This two-week Engineering Design Lab (EDL) course at Tufts University will expose students (entering grades 10-12) to engineering, fabrication, robotics, and computation in the context of solving real world problems.
Throughout the two weeks, guest speakers from across the university as well as industry representatives will discuss research and development happening within their labs/research groups, as well as issues and problems they face in the real world. These speakers will be a source of inspiration to the students for completing their engineering design projects.
Week 1 focuses on developing engineering skills within the context of small projects focusing on the following areas:
Fabrication: 3D printing, laser cutting, simple electronic circuits, and other manufacturing processes.
Robotics: interactive with sensors and motors as well as algorithmic processing of controlling robotic platforms.
Computation: an introduction to Python followed by exposure to several higher level concepts and applications, such as image processing, Internet of Things, and leveraging external cloud-based services (for AI/other applications).
Week 2 will focus on the engineering design projects, where working in small collaborative groups the students will identify real world needs/problems, research relevant criteria and constraints, and then design, prototype, and test technical solutions within those contexts. At the end of the session, students will present their work publicly in an open showcase.
Taking advantage of the state-of-the-art Nolop Makerspace at Tufts, students will have access to and leverage the following platforms:
Laser Cutting: Universal Laser Systems VLS 3.60
3D Printing: Prusa i3 MK3
Robotics (students will keep the following hardware for further self-directed explorations after the conclusion of the program): Raspberry Pi and the GoPiGo3 robotic platform
Computation: Python programming via Jupyter Notebooks
Application Requirements (core): Academic transcript and history; 1 letter of recommention
Just five miles northwest of Boston, Tufts University’s vibrant Medford / Somerville campus sits on a hill overlooking the city. Tufts’ location offers a relaxed and safe campus environment with easy access to Boston