Johns Hopkins University Engineering Innovation


program overview

Engineering Innovation is an exciting, college-level, summer program for motivated high school students with an aptitude in math and science and an interest in (or curiosity about) engineering. In the program, students learn to think and problem-solve like engineers and have the opportunity to earn Johns Hopkins University (JHU) credit.

By applying knowledge of math and science to labs and hands-on projects, the concepts learned in high school classrooms are linked to real-world practice.  Additionally students’ confidence grows as they attend college-level lectures, solve problems, test theories, and ultimately learn to think like engineers.

Over this four — or five—week (depending upon the site) program, students complete lab activities in computer engineering, chemical engineering, electrical engineering, materials science, civil engineering, and mechanical engineering.  They also prepare a presentation in response to a Request for Proposal, learn about engineering economics, write a research paper, take weekly quizzes, and complete a comprehensive final exam.

  • Curriculum developed by Johns Hopkins University
  • 88% of Engineering Innovation graduates have gone on to study engineering or science in college
  • The student to faculty ratio is 12:1 or lower
  • Students learn from practicing engineers about careers, internships and educational opportunities in the field
  • Students with a final grade of A or B receive three Johns Hopkins University credits
  • Certificates of Completion are awarded to all students who successfully complete the course
  • A residential option is available at the Johns Hopkins University Homewood campus and Hood College in Frederick, MD.

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    Specialization(s): STEM

    Selectivity: Selective

    Because the Engineering Innovation course is college level course, for a student to be eligible to apply, the student must meet the following requirements:

    • Have A's and B's in their high school math and science classes
    • Successfully completed Algebra II
    • Successfully completed a lab science course (Physics, Chemistry and/or Biology).  Many students feel that knowledge of physics is particularly helpful for the course.
    • Successfully completed a course where the trigonometric functions are taught.  To meet the trigonometry prerequisite students, must be able to use the trigonometric functions and be comfortable applying the laws of sines and cosines to non-right angle triangles.  If you learned to use the trigonometric functions in a course other than one called Trigonometry, you will select “Yes, as part of another course” and enter the course name when asked if you have taken Trigonometry on the online application.

    Location: Frederick, MD or Baltimore, MD (Depending on Program)

    Duration: The program duration depends on the location and is either 4 or 5 weeks long.

    Financial Aid: N/A