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The pilot curriculum track of the program, the Brown Pre-College Scholars Program in Engineering, now in its second year, is taught by Dr. Karen Haberstroh, Associate Director of Engineering Programs at Brown University’s School of Professional Studies, and Dr. Indrek Külaots, both Lecturers in the School of Engineering. Students explore engineering and its design principles, and work collaboratively on hands-on challenges that include conducting research, performing calculations, and engaging in prototyping activities, from sketching to modeling to optimization.
Working closely with their Brown instructors, students participate in approximately five hours of coursework per week, including lab and demo activities, online discussions, assignments, and design projects. Students also have the opportunity to visit Brown’s campus for a guided tour of the School of Engineering and interaction with faculty and students. Students completing the program earn credit from their home high school.
The program is seeking a Student Mentor to provide a variety of mentorship and teaching assistant-type support to participating students, including:
- Holding informal office/mentoring hours, 1 hour per week - Student Mentor will be available for remote advising (e.g. via email, phone, or Google Hangout) and answering questions about assigned coursework, or about being an Engineering concentrator at Brown, applying to college, life in college, etc.
- Design project check-in, 2 hours per month - Student Mentor will hold one remote meeting per month (e.g. via Google Hangout) with student teams to support their progress on a year-long engineering design project assignment.
- Provide support to students' field trip to Brown, 3 hours
The Student Mentor will work under the direction of program instructors, and will coordinate as needed with program staff at the School of Professional Studies.
Brown University’s Pre-College Programs, offered by the University’s School of Professional Studies, enable high school students to experience college-level learning, prepare for academic success, and connect with talented, motivated students from around the world. Brown’s pre-college online courses are rigorous, active learning experiences designed specifically for high school students and led by Brown instructors. The courses foster exciting, dynamic learning communities that encourage curiosity and discovery, teamwork, and networking. Brown’s online instructors are enthusiastic, imaginative educators working at the forefront of online teaching and learning. They work closely with the University’s instructional designers to develop and facilitate courses that exemplify best practices of student-centered design and inquiry-based learning.