Engineering Innovation : 

A Summer Program for High School Students


The CSUF-JHU Engineering Innovation Summer 2020 Program has been cancelled due to COVID-19

Johns Hopkins University - California State University Fullerton Partnership

  • Learn About Engineering Innovation
  • About Hopkins Program
  • How to apply to the summer program
  • Hopkins faculty

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.

students working on a summer project 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. This year, a residential option is only available at the Johns Hopkins University Homewood campus.

How do I apply?

Applications will be accepted until the site has reached full enrollment, and the deadlines pageOpens in new window on the Engineering Innovation website will frequently post upcoming due dates. The online applicationOpens in new window 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 ProcessOpens in new window page on the Engineering Innovation website.

John's Hopkins summer program 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.

Admission is competitive and very limited. Please apply on-line beginning December, 2019.


In a post survey of the summer 2015 participants:

  • 87% said the course challenged them in ways they had not experienced before
  • 87% said the course was worthwhile
  • 87% said that because of the course, they felt more confident in their ability to solve complex math or engineering problems
  • 89% said the course improved their problem solving skills

Of our Engineering Innovation alumni polled in 2015:

  • 90% said the course taught them how math and science apply to real world problems
  • 89% said the course helped them understand what engineers do and how they think
  • 88% have decided to become an engineer (75%) or pursue a career in the sciences (13%)
  • 88% said they’d recommend the course to anyone interested in engineering or science
  • 79% said the course taught them how to learn on their own




 Quotes from Former Parents and Students of the EI Summer Program

“In our appreciation, EI is by far the best summer program for any rising junior or senior interested in or considering engineering as a career choice. The list of qualities and reasons to attend is long, but topping it are the curriculum’s content, the nature of projects and other assignments, and the program structure which exposes participants to a balance of academics and practical experiences.”

                                                                                                                    — EI Parents

“Engineering Innovation was the hardest class I’ve ever taken, but it was also the most rewarding. It’s like I went to college a whole year early. The friendships you make are incomparable, and the new levels of independence you gain makes high school feel very small. I learned many lessons both in and outside the classroom. The whole experience was a mini tutorial for how to be successful in college.”

                                                                                                 — EI Student


Engineering Innovation program from 2018