This course is now closed.

Thank you for your interest in this program, but we are unable to accept more applications or registrations at this time. Please explore our other opportunities and we hope to see you in summer 2024. 

Aerospace Engineering

Do you want to build the next generation of spacecrafts? Does the idea of becoming an astronaut sound thrilling?  Perhaps you simply want to understand the role of space in our global communication and observation systems. Humans will return to the moon over the next decade, and the James Web Space Telescope, EUCLID, and other science platforms are helping us discover the origins of everything. It is an exciting time to explore aerospace engineering!

Discover the basics of space exploration and learn the fundamental physical laws that govern space flight and orbital mechanics. These laws will give you the tools to understand some of the primary parameters underlying the design of space missions and, subsequently, design a space mission of your own! Use computer modeling and build physical prototypes as you go through the engineering design process to discover basic concepts related to rocket stability and performance. Improve the design of a rocket and take the first step on your path to becoming a rocket scientist!


How to Apply

Duke Pre-College uses a 2-step enrollment process: 

  1. First, students apply to the Pre-College program, indicating their course(s) of interest. Apply now.
  2. After they receive notification of their acceptance into Duke Pre-College, they enroll in the course(s) indicated in their Pre-College Application. 

Learn more on our How to Apply page.