Chemistry, Engineering Design, and Additive Manufacturing Technology

Open to rising 10th-12th graders
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute Facilities
July 8-19, 2019 | 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.

Application details: In addition to the online application, students must submit a copy of their transcript and two recommendations. Supplemental information including recommendation letters, transcripts, etc. can be copies, we do not need originals or official copies. Applications will not be reviewed if they are incomplete. Please follow the directions on the application page carefully.

Questions? If you have any questions regarding the submittal of application and supplemental documentation, please contact Summer@Rensselaer at or (518) 276-6809.


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. Prior to joinning Rensselaer in 2012 as the Freshman Chemistry Coordinator, he was the Director of Outcome Assessment and Program Evaluation for the School of Business and Technology at Excelsior College in Albany, NY. Dr. Ma is active in the continued improvement of Chemical Education and STEM Outreach. He has offered various high school outreach programs for Summer@Rensselaer. Dr. Ma is the co-lead for the I-Persist Chemistry Mentoring program. He is also the faculty advisor for the Chemistry Demo Team, Rensselaer Chemistry Society,  and Phi Lambda Upsilon Chemistry Honor Society.
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. This cost includes tuition, field trips, and program materials only. Commuters must furnish their own transportation to and from campus. Check-in will be on Monday morning and Check-out will be on Friday, after a final 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. This cost includes tuition, program materials, field trips, room and board, and all residential activities. 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 inormation 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 (including immunization records) before arrival on campus. All residential students must possess medical insurance.

Important Dates: 

January 7 – Application opens
March 31 – Application deadline 
April 30 – Students are notified of their acceptance
May 15 - Registration deadline for accepted students
June 1 – Final day to submit health forms
June 1- 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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