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Exploring Engineering is a Course

Exploring Engineering

Ended Jun 5, 2017

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Full course description

Course Date:

May 15 - Jun 5, 2017


2 weeks


4 hrs/week



Course Type:





Are you considering a career in engineering? Are you fascinated by what engineers do? In this pre-college course, you will gain an understanding of the various fields of engineering and explore the engineering design process, from conceptual design and optimal choice evaluation to project construction. This introductory course is a recommended prerequisite for Brown University’s online pre-college courses focusing on specific engineering fields, including materials engineering, biomedical engineering, and renewable energy.

Students do not need to purchase any texts or materials for this course. Read More.

This course is designed so you do something everyday.

  • Day 1. Course Introduction
  • Day 2. Meet Engineers
  • Day 3. Design and Sketch
  • Day 4. CAD Fun
  • Day 5-7. Build a Prototype
  • Day 8. Test Prototype
  • Day 9. Reflect
  • Day 10. Submit interview
  • Day 11. Roadmap Your Career
  • Day 12. Course Conclusion

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In this course, students will:

  • Apply the engineering design process.
  • Construct a prototype to solve an engineering problem.
  • Explore multiple fields of engineering.
  • Formulate a plan for starting a college career in engineering.

Course is offered by Brown University.

Course Instructors

Karen Haberstroh

Karen Haberstroh

Director of STEM Outreach at Brown University

Dr. Karen M. Haberstroh is Lecturer in Engineering and Associate Director of Engineering Programs for Brown University’s School of Professional Studies. Dr. Haberstroh’s research addresses the use of novel nano-structured polymeric materials in soft tissue engineering applications. In addition to her research accomplishments, Dr. Haberstroh is dedicated to engineering and science education, and especially focuses on novel methods of education geared toward increasing the percentages of females and minorities in math, science, and engineering fields.