Summer 2020 Online FAQs

How will classes be conducted?

This program will feature predominantly synchronous learning – classroom work, guest lectures from Penn Faculty and industry leaders, lab work with Professor Deliwala, and small group work with current M&Ts and Engineering TAs. The early part of the program will be foundational learning and as the program goes on, the focus will turn to project work.

Goal is to learn skills that will allow you to make a final prototype and go-to-market plan for your idea. We plan to still have everyone work with hardware and will plan to have smaller recitations when you are doing more technical, individualized work.

We may have some of the lecture material pre-recorded. However, our faculty directors will focus on synchronous sessions, designed to be dynamic and to leverage technology to ensure small group contact with professors in addition to whole class discussion.

What will a typical day look like? How many hours can I expect to be working?

Each day will be different. You can expect some morning lectures, guest speakers, and business oriented discussions and in the afternoon you will transition to an engineering focus and complete labs. Labs will be a mixture of simulations, instruction from our Lab Director Professor Deliwala, and intensive small group work with a small group of your peers and our current M&T and Engineering TAs.

We will make sure to accommodate student needs across time zones so that no one is expected to work too early or too late. There will be about seven hours of dedicated programming each day. Beyond that, the hours of homework will likely vary student to student.

The level of rigor will be that off a full-time Ivy League course load. You will not be booked 24/7 for three weeks, but do plan to be committed as if you were physically attending the program. You should plan for these dates to be fully present and engaged with the program.

How will group projects be organized?

We typically place you in groups based on complementary skill sets across teams. We will deploy a survey prior to the program start to ensure we form well-rounded teams. Our current M&T Student TAs will help us in determining these groups. This year, we are considering organizing teams within time zone for ease of collaboration.

Each group will be building a prototype and a go-to-market plan, as in all other iterations of M&TSI. We expect each person on the team to be involved in all aspects of this project. While teams naturally tend to divide the work, we will make sure each member understands and has ample opportunities to explore all hardware and software.

Will there be any opportunities to socialize?

Yes! Beyond your group work, we are working with our M&T TAs to create additional virtual socials and community building exercises.

In addition, Wharton will provide access to the GYM (Global Youth Meetup) to all summer high school program students. We’ll have a dedicated webpage for the GYM soon.

We’re building this site to provide a sense of community and engagement with Wharton/Penn faculty, undergrads, resources, etc.

What will our level of interaction be with Penn Faculty?

You will have frequent, dedicated interaction with our two Engineering faculty directors, Professors Babin and Deliwala. The level of interaction with them will be the same as it is in the traditional M&TSI format. Professors Babin and Deliwala do an excellent job of being highly available to the M&TSI students, even available to answer questions or host office hour on weekends.

We will invite other faculty members from across the Wharton and Engineering community to facilitate guest lectures and share their expertise in much the same way that we typically conduct M&TSI.

How should I prepare for M&TSI?

Purchasing the specific hardware kit and ensuring that you have reliable access to Zoom are the only requirements for participation in this program. Final projects will be based on a low code platform that does not require extensive knowledge of any one programming language. We will provide all other readings, materials, and learning tools.

We are currently testing a variety of hardware kits and will send you purchasing details in the near future.

How does grading work in M&TSI?

This course will be taught in seminar fashion with substantial class discussion, group discussion and breakout exercises.  Thorough preparation and active engagement are essential. Grades will be earned as follows:

Attendance, Participation, and Engagement 20%
Lab completion/Write-ups and data analyses 20%
Case Studies, Quizzes, and other Individual Assignments 25%
Team Assignments 10%
Team Final Project Deliverables 25%
      Go to Market Plan
      Presentation
      Prototype Mini-Fair Ad/Poster & Prototype
Total Grade 100%

Written assignments are to be submitted online (via Canvas) prior to the start of the class on the date they are due. Late papers (anything after the start of class) are not accepted (except in the case of documented incapacity or emergency). In-class will be taken using Respondus Lockdown Browser via Canvas.