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What are some extra-curricular engineering/architecture courses or programs you can take?

I'm still not fully sure what I want to do as a job or what I want to go to college for but engineering/architecture somewhat interests me so I want to try something related to that out. #engineering #architecture

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Courtney’s Answer

Hey Jakob, not sure what courses in high school there are for engineering/architecture studies, but there are many internship programs you could do in the summer with Engineering companies. I just found a program with San Francisco Public works (https://sfpuc.org/about-us/careers-sfpuc/internships-apprenticeships-and-youth-employment). It has summer engineering internships for High school students. Do some research on what engineering or architecture companies you might be interested in and see if they have internships on their company website. Hope that helps!
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Dexter’s Answer

Hi Jakob,

Have you talked to your teachers about if your school participates in Destination Imagination (https://www.destinationimagination.org)? When I was in high school, this was a program that got me really excited about engineering and architecture, as it allowed me to apply the science, math, and arts concepts that I had learned during high school.

When I participated in 2001, our goal was to build a three-tier structure—one part wood, one part paper, and the last part paper and wood—that would be the lightest it could be, while holding up the most amount of weight. I don't remember the exact specifics, but my team ended up building a structure that withstood 500+ lbs while weighing a little over 100 grams!

I just remembered this project because you stated your goal was to learn more about architecture and engineering. Looking at the challenges they have this year, it seems like they have some challenges that I think you'll be really interested in.

I hope this was helpful, and I wish you the best!

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Antigone’s Answer

I suggest you knock on the door of an empyer and see if you can intern there/job shadow. Classes are nice, but it matters to see what is really going on at a company. Outside of that, take a construction class. See what it takes to make what's on that blueprint.
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Dennis’s Answer

Hello Jakob, I fully understand your situation. For people who have the "soul" of engineer, when it comes to decision making, we will seek for data. Well, I would love to recommend you to take a visit to Forage (https://www.theforage.com/course-catalog/Engineering). You can find quite a number of engineering-relevant programs there. There, not only you will get the chance to explore what kind of things an engineer will do, but also the experience & prove (completion certification) that can add value to your profile & resume in future when you're looking for a job.

Hope this info helps and all the best to you! You're gonna have a bright future!
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