What is U-Design?

It is a fun, exciting science and engineering program for kids who are currently in grades 6 - 9 at time of registration. It is a hands-on laboratory and workshop experience that gives you the opportunity to learn about science and technology by engaging in the real work of scientists and engineers: design, exploration, experimentation, and invention. Here you get to think of your own ideas, and build your own way-cool inventions. Also, students experience cutting-edge research and demonstrations by visiting College of Engineering faculty and students, such as those who are developing UAVs, Smart Lights, studying the Aurora Borealis and using light to activate and study the brain.

This is a challenging and creative program developed and taught by an outstanding team of experienced science and technology teachers, who specialize in teaching engineering design to kids.

We are offering three different workshops in July, each built around a series of design projects and science activities that involve very interesting problems. BU's U-Design program is based on the DESIGNCAMP program established by UMASS Lowell in 2000.

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A limited amount 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 attachment via the link below. You can reach us at 617-353-2800 or email us at u-design@bu.edu.

U-Design Scholarship Info 2016 (PDF)

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What do the students say?

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

“I liked the feeling of knowing things and 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.”


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Electrical & Mechanical Gizmos

Electricity and electromagnetism are strange and powerful things! Learn how they work and how to use them to do cool things. Learn to wire circuits and make foolproof security systems. Design and build a secret candy safe with an electromagnetic lock and alarm system. Build your own electric motor, and design your own motorized invention, which could be a strobe light, a carnival game or who knows what—your imagination is the only limit! This workshop includes a basic toolbox and materials for students to take home.

Session 1 (Only)
Current Grades 6 - 8

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Robo-Alley

Ever want to make a robot? It’s easier than you think! In two-person teams, you’ll build machines that react to the world around them, and complete design challenges that lead you from 3-D obstacle courses through search-and-rescue missions to a final interactive competition (soccer, pod races, or other sports). We’ll be using the new NXT Lego’s Mindstorms robotics kits for quick and easy build- ing. More advanced students will be able to create a colony of robots that interact with each other or explore computer-aided drafting (CAD) of their de- signs. No previous programming or building experi- ence required—there will be progressive challenges for every level of expertise, even if you already own a Mindstorms kit!

Sessions 1 & 2
Current Grades 7 - 9

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Flight School 101

Want to know how a plane flies? Or how a rocket glides through the air? How are balloons like boats? Why can’t we fly like a bird? Learn the principles of flight such as thrust, lift, and drag through hands on activities and design challenges. You’ll build, fly and crash your own test designs. From basic foam gliders to radio controlled vehicles, you can design and build your own flight machines. You’ll, put your designs to the test and compete for records such as longest time in the air, greatest distance traveled, and highest altitude reached.

Session 2 (Only)
Current Grades 7 - 9

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What do the parents say?

This program exceeded our expectations: from the welcome to the parents to the culminating party; 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 camp 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.”

Registration 2016

Workshops are offered during two five-day sessions in July.

Students may register for only one workshop per session.

Session 1: July 11 - July 15
Session 2: July 18 - July 22

Tuition: $425 for the first session and $400 for any additional session

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

The U-Design Program will be held at the Boston University College of Engineering and will run from 8:30 am to 4 pm Monday thru Thursday and from 8:30 am to 5:30 pm on Friday. Students must bring snacks and a lunch each day. The program concludes on Friday afternoon with a family pizza party and design show from 4-5:30 pm. The pizza party and a U-Design T-shirt is included in the tuition cost. Workshops also include materials for students to take home.

 

Register Online or Pay Off a Remaining Balance

Online registration begins February 4, 2016 and is limited to 20 students per session. Credit card payments can be made using DISC, MC or VISA.


Contact Us

Contact us by phone 617-353-2800 or by e-mail at u-design@bu.edu

Dr. Gretchen Fougere
Associate Dean for Outreach & Diversity
Program Director

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