, Technology and Globalization Project at Harvard Kennedy School and led by its director, Professor Calestous Juma. It involves field visits to provide practical exposure to the students. Additional assistance is provided by firms such as Nokero Corporation. It also engages industry leaders, Kent alumni and other professionals.

Participants start with the weekend spent in the Boston area visiting laboratories at Harvard University’s Wyss Institute, the Harvard School of Engineering and Applied Sciences and the Genetically Engineered Machine (iGEM) Foundation, an offshoot of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

The National Academy of Engineering recently challenged engineers and the general public to make a 2-minute video about the true meaning of engineering. Dr. Sujata Bhatia’s video can be viewed below.  Dr. Bhatia was a keynote speaker for SEEK3 in 2013.

SEEK3 Prospectus


SEEK4: Team-based Engineering and Manufacturing (TEAM) In a two-week session, students will be introduced to key stages of engineering and manufacturing in a hands-on way through exercising the Co-create, Design, Build and Operate (CDBO) product development functions . This team-based session will be run under the guidance of  Dr. Daniel P. Schrage, Director of the Georgia Tech Integrated Product Lifecycle Engineering (IPLE) Laboratory.  Dr. Nate Sirirojvisuth, the IPLE Lab manager, along with graduate and undergraduate students from the IPLE Lab will instruct and help mentor the student teams.

Students will be provided STEM instruction for the prize challenges they will implement, along with the necessary systems engineering methods. They will also be taught state-of-the-art computer aided design (CAD) using Dassault Systèmes V6 software which is based on the principles of Product Lifecycle Management (PLM). They will be introduced to the principles of Design for Manufacturing (DFM) and the need for design and manufacturing tradeoffs. They will build their own products using 3D printers based on their  CAD models from the V6 software. The Dassault Systemes social-networking based collaboration platform[SwYm] will also be used to enhance the Teams “hybrid” collaborative component, where the competing teams are made up of mixed groups from other distributed summer camps. During the weekend, the participants will be introduced to the VEX robotics platform including a VEX competition.

SEEK4 Agenda


Georgia Tech (TEAM) K-12 Teachers Workshop In collaboration with the Georgia Tech Integrated Product Lifecycle Engineering (IPLE) Laboratory under the leadership of Daniel P. Schrage and  Dr. Nate Sirirojvisuth, the Manager of the IPLE Lab, this workshop will:

  • Introduce K-12 teachers to key stages of engineering product development in a hands-on way through the Co-create, Design, Build and Operate (CDBO) approach using three activity challenges (Aerial Vehicle, Ground Vehicle, and Renewable Energy)
  • Provide an overview of how to start a pre-engineering program and run a VEX robotics program.
  • Provide instruction for Dassault Systèmes V6 software, which enables development of a product using principles of Product Lifecycle Management (PLM).
  • Introduce principles of Design for Manufacturing (DFM), using 3D printers to build a product using CATIA design models.

The K-12 Teachers Workshop will take place from July 18th – 20th, 2014

Workshop Agenda


SEEK1 and SEEK2 took place from June 2nd - 6th, 2014.
SEEK3 took place from June 7th - 13th, 2014.
SEEK4 takes place from July 14th - 25th, 2014.
The K-12 Teachers Workshop takes place from July 18th - 20th, 2014.

Click here to apply to any SEEK program for students.
Click here to apply to the Teachers Workshop.
Click here for more information on last year’s unique and exciting SEEK programs.
Click here for the 2014 program brochure.

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