COSMOS: Residential Program for Aspiring Engineers
In 2005 UCSD became the fourth UC campus to host the California State Summer School for Mathematics and Science (COSMOS).The Jacobs School organized the program, which brought 83 high school students from around California to the UCSD campus.
The students were clustered into five topic areas, and worked on projects ranging from the impact of global warming on sea turtle populations to building earthquake- resistant structures, and programming computer games with artificial intelligence capabilities. Students interested in mechanical engineering got a crash course in controls and computer-aided drawing. Their final projects were kinetic sculptures (pictured).
The Jacobs School plans to grow the COSMOS program at UCSD by 50 percent to 120 students in 2006. Meantime, many of the students in the COSMOS class of 2005 say they plan to apply for admission to UCSD, and more importantly, to pursue careers in science or engineering.