Become the engineer you are born to be

Catapult is the college prep online curriculum for high school and homeschool students

Many hopeful engineers miss out on a great career because they enter college unprepared.

“A gulp-worthy 60% of freshmen engineering students eventually drop-out or change majors.  Over 40% don’t even make it through year one.

Andrew Belasco, collegetransitions.com

Many potentially successful high school students close the door on a great career path because they enter college unprepared. Our courses help aspiring engineers avoid the misery of a first year spent drowning in material they simply were not prepared for.

The online curriculum you need to succeed as an engineer.

Saves students time and frustration.

We know from experience – entering college unprepared for engineering is a disheartening experience. Our courses set students up to succeed from the start.

Remarkably simple for parents and teachers.

The pressure is off parents and teachers to understand or teach complicated material. Catapult's Teaching Assistants from Auburn University will guide your student through.

Leads to success in college and career.

Engineering is an incredible career path – it's the perfect mix of rewarding and challenging (and yes, lucrative). With our courses, you will lay a foundation for future success.

Catapult is the college prep engineering curriculum developed and taught by engineers.

Our team is here to help you succeed.

As engineers, we know what students need to be successful in college. As teachers, we have been effectively communicating difficult concepts to high school students for over two decades.

If you feel in over your head trying to chart your path to success as an engineer, we get it! Engineering is overwhelming, which is why our experienced team of Teaching Assistants from the Samuel Ginn College of Engineering at Auburn University and I have dedicated ourselves to helping you succeed.

Choosing to do extra coursework in high school is not the easy road, but it will make your life much easier down the road. Invest in your future by joining us in the Catapult Engineering Academy community!

See you in the course,
Mark Conner, PhD, Founder & Lead Teacher

Mark is a Mechanical Engineer with a passion for teaching. Mark has been teaching high school since 1996 and has spent 12 years as an adjunct assistant professor in UAB’s School of Engineering.  Since 2003, he has overseen all of the curriculum development and operations of The Engineering Academy at Hoover High School in Birmingham, AL. He has personally taught Engineering Instrumentation & Analysis, Solid Modeling & Engineering Design, Engineering Computations with MATLAB and LabVIEW, Engineering Design & Entrepreneurship, AP Physics C (Mechanics and Electricity & Magnetism), and more.

Mark completed undergrad at the University of Alabama at Birmingham with a BS in Mechanical Engineering. He continued his education at Duke University's Pratt School of Engineering where he obtained an MS, PhD in Mechanical Engineering.

"Catapult prepared me to succeed in undergrad, my career, and life."

"Catapult cultivated technical and communication skills that enabled me to excel in every first year engineering class."

Emily

Hagood

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I am a sophomore in Materials Science & Engineering at Arizona State University. I can say from firsthand experience that the Catapult curriculum is an invaluable foundation for students entering into university engineering programs! In high school, I took the courses offered through Catapult Engineering Academy. Ideveloped skills in SolidWorks, Microsoft Excel, technical writing, and presentation design and delivery--all of which prepared me to thrive as a learner and leader in the Arizona State engineering community.

"I hope to expose my students to new skills and interests just as Catapult Engineering Academy did for me."

Taylor

Owens

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After graduating from The University of Alabama with a degree in Electrical Engineering, I worked as a test engineer in substations for Alabama Power for two years. Now, I am using my passion for STEM to engage students in the classroom as an upper school mathematics teacher and assistant robotics coach at Darlington School. As a math teacher, I sometimes hear, “When will I ever use this?” I know, from my experience as a student in the Engineering Academy, Catapult has been designed for students to instead eagerly wonder, “How soon will I get to use this?”

"I truly wouldn't be the engineer I am today without what I learned in high school through the Engineering Academy."

Sam

Johnson

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I recently finished a Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Texas at Austin and now work as a Research Engineer at Shell New Energies. I would recommend these courses to some of my colleagues today, and I would certainly recommend them to high schoolers who want to be life-long problem-solvers and excel in the “real world” in addition to the classroom. Many of the skills I learned in the Engineering Academy have proven invaluable in the work I do as an engineer today. For one, the foundation of programming skills I was able to build during high school set me ahead of my peers in college, which gave me time to seek out and learn new skills. As a result, I can code in several languages now and build models every day that hold many of the fundamental building blocks that I learned about in high school.

