STEM Days

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This fall STEM Outreach will be offering virtual and in person STEM Days.

STEM Days will offer three virtual programs.  Students, parents and educators can attend. Virtual STEM DAY Registration

Session 1: September 28, 2021, 5:30-6:30pm: How to Design and Build an Electric Car with The Cooper Union Motorsports team. 

Session 2: December 2, 2021, 5:30-6:30pm: Creative Clean Energy and Urban Planning with Cooper Union students and faculty. 

Session 3: February 9, 2022, 5:30-6:30pm: Coding and Computer Modeling: new approaches to understanding and improving our world with Cooper Union students and faculty. 

 

STEM Days in person will open in October 2021. Complete the STEM Outreach Interest Form to be notified when in person STEM Days registration opens.

In person STEM Days occur on Friday or Saturday mornings. Schools and Community Based Organizations can request a STEM Day for a group of fifth through twelfth grade students.  All participants will be required to provide proof of COVID vaccination to participate.

During a STEM Day program, students are exposed to the diversity and impact of the STEM fields on modern society. These field trips to Cooper Union start with a tour of the Albert Nerken School of Engineering at 41 Cooper Square and move to a research lab.  In labs, students will work in small groups on an engineering challenge.  Past examples include: 1) building an electric motor from scratch, 2) designing, building, and crushing bridges made from lightweight, recycled materials, 3) running an internal combustion engine, 4) determining the efficiency of water pumps, 5) writing and executing computer code they implement with microcontrollers, and 6) learning the basics of 3D printing and laser-cutting. Cooper Union undergraduates teach these modules under the guidance of faculty members and technical staff.

  • 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.