The Circle Project

The Center for Diversity in Engineering, partnering with engineering faculty members Keivan Esfarjani and Hui Ma, has initiated The Circle Project, a virtually-hosted summer project, in an effort to support engineering students' professional development. The overall goals of the program are to offer a platform to engage our engineering students with the community and create a pathway of discovery for 1st-12th grade students by introducing them to math, science and engineering concepts.


The Circle Project received an overwhelming amount of interest from across all majors in the engineering school. Our students are passionate about engaging with 1st-12th grade students and serving our community. They are currently preparing to host weekly and bi-weekly interactive lectures that are appropriate for many ages. Student instructors have come up with intriguing topics in math, science, and engineering that to captivate and motivate the minds of young learners. 

  • Virtual Course Details and Offerings

    Virtual Course Details, Descriptions, and Flyers

    Course Duration

    Classes will take place Monday through Friday starting June 21st, 2021 through August 13th, 2021 from 2:00PM to 4:30PM EST with two scheduled breaks in between. Classes will extend over one or two weeks depending on the grade level and contents. Please note that some courses are not offered during consecutive weeks. 

    2021 Course Offerings and Topics 

    Course flyers are hyperlinked below for your reference, sorted according to increasing grade level. Please find additional details regarding registration in the "Registration Information" section of this page. 

    2021 Circle Project Announcement - Spanish Translation 

    *At this time we do not currently have any offerings for learners grade levels K - 3rd grade, however, we are reaching out to the undergraduate student population again to see if anyone is interested in submitting a course proposal. Thank you for your patience!*

    STEM Around the World 
    Grade Level 4th - 8th | Weekly Offering | 6/21 - 6/25, 6/28 - 7/2, 7/5 - 7/9, 7/12 - 7/16, 7/19 - 7/23, 7/26 - 7/30, 8/2 - 8/6, 8/9 - 8/13
    Grab your passports, sunscreen, and maps because we are going on a STEM journey! In this course, we embark on an adventure that will further spark your interest in STEM-related topics. We will travel to exotic locations such as the ancient cities of Greece, and the dazzling caves of the Bermuda Triangle. We will explore the science, math and engineering that goes behind some of the most famous and historic locations in the world. We discuss why bridges can hold tons of pounds at once, how we power beautiful neon cities at night using the latest technology, and so much more. The best way to learn is to see for yourself so this course will require the purchasing of some materials!

    Coding for Gamers 101! 
    Grade Level 4th - 8th | Weekly Offering | 6/21 - 6/25, 6/28 - 7/2, 7/5 - 7/9, 7/12 - 7/16, 7/19 - 7/23, 7/26 - 7/30, 8/2 - 8/6, 8/9 - 8/13
    Learn the basics and logic of coding through interactive games using a FREE coding program called Scratch. Leave with your own self-designed game with fancy animations and sounds!

    Learn Origami, Rubik's Cube, and More!
    Grade Level 5th - 6th | Two Week Offering | 6/21 - 7/2, 7/5 - 7/16, 7/19 - 7/30, 8/2 - 8/13

    Interested in making hands-on arts and crafts? What about learning the math behind common card games? Ever wondered how to solve a Rubik’s Cube? Join us as we study topics in geometry, probability, and statistics to engage in interactive, real-world activities and fun at-home projects! Additional materials are required.

    Angels in the Architecture
    Grade Level 5th - 8th | Weekly Offering | 6/21 - 6/25, 6/28 - 7/2, 7/5 - 7/9, 7/12 - 7/16

    How can math and science make you a better artist, and how can art make you a better engineer? Learn how innovations in engineering have impacted developing art styles and techniques, as well as how creative thinking can aid engineers in being innovative and communicative. We’ll be learning engineering principles through several art projects and crafts!

    Gray's Anatomy: Be a Doctor for a Week!
    Grade Level 6th - 8th | Weekly Offering |  NEW* 7/19 - 7/23, 8/9 - 8/13

    Did you watch an episode of Grey’s Anatomy and wonder what it would be like to be a real doctor? Did you know that there is a textbook on human anatomy titled “Gray’s Anatomy” that many students studied to become doctors? Come be a part of “Gray’s Anatomy’s” newest class of medical students and learn what it’s like to be a doctor! We will explore case studies of patients, learning basic concepts of medicine, and what it’s like to be a doctor. You will play the role of medical students in a hospital with a mystery patient, and it’s your responsibility to learn, diagnose, and propose a treatment for your patient. Being a doctor entails much more than diagnosing and treating, and you will get an enlightening glimpse into the world of medicine.

    The Magic of Coding
    Grade Level 7th - 8th | Weekly Offering | 6/21 - 6/25, 6/28 - 7/2, 7/5 - 7/9, 7/12 - 7/16

    Come explore the magic behind computer science through interactive activities. We will teach you how to think like a computer scientist with an introduction to logic, variables, functions, and more!

    Learn Python for Data Science
    Grade Level 8th - 12th | Weekly Offering | 7/5 - 7/9, 7/12 - 7/16, 7/19 - 7/23, 7/26 - 7/30, 8/2 - 8/6, 8/9 - 8/13

    Learn the basics of coding in python - no prior experience needed! We will discuss the relevance of data science and how it relates to coding. We will cover fundamental topics such as data types, conditionals, loops, lists, functions, dictionaries, and file operations. You will end this course by creating a Hangman program! Note: A laptop is required for this course.

