EI is an exciting, hands-on summer course for high school students interested in engineering. This program is offered at the JHU Homewood campus in Baltimore, MD and at other sites in California, the District of Columbia, Pennsylvania and Washington. A residential experience is available at both the JHU Homewood campus and at the California State University – Fullerton campus.
Over four or five weeks (depending upon the site) 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 take-home final exam.
Students who earn an A or B grade in the course are awarded 3 credits from Johns Hopkins University.
The objective of this course is to introduce engineering ideas, thoughts, and problem-solving to potential engineering students and help them answer the questions: Is engineering for me? If so, what field? Team-time-cost management projects, multi-parameter problems and, problems without single correct solutions are emphasized. The course is intended to expose students to the framework within which engineers typically operate. Although the course is “field independent”, it does introduce students to problems and ideas from specific engineering disciplines.
Synthesizing theory and knowledge in order to solve problems: Not just theory out of context--the “what”. But also the “why”, “when”, and under what conditions the theory may be invoked tosolve a problem. Learning is also discovering what doesn’t work.
". . . a failed structure provides a counterexample to a hypothesis and shows us incontrovertibly what cannot be done, while a structure that stands without incident often conceals whatever lessons or caveats it might hold for the next generation of engineers."
----------- Henri Petroski, To Engineer Is Human