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 California State University, Fullerton

Engineering Innovation

A Summer Program for High School Students
Johns Hopkins University - California State University Fullerton Partnership
June 28, 2015 – July 25, 2015

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What is Engineering Innovation?

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. This program has been available to high school students since 2006. In the program, students learn to think and problem-solve like engineers and have the opportunity to earn Johns Hopkins University (JHU) credit.

Hopkins 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 grow 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, material science, civil engineering, robotics, 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.  A residential option is available at the Johns Hopkins University Homewood campus and at the California State University – Fullerton campus

How do I apply?

Applications will be accepted until the site has reached full enrollment, and the deadlines page on the Engineering Innovation website will frequently post upcoming due dates. The online application and will include an essay, application fee, teacher recommendation, official high school transcripts as well as financial information.  Financial assistance may be available, and is included in the online application process.  For more information on the application process, visit the Application Process page on the Engineering Innovation website. 

Hopkins For a student to be eligible to apply for Engineering Innovation the student must meet the following requirements:

  • Have As and Bs 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.
  • Residential opportunities are offered at Cal State Fullerton. Residential students must be 15 and no older than 17 as of June 30th to be eligible for the residential program.

Admission is very limited. So, please apply on-line beginning February 15, 2015.


In a post survey of the summer 2014 participants:

  • 89% said the course challenged them in ways they had not experienced before
  • 91% said the course was worthwhile
  • 87% said the course helped them understand the various fields of engineering
  • 91% said the course improved their problem solving skills
  • 86% said the course was a fun experience.

Of our Engineering Innovation alumni polled in 2014:

  • 87% said they’d recommend the course to anyone interested in engineering or science
  • 94% said the course taught them how math and science apply to real world problems
  • 91% said the course helped them understand what engineers do and how they think
  • 81% said the course taught them how to learn on their own