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Design and Drawing for Engineering

Cost: $1125.00

Description: 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, students will identify a problem, design a solution, and create a portfolio and pitch video to promote how they imagine and engineer a better world.

Instructors: Austin Wong, a Cooper Union Alumni, and Cooper Union student teaching assistants

Prerequisites: none


  • Session 1: July 6 to July 23, 2020
  • Session 2: July 27 to August 13, 2020

Days: Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday


  • Workshops 10:30 am - 12 pm
  • Breakout sessions 1:00 – 2:00 pm or 2:00 – 3:00 pm

Time per day: 2.5 hours/day plus 30-60 minutes project work

Location: Online

Teaching method: Synchronous. The instructor and teaching assistants will lead students through scheduled lectures, discussions and demonstrations.


  • Paper
  • Pencil and/or pen
  • Ruler (cm)
  • Compass

Technology Requirements:

Class: Computer or smart phone with camera and microphone to participate in online video class (Zoom).

Project work: Computer with WiFi to use web-based software (Onshape, Microsoft office) and file management system (Github, Microsoft Teams).  Scanner or camera to document drawings and take photographs of research and upload to presentation and portfolio.

Credits: 0.00

Course Code: STEM 201

  • 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.