U-Design will be offered virtually through Zoom

2020 Dates
Session 1: July 13 – 17, 2020

Think Like An Engineer!

U-Design is a fun STEM program with focus on engineering. It is designed for children who will be entering grades 7-10 in the fall of 2020. Each U-Design workshop offers a hands-on laboratory and workshop experience to give young students the opportunity to learn about engineering and broader STEM concepts. Students use their creativity and apply the engineering design process as they experiment, design, analyze, build and solve challenging problems.

This is a challenging and creative program developed and taught by an outstanding team of experienced science and engineering technology teachers. In addition to the workshop teacher, a team of Boston University engineering students serve as mentors.

Due to the current COVID-19 conditions, and in an effort to keep all students and staff safe, we are only offering one workshop this summer. The daily sessions will run from 10 am – 12 noon (ET) using the virtual meeting tool zoom. All materials that participants will need for the workshop will be sent in the mail so that they arrive in advance of the first session.

A limited number of scholarships are available for students and families that qualify for state and federal assistance programs. Please contact us for more details or download the PDF below. You can reach us at 617-320-5351 or email us at ammahon@bu.edu.

2020 U-Design Scholarship Information

  • What do the students say?

    “I can’t wait to go to college and learn all about this stuff.”

    “I liked the feeling of finishing something challenging. All the projects were great.”

    “I like how you could think of something, then build it. It was a lot of fun.”

    “I can’t wait to come back next summer!”

  • What do the parents say?

    “This program exceeded our expectations: my son was engaged and challenged every day. Thank you to all the teaching assistants, engineers, and teachers.” – Parent whose son attended for two summers.

    “My kids loved the program and are inspired to continue projects at home.”

    “It was so involved and interesting that my son said he wished he could stay into the evening. He said the day felt two hours long.”


Flight School

In this workshop, students will be introduced to the aerodynamics of gliders. Methods for making design choices associated with small gliders will be discussed so that students can design and build their own hand-launched gliders. The basics of airfoil and wing aerodynamics performance as well as whole glider flight stability will be presented. New topics will be linked to concepts students have discussed in their math and science courses. Participants will be guided through the process of trimming their gliders for best performance. Aerospace and astrophysics topics will be discussed during the week as well.

All materials needed to build the glider will be mailed to each student participant before the first day of the workshop.

Session 1 only
July 13 – 17, 2020
Grades 7 – 9

Registration 2020

The Flight School workshop is offered during the week of July 13 – 17, 2020.

Tuition: $200

A non-refundable deposit of $100 is expected at the time of registration for each student.

The U-Design Program will be held virtually for the safety of staff and students. Students will need internet access to join a daily zoom meeting session that runs from 10 am to 12 pm Monday through Friday. Workshops also include materials that will be shipped to students prior to the first day of the workshop.

Registration is limited to 20 students per session. Credit card payments can be made using AMEX, DISC, MC, or VISA.

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Contact Us

Contact us by phone 617-320-5351 or by e-mail at ammahon@bu.edu

Dr. Wynter J. Duncanson
Assistant Dean of Outreach & Diversity
Program Director

Ann Mahoney
U-Design Coordinator