"I am a living testimony that going through this program works!"

Noah

Townes

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The same material I learned in the Catapult courses showed up in my college classes and to have learned it beforehand made a lot of my college experience so much easier. If given the opportunity to take these courses again I would not think twice. This experience has truly been a blessing for my family and me. As a result of my preparation in high school, I had the opportunity to work as an engineering apprentice for Kamtek Cosma International from the time I graduated high school until I earned a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from UAB. I'm now a Process/Quality Engineer for Kamtek, and I'm currently pursuing a Master's degree in Informational Engineering Management.

"I was able to breeze through all the introductory engineering courses in college."

Rachel

Hendricks

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I'm a senior in Industrial Engineering at Mississippi State University. I'm also minoring in Mathematics and Global Engineering Leadership. My experience through Catapult has been invaluable. Thanks to what I learned in these courses, I often served as a tutor to my peers in our introductory engineering courses. The knowledge gained through the Engineering Academy also helped me succeed in non-technical courses such as English composition, technical writing, and public speaking.

"What I learned through the Catapult courses opened my eyes to the vast array of opportunities available to me."

Capt. Will

Huckeba, USMC Blue Angel

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I am Capt. William Huckeba of the USMC. I graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy with a Bachelor of Science in Aerospace Engineering, and I currently serve as a member of the Blue Angels as a C-130 “Fat Albert” Pilot. What I learned through the Catapult courses opened my eyes to the vast array of opportunities available to me. The grounding in critical thinking and exposure to the engineering thought process paid dividends in my college and professional career.

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College Prep Online Course Descriptions and Pricing

One Course = One Semester = $400*
Two Courses = Two Semesters = $700*

*Financing options are available in checkout through Paypal & Affirm.

Introduction to Solid Modeling and Engineering Design

Audience

Grades 9–12

Overview

Three-dimensional modeling software has changed how quickly designers can move from idea to functioning prototype. These software tools have also impacted the designer’s ability to communicate ideas to others. Introduction to Solid Modeling & Engineering Design teaches students how to create 3D models of parts and mechanisms using SolidWorks, an industry-standard computer-aided design (CAD) program. Students will learn concepts that are commonly taught in the first year of a collegiate engineering curriculum.

Start Date

The first and third Monday of each month beginning August 24, 2020

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While this course is not math-intensive, it is consistent with a freshman-level engineering course and teaches valuable skills for high school students in any grade. Students will be required to read and interpret fully and partially dimensioned drawings and apply geometric relationships (e.g., parallel, perpendicular, tangent, concentric) to define sketches and features associated with solid models. Students who have not completed Algebra 1 are encouraged to take it concurrently.

Students will learn concepts that are commonly taught in the first year of a collegiate engineering curriculum, including:

  • reading and interpreting dimensioned drawings
  • modeling parts with an understanding of design intent
  • using standard CAD tools to create 2D sketches
  • using standard CAD tools to create 3D geometries
  • evaluating physical properties of modeled parts
  • generating engineering drawings from 3D parts

While this course is not math-intensive, it is consistent with a freshman-level engineering course and teaches valuable skills for high school students in any grade. Students who have not completed Algebra 1 are encouraged to take it concurrently.

Technical Requirements: SolidWorks is provided through Catapult Engineering Academy, and the cost is included in the course fee.  SolidWorks only runs under the Windows 10, 64-bit operating system.  It will not run on a Mac unless there is a Windows partition or a virtual machine in place. All Catapult courses require a high speed internet connection.

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Intermediate Solid Modeling and Engineering Design

Audience

Grades 9–12

Overview

Intermediate Solid Modeling & Engineering Design builds on the concepts taught in its prerequisite course, Introduction to Solid Modeling & Engineering Design. This two-course sequence is designed to prepare students to take the Certified SolidWorks Associate – Academic Exam to earn the first level of certification in SolidWorks. Students will be required to apply what they learned in the first course as they study additional concepts that are also commonly taught in the first year of a collegiate engineering curriculum.

