Feb. 28, 2014, Blue Bell, Pa.— This summer area high school students have the opportunity to put their math and science skills to work and explore the intriguing field of engineering through the Johns Hopkins Engineering Innovation Program offered June 23-July 24 at Montgomery County Community College’s Central Campus, 340 DeKalb Pike, Blue Bell.
During the intensive five-week program held Monday through Thursday, 9 a.m.-3 p.m., students will learn to think and problem-solve like engineers through collaborative lab work, group projects, lectures and assignments. They will apply their knowledge and skills to practical projects and test theories and concepts through hands-on activities.
This enriching program also provides students with the options to earn college credits at Johns Hopkins University, or transfer the credits to Montgomery County Community College to continue as dual enrollment students, if they are still in high school, or as college students, if they have graduated. Of the Engineering Innovation alumni surveyed in 2013, approximately 80 percent of the participants have gone on to major in engineering or science.
“I am very excited to be a part of this innovative program as it captivates young minds and introduces them to the broad range of engineering disciplines through lab activities, lectures, group projects and simulations,” says Engineering Instructor Gayathri Moorthy, Ph.D., who will be teaching the program. “This program has been successful in encouraging a large percentage of the participants into STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) fields, and I hope we are successful in continuing this trend with a successful program again this year at Montgomery County Community College.”
Interested students may apply by completing an online application and submitting a 250-word essay, letter of recommendation and official high school transcript. As prerequisites for the program, students must have completed Algebra II, Trigonometry, a lab science (biology, chemistry or physics), have spreadsheet application experience and have earned As and Bs in math and science courses. Tuition is $2,300 and the application fee is $55. Need-based financial assistance is available. For more information or to apply to the program, visit engineering.jhu.edu/ei.
-- Diane VanDyke
PHOTO: As a culminating project of the Engineering Innovation Program, students will research various bridge structures, and then work together in teams to create their own bridges using spaghetti pasta and epoxy. During the final day of the program, the teams will compete to see which bridge will withstand the most weight without breaking. Photo by Anita Jerva