The Summer College Engineering program is one of SU’s premier summer programs for high school students. It combines a college-level introduction to engineering with study in related subjects. Explore the roles of creativity and problem-solving in the profession and learn a variety of tools used in engineering.
The Aerospace Engineering course examines the physics of fixed wing and rotating wing flight and rocket ships. The history of aviation developments from Leonardo da Vinci through present day to the future will be examined. Are drones in our future or will there be alternate winged vehicles?
The course includes Mission to Mars. Students will design, build, and fly a high power rocket to a specific apogee with on-board altimeter, video recorder and eggstronaut.
Lab work includes: how planes fly, study of the Bernoulli Effect and wind tunnels, the first flight simulator (Link Trainer), and a modern flight simulator (Link Hall).
Potential field trips include: Flight and Space at the MOST (see IMAX film Journey To Space), Control Tower at the Hancock International Airport, and one aviation museum visit to either Hammondsport Glenn H. Curtiss Museum, Elmira national Soaring Museum, or Genese National Warplane Museum.
The course begins with basic engineering fundamentals and definition of SI units. Homework problems will confirm comprehension. We assign students to work together on team building with reports on specific readings and design problems.
The program provided a realistic experience as to the level of responsibility in college. I most enjoyed the hands on experience of building a rocket and the guest lecturers with experience in the field. -Summer College Aerospace Engineering student, 2018.
Common lectures include:
- Fundamental Units of Engineering
- Intellectual Property
- Engineering Ethics
Common program components:
- Selected Readings and presentations by student pairs
- Teamwork practice
Learn more about Aerospace Engineering:
Program Dates & Details
Session II: July 13 – July 26, 2019
Grading System: Pass/Fail
Three two-week engineering courses are offered for non-credit with topics on:
Choose to attend one, two or all three sessions!
Students must be a minimum of 15 years of age by the orientation and move-in date. For full Summer College admission requirements, view the Admissions Overview and Eligibility page.
- Residential: $3,360*
- Commuter: $2,566*
*Please visit our Program Costs page for more detailed information. Program rates are subject to change and will be approved by the board of trustees in March.
Materials & Supplies
The following textbook will be required for the course:
- The Simple Science of Flight – From Insects to Jumbo Jets, Henk Tennekes, The MIT Press, 2009
This is an academically rigorous, college-level program. Students are expected to complete nightly homework assignments and actively participate in group projects. Students are expected to attend all classes every day, arrive on time, and meet all academic obligations. Free time will vary as each program is unique, as is the subsequent workload.
When not on field trips, a typical day involves lectures, demos, and team-building during the morning session, and hands-on work in the lab or field in the afternoon.
Students will be problem-solving in groups, designing and building structures, and working with SU/ESF undergraduate/graduate students in various College of Engineering labs. When not in class, students will have homework, conduct additional assigned research/reading, and be expected to continue work on group projects.
When class is over, and on weekends, students can look forward to various Summer College trips and activities. Check out our Campus Activities page for more information!
Potential field trips include: Flight and Space at the MOST (see IMAX film Journey To Space), Control Tower at the Hancock International Airport, local wind farm, and one aviation museum visit to either Hammondsport Glenn H. Curtiss Museum, Elmira national Soaring Museum, or Genese National Warplane Museum.
We have two big events where parents/family can attend:
- The mid-term: Aerospace Rocket Launch! It is scheduled for Saturday July 20, 2019.
- We conclude on the final day at the MOST to visit Flight and Space Exhibit and experience the Link Flight Simulator. In the afternoon, students watch a IMAX film – likely Mission to Space. Parents and family are welcome to attend providing admission costs. Summer College covers the student admission fee.
Final Academic Obligation
Students are permitted to leave on Friday, July 26, 2019 upon the completion of their course at 5:00pm. If students have any questions regarding their final academic obligation, we encourage them to reach out to their instructor. Please refer to the Move-Out page for important information regarding the checkout process.
Dr. Peter Plumley – Research Associate Professor, Civil and Environmental Engineering
Dr. Peter Plumley is the Chief Program Officer at the Milton J. Rubenstein Museum of Science & Technology and Research Associate Professor in the Civil and Environmental Engineering department at Syracuse University. He is an Earth Scientist with an extensive background in computers and technology. Dr. Plumley’s research has been in the areas of plate tectonics and application of paleomagnetic techniques to regional tectonics. His most recent and active research is focused on educational issues of secondary students related to motivation and the Science of Learning. Dr. Plumley was responsible for development and implementation of K-12 outreach for the College of Engineering and Computer Science. Students impacted by his outreach programs number approximately 2,000 students from middle schools (4th – 8th grade) per year and 2,100 high school students (9th – 12th grade) per year. Dr. Plumley was honored with “2003 College Educator of the Year,” by the Technology Alliance of Central New York and the 2011 Post-Standard Achievement Award for years of working to excite young people in Central New York about learning science and engineering.