Microlabs Scientific

Analytical Services, Consulting Services, and Failure Analysis Services

Andover, MA 978-409-2812

Engineer Lab

Starting in the Fall of 2021, MicroLabs is launching Engineer Lab, a college level pre-engineering after-school course for high school students. High school students learn important math and science with minimal motivation of how it can be applied, have minimal understanding of engineering and its various disciplines when selecting their major in college, and are unlikely to experience critically important professional and career mentorship while at college. Engineer Lab is designed to address these gaps. If you are a high school student in the Boston area, with an aptitude for math and science, are interested in engineering, want to know about what that actually means and then possibly jump start your career, than this may be the course for you. Please reach out to us at [email protected] for more information. We plan to hold several on-line information sessions over the summer.

Pre-Engineering Prep Course

Engineer Lab will be taught at the college/AP level, targeting high school students with an interest in math and science. Students will:

  • Gain extensive exposure to engineering-style problem solving
  • Learn about various types of engineering and science disciplines
  • Prepare to make informed decisions about future career choices (college, major, summer jobs, career path)
  • Improve their communication and teamwork skills

Think Like an Engineer

Engineer Lab will introduce students to the key concepts and tools in engineering problem solving:

  • Formulating the problem based on facts and data
  • Using acquired math and science knowledge to develop fundamental understanding of the problem
  • Designing and using experiments to test hypothesis
  • Using creative problem solving tools and thinking outside the box
  • Understanding energy flows, process time scale, driving forces and fluxes
  • Data driven decision making
  • Engineering economics and entrepreneurship

Understand Engineering Disciplines and Careers

High school graduates must make important decisions about colleges and future majors with minimal experience and information. Engineer Lab will provide a broad exposure to the various engineering disciplines, explaining what types of problems each one tackles. Engineer Lab graduates will select their colleges and engineering majors with more confidence, and potentially eliminate future costly course corrections. Engineer Lab students will also learn about professional development as undergraduates. Career choices between graduate school and employment, academia and industry, start-ups and large corporations, R&D and manufacturing will be discussed.. 

Carry Out Fun, Cutting-Edge Hands-On Experiments

Engineer Lab students will spend approximately half the class in lecture/discussion, and half the class carrying out hands-on experiments specially designed to reinforce class lessons. The experiments will be carried out using safe, versatile prototype micro-experiment test stations developed by MicroLabs. Experiments will expose students to basic engineering concepts in fluid mechanics, electrical circuits, mechanical structures, energy transport, programming, and process control. 

Develop Professional Communication Skills

Students will be encouraged to develop strong verbal and written communication skills. The small class format will stimulate student participation and respectful discussions. Students will be challenged to voice their ideas clearly and to provide scientific reasoning for their arguments. The in-class experiments will be conducted in groups, requiring students to work and communicate with their peers. Every semester, each student will choose a small independent "research" project, where they will present their technical analysis of a current problem to the rest of the group.

Who, When, Where

The course will be taught by an enthusiastic engineer with a PhD in Chemical Engineering, and over 30 years experience in academia, education, start-ups, and large corporate research & product development, and manufacturing. The course will be taught over 2, somewhat independent and reinforcing semesters. Each semester will consist of about 15 weekly 1.5 hour classes. The classes will be conducted in person (CDC guidelines permitting) at our fully equipped analytical laboratory on the border of Wilmington and Andover. Classes will start in the third week of September. Class size is up to 6 students. Class schedule TBD. 

Cost

Engineer Lab cost is $2,000/student/semester.

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