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Engineering Innovation to Return for Summer 2017

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The popular Engineering Innovation course is returning to the Johns Hopkins University Montgomery County Campus for summer 2017.

Engineering Innovation is a fun and engaging four-week college-level summer program for motivated high school students with an aptitude in math and science and an interest in -- or curiosity about -- engineering. Students complete hands-on lab activities while learning about materials science, as well as chemical, civil, electrical, computer and mechanical engineering. Throughout the four weeks, students explore how to devise a robot that moves toward light; how to build a bridge that can support the weight of a car; and how to build the perfect mousetrap.

There are weekly quizzes, lab reports, oral presentations, and a final exam. Students also work in teams to construct bridges out of nothing more than spaghetti and glue.

Students who earn an A or B in the course receive three Johns Hopkins University credits.

“Engineering Innovation is a wonderful opportunity for students to learn about a wide variety of engineering disciplines, said Karen Borgsmiller, director of Engineering Innovation.  "The course is a nice mix of hands-on activities and college-level lectures.  We are excited to return to Montgomery County in 2017 for our twelfth summer.”

The application will be available on the Engineering Innovation website on Dec. 15.  Applicants need to provide the Engineering Innovation office with a copy of their high school transcript including their grades from fall 2016, the email address for a teacher willing to complete the online recommendation form, and a 250-word essay in response to the prompt: Explain why you want to participate in the Engineering Innovation course and what you hope to gain from the experience. 

Applicants are advised to check the pre-requisites, which include As and Bs in high school science and math classes; successful completion of Algebra II; successful completion of a lab science class; and successful completion of a course where the trigonometric functions are taught.

Engineering Innovation will be offered at the JHU Montgomery County Campus from 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. Monday through Friday, June 26 to July 21. Class will not be held on July 4.

Financial assistance is available.

Admissions are based on a modified rolling admissions process. Approximately every two weeks until March 15, applications received during that time are evaluated and admission decisions are made.  After March 15, decisions are made on a rolling basis until the site is full. The final application deadline is June 5, 2017.

Applying early is encouraged.

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CATEGORY: Academics, K-12 Outreach