Summer Educational Experience at Kent: A Successful 2015!

SEEK1       SEEK2       SEEK3       SEEK4      K-12 Teachers Workshop

This summer, Kent School offered 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.

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How to Start a Business” Workshop (June 8, 2015) - Both SEEK1 and SEEK2 will start their session with an engaging and provocative four-hour business workshop- a simulation of “How To Start a Business” run by TeamBusiness. “Students are led through an imaginary 6 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.”

SEEK1: Pre-Engineering (June 8 - 12, 2015)

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 a color printer Z540 and a MakerBot Replicator2 (Fifth Gen.), 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.

SEEK2: Entrepreneurship (June 8 - 12, 2015)

Dr. Keith Weigelt, Professor 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.

SEEK3: Interdisciplinary Science, Engineering and Innovation (June 15 - 19, 2015)

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. She is the Assistant Director for Undergraduate Studies in Biomedical Engineering at Harvard and is an advisor to all Harvard undergraduate students in bioengineering and biomedical 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.

SEEK4: Team-based Engineering and Manufacturing (TEAM) (June 15 - 26, 2015)

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.

Georgia Tech (TEAM) K-12 Teachers Workshop (June 19 - 21, 2015)

In collaboration with the Georgia Tech Integrated Product Lifecycle Engineering (IPLE) Laboratory under the leadership of Daniel P. Schrage 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 hands-on demonstration of 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.

Click here for the report on the inaugural SEEK4 and Kent School/Georgia Tech Teachers Workshop.

Click here for printable SEEK 2015 program information (PDF). 

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