In America, there are many other academic opportunities to explore outside of school. These academic opportunities are usually for more advanced students. Personally, this past summer I attended a summer program for advanced students. This summer program is called the Center for Talented Youth, or CTY. The CTY summer program is a rigorous three week long course in a class of your choosing.To gain admission to this program, you must take a standardized test, and meet a set score for your grade level.Achieving this score is not easy since the test taken is a lot more advanced than regular school work. Much of the material on these tests are not learned in school, so achieving this score is very hard. But, if you are able to get a high enough score, you are eligible for CTY. CTY has a vast selection of classes you are able to take. These classes vary from different subjects. CTY offers english, math, technology, science, and engineering classes. I chose to take “Principles of Engineering Design”.
CTY is available at select colleges and universities across America. You live at the college or university you chose for three weeks. I went to Roger Williams University in Bristol, Rhode Island for CTY. The CTY class schedule is intense. There is class from 9am-12pm and 1pm-3pm Monday to Friday. There is also class from 7pm-9pm Monday to Thursday, and Sunday. Since CTY is an advanced program for accelerated students, these classes are usually fast paced. These classes are taught by distinguished, well-educated teachers, instructors, and professors. You use college-level textbooks in these courses. The “Principles of Engineering Design” class was very enjoyable because we were able to apply the math and science we learned in the classroom, to the projects that we built in the lab. There were several projects built in this class during the three week session. In our first project, we were asked to build something that would raise a 100 gram weight 16 centimeters in the air on its own. To do this, we had to use the information we learned about trigonometry, forces, and motion. Other projects we performed included a catapult, a bottle rocket egg drop, a bridge, and a solar boat. In the catapult project, we had to launch a ping-pong ball at a 45 degree angle to achieve the maximum range. In the bottle egg drop project, we attached a module on top of a bottle rocket that would launch into the air. We had to design the module to protect an egg from cracking during the launch, flight, and landing. The module also had to withstand the force of the drop. My group’s egg module succeeded, and the egg did not crack. In the bridge project, we were tasked with the problem of building a bridge able to hold the weight of 19 liters of water, or 19 kilograms. To do this, we had to utilize the information about stresses we learned about in class. The bridge my team built was able to bear a weight of 38 kilograms, or 38 liters of water.In the solar boat project, we were tasked to build a boat that ran on solar energy. After these projects, we performed a final project. In this project, we were able to build anything we wanted. My group attempted to build a mechanical arm for precise motion. This required lots of work. We had to combine our knowledge of circuits, motion, forces and more. My group was making lots of progress, but we did not have time to complete this.
Aside from academics, CTY also has a social side. There are many activities you can chose to do during free time. On the weekends, there are organized events and dances. CTY is a chance to meet lots of different people from different backgrounds. When I went to CTY, I met students from Hong Kong, Dubai, SuZhou, GuangZhou, and Brazil. CTY is available all over america, but international students are welcome. CTY is one of many academic opportunities outside of school.
Overall, CTY has benefited me academically and socially. At CTY, I learned a lot about how actual engineering works and what engineers do on a day-to-day basis. Also, CTY benefited me socially because now I am connected to people I met through CTY, and I know people from all over the world. CTY was a great experience, and I encourage you to try it.