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The University of Massachusetts Amherst

Building & Construction Technology: CityLab


The BCT (Building & Construction Technology) CityLab is a two-week immersive pre-college program for high school students interested in exploring building construction, sustainability, engineering, architecture, and technology-related career paths.

The BCT Citylab course format includes a series of daily hands-on activities including construction site tours, use of emergent technologies (drones, infrared cameras, air quality testing, AR/VR), software (Fusion 360, Sketchup, Minecraft, AUTOCAD), and fabrication tools (specialty 3D printers/lasers, hand/power tools, industrial sewing machines, CNC equipment). Students also conduct science lab experiments and participate in service-learning activities. The learning experience culminates with a design-build competition with industry professionals, partners and community organizations.

Students in this course will learn by doing - they will explore and apply building science principles in the real-world classroom of the Boston Metro region, while based at the Mount Ida Campus of the University of Massachusetts Amherst, located in Newton.

This course is offered at the UMass Mt. Ida campus with commuter and residential options available.