U-M DAPCEP Spring Programs

U-M DAPCEP Spring Programs 2017
All courses are fully enrolled (no new students) and currently in session from 9:00 AM – 1:00 PM
on February 18, 25 and March 4, 11, 18, 25, 2017 on the U-M Ann Arbor, North Campus

In partnership with the Detroit Area Pre-College Engineering Program (DAPCEP), The Center for Engineering Diversity and Outreach presents the University of Michigan DAPCEP Spring Programs, a variety of engineering courses designed to challenge students from grades 7 through 10.

Each course is sponsored and run by a different Michigan Engineering departmental team.  The courses are designed to engage student creativity, sharpen students’ problem-solving skills, and make engineering relevant to everyday life through engineering design challenges and hands-on activities. 

U-M DAPCEP Spring Programs include courses run by trained student teams in the following departments:  Aerospace Engineering (Aero), Biomedical Engineering (BME), Mechanical Engineering (ME),  Nuclear Engineering and Radiation Science (NERS), and Pharmaceutical Sciences.

All courses are run on the University of Michigan’s North Campus. Free transportation from various locations in metro Detroit to North Campus is offered.


Spring 2017 Course Descriptions

For 7th and 8th graders:
Exploring Engineering
“Exploring Engineering” provides a broad overview of the different engineering disciplines and how engineering influences the world around us. Each week, students will be taught by instructors from different departments at the College of Engineering and be given hands-on engineering tasks to explore. This course is designed to showcase the diverse nature of the engineering fields, allowing students to experience the broad opportunities in the field of sciences and engineering.

For 9th and 10th graders:
Biotechnology for Engineering Healthy Humans  
Have you ever wondered why we get sick? And if can we cure or prevent human diseases by developing and engineering new medical drugs or therapies? Sponsored by the Department of Biomedical Engineering and the Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences, “Biotechnology for Engineering Healthy Humans” will introduce students to the wonders of human physiology and bioengineering approaches to tackle human diseases. Students will get hands-on experience to design and build new pharmaceutical drugs, artificial organs, and nerve interface devices by integrating principles of biology, medicine, nanotechnology, tissue engineering, and neural systems engineering. Come join us to in our quest to cure and eliminate human diseases!

Engineering the World around Us!   
Sponsored by the Mechanical Engineering Graduate Council and the Ford Motor Company, engineering the world around us aims to give students an idea of what it means to be a mechanical engineer.  The course specifically focuses on aspects of everyday life that mechanical engineers impact. Students will be introduced to the types of problems that modern mechanical engineers face and tools they use to tackle them. We will learn to use the engineering design process and problem solving skills to tackle challenges like designing a car with a balloon propulsion system. Come join us and see how mechanical engineers have shaped the world around us!

Glow Blue!
Sponsored by the Department of Nuclear Engineering and Radiological Sciences, “Glow Blue” will provide an introduction to basic physics, energy sources, and topics surrounding nuclear engineering. Through hands-on activities and group discussions, students will learn about the atom, how a nuclear reactor works, why there is a debate over nuclear energy, and how scientists use virtual reality to understand radiation physics.  Students will also take part in various interactive hands-on experiments and lab tours involving the use of plasmas for various applications, build a cloud chamber to observe radiation detection, a tour of Radiology department at the University of Michigan Hospital, learning about nuclear fission and nuclear fusion, and gain an understanding of the vast range of research encompassed within this diverse and growing field.

Wonders of Flight  
Sponsored by the Department of Aerospace Engineering and the Michigan Space Grant Consortium, “The Wonders of Flight” will introduce the basics of flight dynamics such as aerodynamics, jet propulsion, rocket fabrication, wind tunnel testing, and space exploration.  The lessons and demonstrations will challenge students to explore math, physics, astronomy, and aerospace engineering.  The hands-on activities include launching rockets and building balsa wood gliders.

Contact cedo-admin@umich.edu if you have any questions.