An Engineering Design Community for Gifted Teens
Lindsey Nelson holds a BS in Mechanical Engineering, an MS in Engineering Education, and is the Education Chair for GHF. Lindsey loves engaging gifted and twice-exceptional learners with big, juicy questions and believes that the best classes are fueled by students’ curiosity. Lindsey’s classes rely heavily on discussion and frequently incorporate video resources to allow learners to see engineering design in action. Lindsey uses open-ended homework challenges (such as “Design your own ultimate writing tool”) to offer students an opportunity to 1) use engineering design processes, 2) think outside of the box, and 3) pursue creative solutions.
Bring your imagination to life by using the engineering design process to build something amazing!
Every invention begins as an idea. The engineering design process can transform fantasy into reality. Discovering how to leverage the engineering design process allows us to create the world of our imagination.
Dream It, Build It is recommended for learners ages 13 to 18; motivated 11 and 12 year olds could thrive in this course. In Dream It, Build It, we focus on creating a supportive community so that gifted learners can complete an awesome project. It is highly recommended that learners arrive to the class with a big project in mind. Every class meeting is conducted as an engineering design review to give learners space to evaluate project feasibility, overcome obstacles that arise, and manage the project timeline.
Learners decide their final project of the course. We will work together to refine the project such that learners can complete their project using a (family-supplied) budget of $40 to $100. Students will be responsible for project logistics such as securing supplies, gaining access to any required tools, and managing their time outside of class.
Sample Course Outline
Dream It, Build It is highly contingent on student needs. Key project questions are articulated below:
- What is the project you are working on?
- What do you need in order to complete your project?
- Can you make your project work with a budget of $40 to $100?
- How can you test your idea in ways that won’t burn through your budget?
- How can you adjust your project to stay within specifications?
- What did you learn as you built your project?
- How can you fine tune your project?
- How can you communicate your project to other people?
Dream It, Build It is offered Summer 2019 and Fall 2019.