STEM Days

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STEM DAY registration will open in September 2020. 

Complete the STEM Outreach Interest Form to be notified.

During a STEM Day program, fifth through twelfth graders 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 New Academic Building at 41 Cooper Square, where the synthesis of art, architecture, and engineering are discussed in terms of the design trade-offs that are struck as practitioners collaborate to build multidisciplinary projects of this scale.

The students will work in small groups on one or two engineering challenges.  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.