Junior Mechanical Engineering

Week 1 July 8–12 Week 2 July 15–19 Week 3 July 22–26
It is Rocket Science
Dynamic Machines: Planes, Trains and Automobiles
Aerospace Engineering: Soaring to New Heights


Mechanical engineering emerges as a discipline in its own right through the development of key applications of principles rooted in physics and materials science. As one of the oldest and broadest of the engineering disciplines we see today, mechanical engineering continues to play a critical role in a world filled with advanced technologies. The Junior Mechanical Engineering stream presents an engaging mix of automotive engineering principles, space systems engineering, and concepts in sustainable energy and robotics design. From concept to creation, you will be given the opportunity to design, program and manipulate just as a mechanical engineering student would. You will be introduced to many important and fundamental electrical components and their applications, and will learn how to directly apply mechanical concepts in many different facets of technology.

J-MEC-1 | It is Rocket Science

Week 1 (8–12 July 2013)

As a common expression of simplicity, we often exclaim “It’s not rocket science!” However, as space programs and space travel continues to develop, you may find yourself one day saying “Actually, it is rocket science!” This course will introduce students to the fundamentals of rocket science, taking them through the stages of space exploration and the concepts behind them. Thrust is considered in terms of pressure, momentum and Newton’s laws. Kinetic and potential energy will be explored with respect to orbits, satellites and the application of Kepler’s laws. Spacecraft design incorporating aerodynamics, atmospheric conditions and re-entry will be discussed. Finally, students will apply their developing understanding of rocketry towards the construction of low-thrust rockets.

Instructor: David Tollefson

J-MEC-2 | Dynamic Machines: Planes, Trains and Automobiles

Week 2 (15-19 July 2013)

Interested in exploring different modes of transportation from the inside out? This course will examine planes, trains and automobiles from multiple perspectives including design, manufacturing and use. Principles in environmental design, prototyping and testing will be integrated alongside the physical dynamics of these machines to allow students to build and explore different types of transportation vehicles. If you’re interested in planes, trains and automobiles, this is your chance to learn how to design newer and better dynamic machines!

Instructor: Patricia Sheridan

J-MEC-3 | Aerospace Engineering: Soaring to New Heights

Week 3 (22–26 July 2013)

Aerospace science is one of the most challenging fields in science and on the edge of technology. This course focusses on the fundamentals of flight. During the course, students will gain an overall understanding of different fields of aviation and space science. They will learn through exposure to interesting and illustrative video clips, photos and experiments, and they will find the answers to their frequently asked questions about aerospace science. Students will develop their own ideas and incorporate them into a preliminary design of their dream airplane using engineering software. This course covers the fundamentals of most of the ongoing projects at the University of Toronto Institute for Aerospace Studies.

Instructor: Elham Pakseresht

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