Brain Designers: Engineering

Grades 5-7*: Sundays, Mar. 26 – June 11, 2:15-4:15 (Schwartz-Reisman)
Grades 8+*: Sundays, Mar. 26 – June 11, 4:30-6:30 (Schwartz-Reisman)
*For students who entered these grades in Fall 2022.

Brain Designers: Engineering is an engineering and design series that challenges students to utilize cutting-edge software to design a functioning machine of their very own!

Designed and led by Dr. Marcelo Bacha, who completed a doctoral degree in Material Science and has worked as an amateur telescope maker and faculty in one of the largest Astronomical Observatories in Brazil, the program harnesses Dr. Bacha’s deep knowledge and decades of study and practice in the engineering field.


Dr. Marcelo Bacha completed his undergraduate degree in Physics-Education and his master’s degree in Material Science and Technology at Sao Paulo State University Julio de Mesquita Filho. He completed his doctoral degree in Material Science and Engineering at the University of Sao Paulo. Marcelo worked for six years as a monitor and an amateur telescope maker at the Astronomical Observatory Lionel Jose Andriatto, and for two years as a teacher in one of the biggest Astronomical Observatories in Brazil CEU Foundation. During this time he coauthored the book Construção e utilização de lunetas no ensino de astronomia (The Construction and the Use of Telescopes in Astronomy Teaching). He also has four years of experience in university-level Mechanical Engineering departments, teaching physics, thermodynamics, heat and mass transfer, CAD, as well as supervising capstone projects and undergraduate research. As a teacher, Marcelo believes in the Paulo Freire theory, which says that true education provides freedom by teaching students how to learn through critical thinking.

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