Summer Educational Experience at Kent

SEEK Pre-Engineering       SEEK Entrepreneurship       SEEK Interdisciplinary       SEEK Manufacturing      

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

For a full description of the 2016 SEEK programs please click here.

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SEEK 2016 Cost and Discounts

To register for a SEEK program click here.

How to Start a Business” Workshop (June 6, 2016) - Both SEEK Pre-Engineering and SEEK Entrepreneurship will start their session with an engaging and provocative four-hour business workshop- a simulation of “How To Start a Business” run by Team Business. “Students are led through an imaginary 4 months in the development of a new business and are faced with competition from other student groups all developing product in the same market. Leaders will rise to the surface but quickly find that team cooperation trumps individual brilliance.”

SEEK Pre-Engineering (June 6 - 10, 2016 or July 10 - 15, 2016)

Students take part in an Engineering experience (Manufacturing-Engineering Design-Prototyping- Robotics), complete with hands-on learning, creative problem solving, and the use of CNC prototyping machines, 3D printing using twelve 3D printers including a color printer Z540, VEX Robotics and Solar/Wind energy experiments. The session starts with “How To Start a Business” workshop and ends with team presentations and a VEX competition. Student teams will also compete in a real-world engineering challenge.

SEEK Entrepreneurship (June 6 - 10, 2016)

Dr. Keith WeigeltProfessor of Management Strategy at The Wharton School delves into the creative world of Entrepreneurship and brings an Ivy League business experience to students to explore innovative thinking, learn financial literacy, critical thinking and communication skills while working in small groups. Centered on interactive games, exercises and simulations, topics covered include Business Plan Ideas, Competitive Environments, Sales and Marketing, Pricing Strategies, Operations & Human Resource Management, Budgeting and Accounting.

SEEK Interdisciplinary Science, Engineering and Innovation (June 12 - 17, 2016)

Students learn to leverage the power of engineering and science to solve global challenges in energy, sustainability, healthcare, and international development, as outlined in the report entitled Grand Challenges for Engineering by the US National Academy of Engineering.  This program uses an multi-disciplinary approach to problem-solving, and includes sessions on: Engineering in Historical Perspective; Biomaterials for Clinical Applications; Synthetic Biology and the Global Economy; Global Agriculture: The Sustainability Challenge; Global Health: The Antimicrobial Challenge; Entrepreneurship; and Future Grand Challenges.

The program is led by Dr. Sujata Bhatia, a physician, bioengineer, and professionally licensed chemical engineer at Harvard University and the University of Delaware. She is an Associate of the Harvard Kennedy School of Government and a faculty member in the Harvard Kennedy School’s executive education program in Innovation for Economic Development.  She is also Professor of Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering and Biomedical Engineering at the University of Delaware, a top 10 program in chemical engineering.

The session will involve field visits such as Machinery and Mining Museum and the Emergency Room of a local hospital, to provide practical exposure to the students.

The program will involve faculty from Kent School and from other universities as well as college students who will serve as mentors to the participants. It will also engage industry leaders, Kent alumni and other professionals.

SEEK Team-based Engineering and Manufacturing (TEAM) (June 12 - 24, 2016)

In a two-week session, students will be introduced to key stages of engineering design and manufacturing in a hands-on way by exercising the Co-create, Design, Build and Operate (CDBO) approach developed by Dr. Daniel P. Schrage, Director of the Georgia Tech Integrated Product Lifecycle Engineering (IPLE) Laboratory.

In this camp, students will learn state-of-the-art computer aided design (CAD) using Dassault Systèmes V6 software widely used in Aerospace and Automotive industry. Once they learn how to model 3D components using CAD software, they will build their own components using 3D printers. In this camp, students will get an opportunity to participate in team-based prize challenges based on LEGO Mindstorms robots and Wind Turbines in which they will be required to design the components of the systems to improve their performance and accomplish the challenge missions. Dassault Systèmes’ social-networking based collaboration platform[SwYm] will be used to enhance the collaboration among team-members. During the weekend, the participants will be introduced to the VEX robotics platform including a VEX competition.

The researchers and graduate students from the Georgia Tech IPLE laboratory will instruct and mentor the camp participants.

Seek 2016 Cost and Discounts

To register for a SEEK program click here.

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