Aerospace Engineering at UCLA

Learn the fundamentals of flight mechanics, deep dive the differences between aeronautical and astronautical engineering and engage with professionals in the field.

Summer Aerospace Engineering program for teens in Los Angeles

Program Highlights

Learn the fundamentals of flight mechanics, aerodynamics, propulsion systems, and aircraft design.
Understand the key differences between aeronautical and astronautical engineering and use basic orbital mechanics with industry-standard software.
Engage with professionals in the field about the latest advancements in aerospace engineering and flight technology.

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Session 1:
June 23, 2024 July 5, 2024

Session 2:
July 7, 2024 July 19, 2024


UCLA, Los Angeles, CA


  • It was nice to have an actual engineer as the instructor of the course who had been on the job for most of his life.

    Griffin H.

  • I enjoyed the real world insight from the field trips. We went to a construction site and Autodesk Gallery to learn about the mechanics of machines and buildings.

    James L.

Course Overview

With companies like Boeing, SpaceX, Relativity Space, The Aerospace Corporation, Northrop Grumman, and NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory – to name a few – located nearby, there’s no better place to launch into the field of Aerospace Engineering than with Summer Springboard in Los Angeles this summer. Ever wonder how a rocket works or how an aircraft stays airborne? What is actually needed to launch a person or satellite into space? Our Aerospace Engineering program on the campus of UCLA offers students the chance to understand the physics and dynamics of air and spacecraft using basic orbital mechanics. Students will participate in hands-on design challenges, ultimately building and launching their own glider or rocket. Previous foundational knowledge in the following classes is either recommended (R) or strongly recommended (SR), but not required: algebra (R), geometry (R), trigonometry (SR), calculus (SR), and physics 1 and 2 (SR).

Guest Speakers and Excursions: Students will visit a local aerospace engineering company in the L.A. area.

Topics you'll explore

Hands-On Learning

Learn the intricacies and challenges behind designing, building and landing your own glider or rocket.

Career Exploration

Through meeting a variety of experts in the field, gaining valuable insight and knowledge from guest speakers at world renowned companies and partaking in hands-on experiential learning you'll get a much deeper sense of what it takes to pave the way toward a career in aerospace engineering.

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