Summer STEM 2022 Courses

Data for New York (6 weeks)
Critical infrastructure systems impact our daily lives, from the time we brush our teeth in the morning until we switch off all the lights at night. We often interact with these systems without giving them much thought.

Machine Learning (4 weeks, online)
Machine learning is an important branch of applied mathematics that is increasingly used in medicine and biomedical research.

Robotics Crash Course (6 weeks)
This course is an introductory course to understanding the fundamentals of how mobile robotic systems function. 

MakerXR (6 weeks) 
In “MakerXR” students will learn novel and traditional technologies in The Cooper Union’s Makerspace to prototype solutions for the needs of communities in rural and urban settings.

Racecar Research (6 weeks)
This hands-on laboratory course allows students to explore heat exchangers, pumps, electric engines, a wind tunnel, refrigeration cycles, direct-current motors, and fundamental microcontrollers.

Design and Drawing for Engineering (6 weeks) 
Inspired by classes that every Cooper Union engineering student takes in their freshman year, students develop design practices and problem-solving skills by examining the needs of their community. 

Next-Gen Construction Materials (3 weeks)
Students will explore designing and growing acoustic paneling using mycelium (mushrooms) to help a local non-profit, the Loisaida Center, finish retrofitting their theatre for improved sound performance. 

Biomaterials Design (3 weeks)
Are biomaterials damaging our bodies and our planet?  To answer questions about biomaterials, students will explore science and engineering fundamentals and learn tools to develop biomaterials. 

Computer-Aided Drug Design (3 weeks)
To understand how computers can be used to develop new drugs, this course combines chemistry, computer science, and physics with cloud-based computing.

  • 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.