Youth Engineering Classes Set this Summer at RVCC

Youngsters intrigued by how things work and move will benefit from a variety of engineering classes being held this summer at Raritan Valley Community College (RVCC) in Branchburg. Classes focus on various subjects, including aerospace, marine, electrical, industrial, and mechanical engineering. The programs are designed for children ages 6-12. For a complete listing of all summer youth courses, visit www.raritanval.edu/youth. Following are descriptions of new engineering courses being offered this summer at RVCC: Junior Aerospace Engineering: Students ages 6-8 are introduced to fundamental concepts of aircraft and spacecraft design. Through open and focused exploration, students learn about and construct miniature airplanes, rockets, hot air balloons, and more. The class will be held Monday through Friday, July 13-17, from 9 a.m.-noon. The fee is $192. Aerospace Engineering: Up, Up and Away: Students ages 9-12 apply the engineering design process to design, create, test, and refine a variety of flying machines. Participants construct a shock absorbing system designed to protect two “marshmallow astronauts” in a lunar vehicle, create their own air-powered rockets, and assemble a model hot air balloon that actually takes flight. The class will be held Monday through Friday, July 13-17, from 1-4 p.m. The fee is $192. Junior Marine Engineering: Students ages 6-8 explore the concepts of marine engineering and mechanics, harnessing the power of water and discovering designs that help make the impossible possible. The class will be held Monday through Friday, July 20-24, from 9 a.m.- noon. The fee is $192. Marine Engineering; Making Waves: Students ages 9-12 apply the engineering design process to design, create, test, and refine several types of marine-based devices and vehicles. Students construct working prototypes that teach and reinforce the concepts of above-water transportation, underwater exploration, and water power. Participants gain exposure to careers in naval, ocean, and marine engineering as well as naval architecture. The class will be held Monday through Friday, July 20-24, from 1-4 p.m. The fee is $192 Junior Industrial Engineering: Students ages 6-8 are introduced to fundamental concepts of simple machinery, cooperative building, and the assembly line process. Through open and 2 focused exploration, students learn about and construct simple machines and then apply an assembly line process to produce a delicious treat. The class will be held Monday through Friday, July 27-31, from 9 a.m.-noon. The fee is $192. Electrical Engineering: Electrified: Students ages 9-12 apply the engineering design process to design, create, test, and refine basic electronics and circuits. Students experiment with Snap Circuits® to discover the capabilities of major electronic components. In addition, students create flashlights and explore the world of magnetic energy by building their own magnetic levitation vehicle. The class will be held Monday through Friday, July 27-31, from 1-4 p.m. The fee is $192. Junior Mechanical Engineering: Students ages 6-8 are introduced to fundamental concepts of energy, materials, and movement. Students explore and construct various toys throughout the program, including spinners, magical boomerang cans, and wind-up whirligigs as well as their own roller coasters, catapults, and cars. The class will be held Monday through Friday, August 3-7, from 9 a.m.-noon. The fee is $192. Mechanical Engineering: Master Machines: Students ages 9-12 apply the engineering design process to design, create, test, and refine a variety of machines and mechanical systems. Students learn about the basics of fluid mechanics, simple machines, and other design and engineering concepts while constructing miniature roller coasters, egg-drop vehicles, and an air-powered car they bring home at the end of the course. The class will be held Monday through Friday, August 3-7, from 1-4 p.m. The fee is $192.