What types of materials do I need for an engineering program?
Great Question! The main material you need is your BRAIN. Honestly! You will take certain classes where they will tell you to get such-and-such, and they are important but they don't need to be in your hands before the class.
It's good to brush up on your math the summer before you start college. It wouldn't hurt to know your derivatives and integrals and properties and laws of cosines and "Thee" Chart (or unit circle) before you even enter college...you'll end up having to re-memorize everything which is a drag. Which puts me to say: you'll need a scientific calculator and a computer. Laptops are preferable, but definitely not required.
But other things you may end up buying along the years:
- Triangles (for drafting)...you can do some cool tricks with these
- Engineering paper/ graph paper...there are many more lines which makes room for more problems!
- Compass/Protractor...also for drafting
- Breadboard...a circuit board for prototyping designs and learning circuits!
And honestly, I can't think of anything else. You'll see it when it comes. Most importantly, you need to be ready to learn ;-)