Summer Educational Experience at Kent (SEEK)

SEEK1       SEEK2       SEEK3       SEEK4      K-12 Teachers Workshop

This summer, Kent School offered 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) was 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.

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SEEK1: Pre-Engineering Students took 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 ended with a collaborative competition.

Biosketch of Presenters & Instructors
SEEK1 Agenda
Photos from SEEK1 2014

SEEK2: Entrepreneurship Wharton Business School Professor Keith Weigelt delved into the creative world of Entrepreneurship. Students explored innovative thinking while working in small groups. Topics covered included 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 learned how to leverage the power of engineering to solve global economic challenges as outlined in the report on Grand Challenges for Engineering by the US National Academy of Engineering. This session included themes selected from, but not limited to: Engineering in Economic History; Energy and Water; Health, Food and Nutrition; and Music and Society. The program was implemented in partnership with the Science, Technology and Globalization Project at Harvard Kennedy School and led by its director, Professor Calestous Juma. It involved field visits to provide practical exposure to the students. Additional assistance was provided by firms such as Nokero Corporation. It also engaged industry leaders, Kent alumni and other professionals.

Participants started 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 were 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 ran 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 instructed and helped mentor the student teams.

Students were provided STEM instruction for the prize challenges they implemented, along with the necessary systems engineering methods. They also were 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 were introduced to the principles of Design for Manufacturing (DFM) and the need for design and manufacturing tradeoffs. They built their own products using 3D printers based on their CAD models from the V6 software. The Dassault Systemes social-networking based collaboration platform[SwYm] was also used to enhance the Teams “hybrid” collaborative component, where the competing teams were made up of mixed groups from other distributed summer camps. During the weekend, the participants were 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:

  • Introduced 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)
  • Provided an overview of how to start a pre-engineering program and run a VEX robotics program.
  • Provided instruction for Dassault Systèmes V6 software, which enables development of a product using principles of Product Lifecycle Management (PLM).
  • Introduced principles of Design for Manufacturing (DFM), using 3D printers to build a product using CATIA design models.

Workshop Agenda

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

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

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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