Intro to Engineering

Inspired by the first class that every Cooper Union engineering student takes during their first semester of college, students learn about the engineering design process and develop skills in rapid prototyping. Students explore college, learn about engineering research and develop problem solving skills using engineering design practices. Students also learn sketching, technical drawing, computer-aided design and strategies for communicating ideas.  By the end of the program, student teams will identify a problem, design and fabricate a solution, and create a presentation to share how they imagine and engineer a better world.  

Students learn:

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

Instructors: Professor Matt Grattan, Professor Anastasiya Islamova, and Cooper Union student teaching assistants  

Participants: Students in 9th grade in the 2023-2024 school year.  

Session information: This Three-week program offers two sessions.  Session 1 starts Monday, July 8, 2024.  Session 2 starts Monday, July 29, 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 practice sessions at 41 Cooper Square. Off campus field trips and site visits will also be scheduled.  

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

Cost: $1950 

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Course Code: STEM24-2

  • 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.