Online course designed for high school students

Engineering: From 2D Sketch to 3D Model

Robotics and animation experts. Video game designers. Electrical and mechanical engineers. Architects. Product designers. Many of the world’s most exciting careers start with a basic knowledge of engineering and design. This course offers an introductory look at these skills. You’ll start with 2D sketching and progress through 3D modeling, using computer-aided design (CAD) to develop a professional final project. You’ll learn the language of design and how to communicate your ideas to other engineers. If you’re interested in a college major or a future related to the field, this course is a must.

New this summer: Enjoy all the features of our engineering course PLUS live sessions on weekdays. These structured events will include guest speakers, group mentors, and interaction with classmates. To select this option, choose +Live when you apply.

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Decorative: Engineer making a model using a 3D printer

Program Dates

Multiple two- and four-week sessions


For students ages 13+


$995, $1295 for +Live

Discover the exciting world of engineering design

Explore the Role of Design in Our World and Find Your Place in the Field

Learn the types of objects product designers create, the methods they use, and the problems they solve. Delve into the wide variety of career options and find one that appeals to you. This module alone is a great career workshop.

Take a Primer in 2D Sketching

Practice using the language of design. Learn about primitive and complex shapes, scale and proportion, as well as orthographic and isometric views. Discover how to create a 2D sketch. Select an object from your home and create a user manual.

Generate a 3D Model from a 2D Sketch

Have you ever seen a 3D object layed out in two dimensions? You’ll learn to make this kind of diagram as a model for your final 3D project. You'll also discover how to test quickly with simple prototype creation.

Create a 3D Model Using Computer-Aided Design (CAD) Software

Become skilled at building objects with the pre-established shapes and forms that come with modeling software. Start with a 2D sketch and bring it to life in three dimensions.

Move from Beginner CAD to a More Advanced Level

Develop a fully realized 3D model, starting from your own 2D sketch and customized to your specifications. Learn the basic features designers use to create 3D models. Understand the difference between designing for manufacture versus creating models for digital applications.

Prepare for a Future in Design Engineering

Topics covered in this course provide a solid foundation for those thinking about pursuing a future in mechanical and civil engineering, video game design, architecture, industrial and product design, animation and robotics.

How You Will Benefit

Decorative: 3D printed object created from a 2D sketch

  • Learn to use the language of designers to communicate your ideas to professionals
  • Gain a working knowledge of creating 2D sketches
  • Discover how to transform a 2D sketch into a 3D model
  • Become proficient at using CAD software
  • Enjoy flexible learning: online lessons are delivered by dynamic videos so you can tune in whenever your schedule allows
  • Earn a Certificate of Completion from Case Western Reserve University

Apply Now for the Next Available Course

Engineering: From 2D Sketch to 3D Model

April 3 - May 1

Length: 4 weeks

Cost: $995

Application Deadline: Sunday, March 27, 2022

Engineering: From 2D Sketch to 3D Model

May 22 - June 5

Length: 2 weeks

Cost: $995

Application Deadline: Sunday, May 15, 2022

Engineering: From 2D Sketch to 3D Model

June 12 - June 26

Length: 2 weeks

Cost: $995

Application Deadline: Sunday, June 5, 2022

All course options, whether two or four weeks, have the identical educational content, learning materials, and number of assignments. We provide the option of a condensed version of the course to accommodate students’ individual schedules.

3 Learning Advantages Designed for You

Flexible Learning

  • 100% online, works with your schedule
  • 20-25 hours of total instruction and course work, including engaging multimedia, simulations, and curated assignments for which you will receive guidance and support
  • A flexible format: you’ll learn through engaging video. Tune in anytime that works for you
  • Engage with fellow students from around the world


You’ll receive guidance from a mentor who can support you and answer questions as you deepen your learning experience. You can expect:

  • Encouragement and direction on all assignments
  • Inspiration, motivation and confidence to help you succeed
  • Brainstorming to help as you prepare for your final project

Final Project

The course culminates in a final project in which you will:

  • Generate a robust model of a design of your own choosing. This could be board game miniatures, architectural models, desk organizers, bodies for remote control cars or custom pieces for hobby kits like Legos
  • Use sketches to create solid features for your model
  • Upload a file of your final 3D model, take screenshots from three views, or print your model on a 3D printer
  • Optional: Your final 3D model can be shipped directly to your doorstep so you can display your creation.

Course designed by Case Western Reserve University

Decorative: Ainsley Buckner

Ainsley Buckner

Director of Prototyping, Art, & Community Engagement, Sears think[box]

Buckner coordinates resources, programming and outreach to the local community for Case Western Reserve’s innovation and makerspace, Sears think[box]. Buckner is a certified instructor for Stratasys' Additive Manufacturing certification program, has four years of experience working at a nonprofit organization teaching arts integration in Cleveland public schools with a focus on STEM and project-based learning, and serves as a part-time instructor in Case Western Reserve’s engineering school.

Decorative: Jason Bradshaw

Jason Bradshaw

Director of Design and Manufacturing, Sears think[box]

In addition to serving as an instructor in Case Western Reserve’s engineering school, Bradshaw provides design and manufacturing expertise at Sears think[box]. During more than 20 years in the mechanical engineering profession, Jason designed custom tooling for existing machinery—as well as completely new equipment from the ground up. He has been teaching for the last decade at CWRU—both introductory and advanced classes in the areas of manufacturing, design, graphical communication and computer-aided engineering.

Course Mentors

Decorative: Head shot of Angelo, engineering course mentor

CWRU undergraduate with a major in mechanical engineering. He is on the BAJA SAE team on campus, focused on designing and building off-road racing vehicles to compete with other universities from around the nation. He also has over four years of Solidworks experience and holds 2 professional certifications with Dassault Systèmes, a large software development company.

Decorative: Headshot of Brad, engineering course mentor


CWRU undergraduate with a major in civil engineering. He's involved with various engineering-focused extracurriculars, including the rocket team and the steel bridge team at Case Western Reserve.

How to Apply

It’s easy. No transcripts or letters of recommendation are required. Our application will ask you to provide the following:

  • Basic contact information for you and your parents or guardian.
  • Why you wish to take this course. You can tell your story through writing, video, photos — any media you prefer.

Note: Please submit all application materials in English.

Begin the guided process. It should take only a few minutes of your time to answer the questions.

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We offer need-based pre-college program scholarships in each cohort to students who need assistance with the program cost. The scholarship application is a part of the overall program application. 

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