Start Date

Requires Prerequisite

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The additional concepts covered in the second course include:

  • creating assemblies and sub-assemblies of multiple parts
  • creating exploded views of assemblies and sub-assemblies
  • applying visual effects
  • creating animations of assemblies
  • modeling physical systems through reverse engineering
  • learning the basics of common subtractive and additive manufacturing techniques
  • studying for the Certified SolidWorks Associate– Academic Exam

While this course is not math-intensive, it is consistent with a freshman-level engineering course and teaches valuable skills for high school students in any grade. Students who have not completed Algebra 1 are encouraged to take it concurrently.

Technical Requirements: SolidWorks is provided through Catapult Engineering Academy, and the cost is included in the course fee.  SolidWorks only runs under the Windows 10, 64-bit operating system.  It will not run on a Mac unless there is a Windows partition or a virtual machine in place. All Catapult courses require a high speed internet connection.

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Introduction to Engineering Computations with MATLAB

Audience

Grades 10–12

Overview

Every engineering discipline is being transformed by the ability to put computers anywhere and interconnect them (Internet of Things). Engineers must have at least a basic understanding of computer programming and the impact that computers have on design solutions. Introduction to Engineering Computations with MATLAB teaches computer programming with the same programming language used in colleges of engineering around the country. Students will learn fundamental programming logic and structures that are taught in the first year of a collegiate engineering curriculum.

Start Date

The first and third Monday of each month beginning August 24, 2020

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Introduction to Engineering Computations with MATLAB focuses on learning to use programming logic and structures in combination with mathematical models to develop automated solutions to real-world problems. The math used in the course includes arithmetic (order of operations), algebra, some use of basic trigonometric functions, basic statistics, and basic matrix mathematics (addition, subtraction, multiplication). The course does include teaching and support material for the required trigonometry and matrix math concepts. Students should have completed Algebra 1 prior to taking the course and are encouraged to at least be taking Geometry concurrently. While the recommended audience is Grades 10–12, younger students who have completed Algebra 1 and have a strong aptitude in math and an interest programming can be successful in this course.

Students will learn fundamental programming logic and structures that are taught in the first year of a collegiate engineering curriculum, including:

  • developing and implementing solution algorithms
  • acquiring and validating input
  • working with numeric and text scalar and array variables
  • using decision-making structures and loops
  • applying matrix operations
  • visualizing data
  • writing original scripts and functions
  • commenting code

Technical Requirements: The software required for this course is the MATLAB Student Edition, which is available for $49.00 from mathworks.com. The cost of the software will be deducted from the course fee when you register for the course. MATLAB is available for Windows, Mac, and Linux.  The student edition license also includes access to MATLAB Online. All Catapult courses require a high speed internet connection.

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Intro to Microsoft Excel & Data Analysis for Engineering

Audience

Grades 10–12

Overview

Nearly every engineer uses spreadsheet software at some point in their careers, and many do so daily. Microsoft Excel dominates the spreadsheet market and is probably the most recognized and readily available computation and analysis tool for engineers. Introduction to Microsoft Excel for Science & Engineering teaches concepts that should be, but typically are not, taught in the first year of a collegiate curriculum for both engineers and scientists. College professors often assume students know some of these concepts, but many of the topics covered in the course may be news to many professors.

Start Date

Releasing Late Fall 2020, Preorder Now

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The concepts covered include inputting formulas that use basic arithmetic operations, statistics functions built into Excel, and some of Excel’s conditional functions that include logical comparisons. Students should have completed Algebra 1 prior to taking the course and are encouraged to at least be taking Geometry concurrently. While the recommended audience is Grades 10–12, younger students who have completed Algebra 1 and have a strong aptitude in math can be successful in this course.

Topics covered include:

  • importing & formatting data
  • using shortcuts to work efficiently in Excel
  • performing automated calculations
  • validating input
  • analyzing univariate and bivariate data
  • analyzing subsets of data
  • visualizing univariate and bivariate data
  • visualizing subsets of data
  • working with text

Technical Requirements: The software required for this course is the desktop version of Microsoft Excel, version 2016 or later. The online version through Office 365 is not sufficient for this course. Students are responsible for acquiring an appropriate desktop version of Microsoft Excel which is available for both Windows and Mac. All Catapult courses require a high speed internet connection.

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