Design and Drawing for Engineering

Inspired by classes that every Cooper Union engineering student takes in their freshman year, students develop design practices and problem-solving skills through examining the needs of their community. At the same time, students learn sketching, technical drawing and computer aided design and tools and strategies for communicating ideas through words, images, and speech. Meetings with faculty, students and engineers will introduce current problems and the solutions being developed at Cooper Union or at engineering and technology companies. By the end of the program, student teams will identify a problem, design and fabricate a solution, and create a portfolio and presentation to promote how they imagine and engineer a better world. 

Students learn:

  • Drawing and Drafting
  • Computer Aided Design (CAD)
  • Prototyping and fabrication, including 3D printing
  • Engineering design and decision-making tools

Instructors: Austin Wong, Cooper Union Alumni and Member of Maroon & Gold Labs, and Cooper Union Undergraduate Teaching Assistants 

Participants: Students in 10th or 11th grade in the 2023-2024 school year. 

Session information: This six-week program offers one session starting Monday, July 8, 2024. Classes meet Monday - Thursday, 9 am to 3 pm.

Prerequisites:  none

Teaching method: In person. The instructor and teaching assistants will lead students through daily scheduled lectures, discussions, and hands on activities at 41 Cooper Square. Off site field trips will also be scheduled.

Materials: All materials are included.  Students can opt to bring a personal computer.

Cost: $3950

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Course Code: STEM22-8

  • Founded by inventor, industrialist and philanthropist Peter Cooper in 1859, The Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art offers education in art, architecture and engineering, as well as courses in the humanities and social sciences.

  • “My feelings, my desires, my hopes, embrace humanity throughout the world,” Peter Cooper proclaimed in a speech in 1853. He looked forward to a time when, “knowledge shall cover the earth as waters cover the great deep.”

  • From its beginnings, Cooper Union was a unique institution, dedicated to founder Peter Cooper's proposition that education is the key not only to personal prosperity but to civic virtue and harmony.

  • Peter Cooper wanted his graduates to acquire the technical mastery and entrepreneurial skills, enrich their intellects and spark their creativity, and develop a sense of social justice that would translate into action.