Product Innovation: Immerse, Design, and Make

3D Printers
Open to rising 10th, 11th, and 12th graders
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
July 30-August 3, 2018
Commuters: $850.00 Residential: $1835
Application Information: 

Prerequisites: Students looking to explore a career in product design, development, innovation and marketing are encouraged to apply for this program. Applications will be selected based on GPA, extra curricular activities, and reference letters.

Please note: 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 Summer@Rensselaer staff at (518) 276-6809 or email


Identify real-world problems and design, create, and market new products through mock-ups! Bring your ideas to life!

What You Will Learn: 

Participants will identify real-world issues and work through an entire design process, starting with the potential new solution, into the creation of the mock-ups and prototypes, and on to marketing new products to a broad audience.

Learn and develop a host of skills associated with turning your ideas into reality.

Observe, brainstorm, design, and research! We'll focus on concept visualization and development by introducing CAD and advanced 3D printing technologies.

Students will work individually and in teams to translate their own original ideas into realizable solutions that respond to contemporary problems large and small.

Students who have completed this program have gone on to apply to the Product Design and Innovation program offered jointly by Rensselaer's Schools of Engineering, Architecture, and Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences. For additional details regarding the Rensselaer undergraduate experience, visit the Office of Admissions at Rensselaer.

Faculty Profile: 

Dr. Dean Nieusma is an Associate Professor of Science and Technology Studies at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. 

He received his PhD and his Masters from RPI. His research extends to include design and social studies of design, development and appropriate technology, renewable energy technology and policy, and the relationship between expertise and democratic processes. 

Dr. James Malazita is Assistant Professor of Science and Technology Studies at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. He is an interdisciplinary researcher whose work draws from Science and Technology Studies, Media Studies, Game Studies, and the Digital Humanities. Originally trained as a game designer, animator, and web developer, Malazita applies design thinking to the humanities, using both cultural studies and design methods to blur the boundaries between technical production and social and political critique.


Program Cost and Accommodations: 

Commuter Cost is $850.00. There is a $425.00 non-refundable deposit required in order to reserve your spot in the program, once the student is academically accepted. 

Residential Cost is $1835. 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 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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