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Capstone Impact Challenge

Students finish their Captsone Impact Challenge presentation at NYLF Engineering, an Envision summer program for high school students.The core curricular component of the program, the Capstone Impact Challenge provides you with the unique opportunity to work toward solving some of the Sustainable Development Goals set forth by the United Nations while also expanding your understanding of the engineering field that you are most passionate about.

During this competitive design challenge, you and your team members will be presented with a real-world problem. An example of a problem students have previously been tasked with is obtaining clean water in countries that lack the general infrastructure. After analyzing your challenges and constraints, you will utilize your creativity and various state-of-the-art technologies, such as ArcView GIS, to plan, ideate, and prototype your solution. The challenge culminates in a multi-round competition where the best solutions are determined. 


Speaking Engagements

NYLF Engineering students listen to an interactive presentation from an engineering professional.Hear from academic faculty and professional leaders in various engineering disciplines during the keynote address, Hot Topics in Engineering Seminars, and visits to engineering labs and facilities. Your interactions with these subject matter experts will provide you with the insight into recent innovations in engineering and the keys to a successful future career in this dynamic field.

Past participating speakers include:

  • Dr. John Cressler, Schlumberger Chair Professor in Electronics, Georgia Tech
  • Dr. Gary S. May, Dean, College of Engineering, Georgia Tech
  • Anna Dietrich, Co-Founder, Terrafugia
  • Dr. Douglas A. Lauffenburger, Head, Department of Biological Engineering, MIT
  • Dr. Tak-Sing Wong, Mechanical and Nuclear Engineering, Penn State University
  • Kevin Surace, CEO, Appvance
  • Dr. Martin Buehler, Chief Robotist & Research Principle Investigator, iRobot
  • Dr. Steve S. Holt, Professor of Physics, Franklin W. Olin College of Engineering
  • Dr. Ayanna Howard, Associate Director of Research, Georgia Tech Institute for Robotics and Intelligent Machines Motorola Foundation Professor
  • Dr. James Wade, Vice President of Mission Assurance, Raytheon
  • Dr. James D. Plummer, Dean, School of Engineering, Stanford University
  • Dr. Cherry A. Murray, Dean, School of Engineering & Applied Sciences, Harvard University
  • Dr. Carol Livermore, Assistant Professor of Manufacturing, Department of Mechanical Engineering, MIT, MIT Solar Electric Vehicle Team

Helicopter Electronics Workshop

A student demonstrates his helicpoter from the NYLF Enginnering workshop created by Andrew Barry, Ph.D., a MIT grad and Founder of Stage One Education.

Apply electronics concepts to program a microcontroller to independently fly a model helicopter in this activity developed by Andrew Barry, Ph.D., a Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) grad and Founder of Stage One Education.

“The helicopter workshop manages to pack the best parts of robotics -- circuits, programming, and autonomous control -- into an amazingly fun package.”

-Andrew Barry, Ph.D.        

Search #heliworkshop in Instagram or click here to see what previous program attendees were able to accomplish during this educational and entertaining workshop.


Site Visits

NYLF Engineering students enjoy a trip to a local engineering company.In addition to staying at a top-ranked engineering school and experiencing an exclusive campus tour and engineering-focused cultural site visit, you will also have unique access to engineering labs and facilities. At each of these locations, you will witness cutting-edge technologies and interact with highly accomplished professionals who have engineered their own paths to success.

Past site visits have included:

  • Cisco Systems, Inc.
  • NASA Ames Exploration Center
  • MIT Nuclear Reactor Lab
  • Microsystems Technology Lab
  • Stanford Nanocharacterization Lab
  • Yahoo!

Career Immersion

Experience the full life cycle of an actual engineering project and gain insights from engineers who were integral to its execution and delivery. During this real-life engineering experience, you will engage in an interactive exploration through all of the phases of product creation as you participate in small group workshops and hands-on stations while receiving instruction from an engineer who worked on the project.

This experience will not only provide you with exposure to engineering companies and professionals, but it will also give you a glimpse into your future as you gain a 360-degree view of the roles and responsibilities of engineers.