Sophomore, Junior, or Senior in High School? Interested in science, working with international peers? Then spend two weeks in an international learning program at Boston College where you will be working alongside students from China.

You will learn about the Internet of Things (IoT) and Cloud Computing technologies. Both are on the cutting edge of computer science and engineering. You will apply these skills to design, create, and build hydroponic systems that you will be able to monitor from the cloud. You will apply engineering design principles as you use Autodesk’s Fusion 360 software to design your systems and then print prototypes using 3D printers before building your system.

  • In each two-week session you will design and build hydroponic systems using cutting edge software, hardware, and connect your systems to the cloud.

    In week one you will learn the basic chemistry, physics, and biology of hydroponics and you will be immersed in the engineering design process where you will design a system that can sit on a counter or table that will produce as many plants as possible. You will also learn to use Autodesk Fusion 360 to design your systems and print prototypes using 3D printers.

  • At the end of week 1 and through week 2, you will learn how to use and program Raspberry Pi minicomputers ( and other new technologies.

    You will learn basic programming (the Raspberry PI’s can be programmed using the basic python language) and you will be determining how to connect and program sensors for dissolved oxygen, pH, salinity, temperature and other variables.

    Raspberry Pis also have functional Wi-Fi and wired connections that will enable you to utilize web-based monitoring of your hydroponic systems. By the end of the session you will have the skills to build your own automation systems for your home.

  • In week two you will learn about the the Internet of Things (IoT). IoT is one of the fastest-growing subfields of Computer Science and engineering that welcomes much innovation and entrepreneurship.

    You will build cloud-enabled IoT devices and learn how to send data you collected from your hydroponics systems to other devices and to the cloud. You will also create real-time data visualization on the IBM Watson IoT cloud platform with the data collected by your IoT devices, so you can monitor and control your hydroponics system from anywhere in the world..