6 Weeks / Credit Bearing

Engineering Program for High School Students

The below information is for Summer 2016. Summer 2017 details will be posted as they become available.

Orientation and move-in for this program is on Sunday, July 3. The program is scheduled to end Friday, August 12.

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 the basic tools used in engineering. This includes computer-assisted drafting, spread sheets, programming, estimating, and systems analysis.

ECS 125 – Survey of Engineering Problems

This course examines the man-made world, the impact of technology on man’s drive to invent and explore, the impact of technology on society and civilization, and the overall impact on the environment. It highlights issues and problems that future engineers will be asked to solve: Energy, Climate Change, Agriculture, and associated Ecological Economics.

Hands-on projects provide interesting information about the engineering profession, its various branches, engineering fundamental dimensions and concepts, some elementary engineering design tools, and, most importantly, the power of teamwork.

Lecture and project topics include: Engineering Fundamental Dimensions (EFD), Stress and Strain, Engineering Design, Energy and Demise of Fossil Fuels, Mechanical, Solar Power, Aerospace, Wind Power, Bioengineering, Pace of Technology & Impact on Society, Strength of Materials – Rheology and Rheids, Ecological Economics & Life Cycle Assessment, Pace of Technology – Computer Chips and Computers, and Environmental Engineering.

Example of some course projects:

  • You will build and fly high power rockets – and learn about rocket science
  • Build and bust bridges – and learn about stress and strain
  • Canoe down Onondaga Creek and learn about water quality parameters and civil engineering
  • Visit a wind farm and learn about energy
  • Build a solar panel and a DC electric motor and learn about electric circuits
  • Make, cure, and test a concrete cylinder to failure

Choosing your second class:

Summer College Engineering students enroll in two courses. The first course is ECS 125 (Monday – Thursday, 2 p.m. – 3:45 p.m.). Students then select a second course from the 2016 Summer College Liberal Arts & Sciences course list that does not conflict with the day and time of the ECS class.

Program Costs:

  • Residential: $8,896
  • Commuter: $6,386

What’s the Deal?

• Discover what it means to be an engineer.
• Learn how your aptitudes and interests fit into the profession.
• Roll up your sleeves to connect theory and practice with hands-on experience.

Click here to learn more about the College of Engineering and Computer Science.

Faculty Bio – Peter W. Plumley

Dr. Peter Plumley is the Exhibits Project Manager at the Milton J. Rubenstein Museum of Science & Technology and a Science 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 expertise also lies in the areas of interactive computational programming, and Computer Aided Virtual Environments (CAVEs). 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.