3D Printing and the Chemistry of the Periodic Table

Open to rising 10th-12th graders
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute Facilities
July 9-20, 2018 | Duration: 2 Weeks
Commuters: $1300.00 | Residential: $3270.00
Application Information: 

PrerequisitesStudents looking to explore a career in science, gain valuable research experience, and/or are interested in chemistry are encouraged to apply for this program. Students must have completed or be currently enrolled in basic high school chemistry class and have completed one year of high school algebra. Applications will be selected based on GPA, science/tech/engineering/math related activities, student response questions, and teacher reference forms.

Please note: Online applications must be submitted before supplemental information can be received. Supplemental information including recommendation letters, transcripts, etc. can be copies, we do not need originals.

Questions?: If you have any questions regarding submitting your application, please contact the Summer@Rensselaer Staff at (518) 276-6809 or email soaps@rpi.edu

This program allows students to learn to use 3D CADD to design and manufacture geometric shapes based on the properties of chemical elements. Students will learn the chemistry of the periodic table of elements and how it is constructed and then discover how to design objects using 3D modelling and printing. In addition, students will research the cultural significance of a variety of elements throughout history and incorporate this into their design work. The program incorporates classroom lectures and hands-on experimentation and learning. 

What You Will Learn: 

This 2-week program will allow students to:

  • Describe and discuss the trends and properties of elements based on the Periodic Table.
  • Use 3D CADD tools to design prototypes.
  • Use 3D printers and related software tools to produce physical objects.
  • Describe and discuss the discovery or acquisition of chemical elements in various cultures and civilizations.
  • Infuse artistic expression in the design of artifacts.
Faculty Profile: 
Dr. Alexander Ma is Sr. Lecturer within Rensselaer's department of Chemistry and Chemical Biology.
Program Cost and Accommodations: 

Commuter Cost is $1300.00. There is a $425.00 non-refundable deposit required in order to reserve your spot in the program, once the student is academically accepted. 
Commuters must furnish their own transportation to and from campus. Check in would be from 8:30-8:45am, class would begin promptly at 9am on Monday and end at 4pm daily). Friday will conclude with a presentation and students are free to leave at the conclusion of the studio presentation.

Residential Cost is $3270.00. There is a $425.00 non-refundable deposit required in order to reserve your spot in the program, once the student is academically accepted.
The cost includes room and board, program materials, residential events and programs, and any academic related materials. Check-in will be on Sunday afternoon prior to the start of the program and Check-out will be on Friday, after a final presentation.

Accepted students will receive information regarding accommodations, arrival/departure times, and full program details upon registration. Please note that all students will be required to submit health and medical information before arrival on campus. All residential students must possess medical insurance.

Important Dates: 
January 1, 2018 – Application Opens
March 31, 2018 – Application Deadline 
April 30 – Students are notified of their acceptance.
June 1, 2018 – Final day to submit Health Info
June 1, 2018- Final payment is due for accepted/registered students.

Registration Information:  Accepted students should register as soon as possible after admission. A link will be provided to you upon your acceptance.

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