U-Design

U-Design will be offered virtually through Zoom

2021 Dates
Session 1 – Robo-Alley I: July 12 – 16, 2021
Session 2 – Robo-Alley II: July 19 – 23, 2021
Session 3 – Flight School: July 26 – 30, 2021

Think Like An Engineer!

U-Design is a fun STEM program with a focus on engineering. It is designed for children who will be entering grades 7-10 in the fall of 2021. Each U-Design workshop offers a hands-on 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.

U-Design 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 virtual workshops this summer. The daily sessions will run from 10 am – 12 noon (ET) using the virtual meeting tool zoom. There will also be a 1-hour optional session each afternoon from 3 – 4 pm (ET) to assist students who may have questions from the morning session or would like assistance with the work they are doing to prepare for the next day’s session. All materials that participants will need for the workshop will be sent in the mail so that they arrive in advance of the first day of the 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 may email us at wynterjd@bu.edu for more information.

2021 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.”

Workshops

Robo-Alley I

In this workshop, students will be introduced to the robotics of the LEGO® Mindstorm EV3 using a virtual robotics simulator. They will build, code, and test robots in a series of challenges. In addition to learning basic circuitry, students will learn how to program their robots with Python. There will be progressive challenges for every level of expertise. No prior experience with coding or simulation software is required.

Registration includes one license for the online robotics toolkit.

Session 1 only
July 12 – 16, 2021
Entering Grades 7-10 in fall 2021

Robo-Alley II

In this workshop, students will be introduced to more advanced features of the LEGO® Mindstorm EV3 using a virtual robotics simulator. They will build, code, and test robots in a series of challenges of increasing difficulty. In addition to learning basic circuitry, students will learn more about Python coding language. There will be progressive challenges for every level of expertise. Students must complete Robo-Alley I in order to register for Robo-Alley II.

Registration includes one license for the online robotics toolkit.

Session 2 only
July 19 – 23, 2021
Entering Grades 7-10 in fall 2021

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. Participants will be guided through the process of trimming their gliders for best performance.
All materials needed to build the glider will be mailed to each student participant before the first day of the workshop.

Session 3 only
July 26 – 30, 2021
Entering Grades 7-10 in fall 2021

Registration 2021

Tuition for each workshop: $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 (ET) Monday through Friday. The Flight School workshop also includes 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 wynterjd@bu.edu

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

Questions?

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