Summer Educational Experience at Kent

Pre-Engineering Entrepreneurship  Aviation     Grand Challenges for Engineering Manufacturing

Kent School offers multiple 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 information about or enrollment in SEEK, please contact us: For a full description of the 2016 SEEK programs, including cost and dates, click here. To register for a SEEK program, click here.

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

SEEK Pre-Engineering (June 6 - 10, 2016 or July 10 - 15, 2016) - Students took part in an engineering experience (Manufacturing-Engineering Design-Prototyping- Robotics), complete with hands-on learning, creative problem solving, 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 started with “How To Start a Business” workshop and ended with team presentations and a VEX competition. Student teams also competed in a real-world engineering challenge.

SEEK Entrepreneurship (June 6 - 10, 2016) - Dr. Keith WeigeltProfessor of Management Strategy at The Wharton School delved into the creative world of entrepreneurship and brought 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 included Business Plan Ideas, Competitive Environments, Sales and Marketing, Pricing Strategies, Operations & Human Resource Management, Budgeting and Accounting.

SEEK Aviation Science and Technology (June 6 - 11, 2016) - An introduction to aviation through an exciting agenda:

Monday June 6th:  Aeronautics/Fundamentals of Flight (Georgia Tech instructor & background)
Tuesday June 7thAircraft Performance/Weight and Balance, Federal Aviation Regulations (FARs) and Aeronautical Information Manual (AIM)
Wednesday June 8thAviation meteorology/Interpreting weather data (Nick Gregory, Performance Flight Chief Pilot and Chief Meteorologist WNYW TV Fox 5 in New York City)
Thursday June 9th: Flight planning/Navigation
Friday June 10thExperience Flight. Participants visited Westchester airport and received a brief explanation of the Cirrus SR20 including all of the safety innovations (CAPS: Cirrus Airframe Parachute System) making air travel the safest method of transportation. Then, they got in the plane with the controls in their hands! The instructor took off and students experienced the excitement as they left the ground for the first time. Once in the air, the instructor gave them a chance to try flying themselves. The flight lasted for approximately one hour in the air.
Saturday June 11th:  Flight Safety International Teterboro Learning Center.  Full Motion Dassault Falcon Jet simulator.

The supervisor of the program is Mr. Gar Flickinger ‘91 and Emery Aviation College ‘97, a professional pilot with UPS Airlines, currently based in Anchorage, AK. For a full description of the 2016 SEEK Aviation program please click here.

SEEK Grand Challenges for Engineering in the 21st Century (June 12 - 17, 2016) - Grand Challenges for Engineering in the 21st Century: Interdisciplinary Science, Engineering and Innovation

Students learned 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 used a multi-disciplinary approach to problem-solving, and included 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 was 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 involved 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 involved faculty from Kent School and from other universities as well as college students who will serve as mentors to the participants. It engaged industry leaders, Kent alumni and other professionals.

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

In a two-week session, students were 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 learned state-of-the-art computer aided design (CAD) using Dassault Systèmes V6 software widely used in Aerospace and Automotive industry. Once they learned how to model 3D components using CAD software, they built their own components using 3D printers. In this camp, students got an opportunity to participate in team-based prize challenges based on LEGO Mindstorms robots and Wind Turbines in which they were 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 were introduced to the VEX robotics platform including a VEX competition.

The researchers and graduate students from the Georgia Tech IPLE laboratory instructed and mentored the camp participants.

Seek 2016 Cost

To register for a SEEK program click here.

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