    Genome Editing: Are Designer Babies in Our Future?
    Grade Level 9th - 11th | Weekly Offering | 7/12- 7/16, 8/2 - 8/6, 8/9 - 8/13

    Can we edit our genes to prevent cancer? What about to get blue eyes? In this genome editing class, we will explore CRISPR-Cas9 technology and examine the ethical considerations. By the end of the week, you will have come up with your own idea to save lives via gene-editing that will be worthy of a Nobel Prize!

    Jumping into Java!
    Grade Level 9th - 12th | Two Week Offering | 6/21 - 7/2, 7/5 - 7/16, 7/19 - 7/30, 8/2 - 8/13
    This course will dive into the basics of programming syntax, problem-solving, the implementation of beginner-level data structures, basic GUI's, and debugging in Java through an eclipse IDE. We will begin with learning how to code with fun activities in the first week and then create a fun, simple video game in the second week

    How Things Work - Basic Physics
    Grade Level 9th - 12th | Weekly Offering | 7/19 - 7/23, 7/26 - 7/30, 8/2 - 8/6, 8/9 - 8/13

    The purpose of this class is to understand the basic laws of classical mechanics that govern our universe. 

    Art x Math: A World of Functions
    Grade Level 9th - 12th | Weekly Offering | 8/2 - 8/6, 8/9 - 8/13

    Students will explore & master algebraic skills and functions in an activity-based and fun learning environment. Graphing functions with an online tool, Desmos, students will learn to use functions, transformations, and operations to make beautiful pieces of art.

    Intro to Engineering Design & Virtual Prototyping using Biomedical Devices
    Grade Level 9th - 12th | Weekly Offering | 6/21 - 6/25, 6/28 - 7/2, 7/5 - 7/9

    Are you interested in how medical devices are designed? How 3D printing has a connection to the future of biomedical engineering? Do you want to try out virtual prototyping yourself? Through this week-long course, students will be provided with a basic introduction on how to use CAD (computer-aided design) software to produce models and designs. Starting with simple sketches and then advancing to projects involving complex 3D models, the course will utilize biomedical examples/applications to provide challenging obstacles to get you started in thinking like a biomedical engineer!

    Introduction to Design and Innovation in Medicine
    Grade Level 9th - 12th | Weekly Offering | 6/21 - 6/25, 6/28 - 7/2, 7/12 - 7/16, 7/19 - 7/23, 7/26 - 7/30

    Join us for a 1-week long class that dives deep into the engineering process. Students will learn how to use the engineering process to solve current medical problems like COVID19 and tuberculosis using various software such as Autodesk, Figma, and Zotero. Additional software will be downloaded by students beforehand. 

    Designing with a Purpose
    Grade Level 9th - 12th | Weekly Offering | 6/21 - 6/25, 6/28 - 7/2, 7/12 - 7/16, 7/19 - 7/23, 7/26 - 7/30

    Have you ever wondered how your favorite game was made? What about what goes into creating an eye-catching website or flyer? Do you want to learn how to prototype and design your own app? Come learn and experiment with all of these topics and more with us! Can't wait to explore the design process together!

    Fundamentals of CAD Course
    Grade Level 9th - 12th | Weekly Offering | 6/21 - 6/25, 6/28 - 7/2, 7/12 - 7/16
    Have you ever wished you could design an object to 3D print? During this week-long course, you will learn the fundamentals of computer-aided design using Autodesk Fusion 360! No prior experience required - we will start at square one and walk you through everything you need to know to get to designing your own objects!

  • Registration Information

    Registration Fees

    Registration fees are $125/week. Please note: registration fees directly support student wages for this project and there is no limit to how many courses you would like to enroll your learner in.

    Registering Your Learner for The Circle Project

    Please use the following link to register for courses after reviewing course offerings, availabilities, and descriptions above:

    2021 Circle Project Registration Form 
     

    Once registration has been submitted, you will receive an email confirmation with directions on finalizing payment your learners enrollment. 

    Please email Amanda Fortune should you have any issues with registration, payment processing or any additional questions or concerns.   

    If you are hoping to enroll multiple students, please fill out separate registration forms. 

    Financial Aid 

    While our student instructor's wages are directly supported by registration fees, we do have some flexibility in offering financial assistance to student leaders so that everyone can access this program. During the registration, there is a section regarding financial aid. Please complete this section if you are interested in receiving financial assistance for your learner. Our team will review the request and reach out regarding next steps. 

    Registration Deadline 

    As long as there is open space in a class prior to the course start date, learners can still be enrolled (pending registration confirmation). 

    Refund Policy 

    To be eligible for a refund, requests must be received no later than 48 hours prior to class beginning. Please allow up to 5 days to receive a refund.  

     

  • Practical Information

    Accessing Virtual Learning

    Student instructors will manage their classrooms via the Zoom video conferencing platform. Once registration is finalized and enrollment in the course is confirmed, you will receive a communication from your student's instructor(s), typically the Friday before classes start. They will provide a direct link to the virtual classroom meetings, along with additional details regarding the course.

    Please note: classes are limited to 10 participants to allow instructors to tailor instruction more individually and to minimize disruption. Instructor to student ratio is 1:5.

     

  • Scholarship/Financial Aid Information

    Financial Aid 

    While our student instructor's wages are directly supported by registration fees, we do have some flexibility in offering financial assistance to student learners so that everyone can access this program. During the registration, there is a section regarding financial aid. Please complete this section if you are interested in receiving financial assistance for your learner. Our team will review the request and reach out regarding the next steps.