Author: Lisa Ercolano
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Supported by a grant from the Motorola Solutions Foundation, 10 talented high school students from underrepresented minority groups will have the opportunity this summer to attend an intense, immersive pre-college engineering program offered by Johns Hopkins University’s Whiting School of Engineering.

The four-week, in-person Explore Engineering Innovation program introduces engineering concepts and fields to motivated high school students and offers them the chance to earn college credit for their work. Students in the program, who come from across the country, are challenged to apply math and science concepts learned in their high school classrooms to solve problems, test theories, and learn to think like engineers. Offered through the university’s Center for Educational Outreach, Explore Engineering Innovation is held in residential and commuter formats at more than a dozen locations throughout the country each summer, as well as online. Since its launch in 2006, more than 5,100 students have participated in EEI, and about 80% of EEI graduates have gone on to study engineering or science in college.

Students supported by the Motorola Solutions Foundation awards will participate in the summer 2022 program on Johns Hopkins’ Homewood campus in Baltimore, and at the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory in Laurel, Maryland, as well as on the campus of the University of San Diego in California. This grant marks the first partnership between the Motorola Solutions Foundation and the Whiting School of Engineering.

“Explore Engineering Innovation has a proven track record of success in not only building students’ skillsets, but also their confidence and potential for success in STEM,” said Karen Borgsmiller, director of EEI. “We are so grateful that Motorola Solutions Foundation is working with us to provide this wonderful opportunity to 10 motivated and talented students across the country. I can’t wait to meet the new scholars!”

The Motorola Solutions Foundation is the charitable arm of Motorola Solutions. Each year, it awards grants to organizations such as Johns Hopkins in support of technology and engineering education and first responder programs, prioritizing underrepresented and/or underserved populations within those areas of focus.

“The Motorola Solutions Foundation aims to partner with organizations that align to our values of accountability, innovation, impact, diversity and inclusion,” said Karem Perez, executive director of the Motorola Solutions Foundation. “We are proud to support organizations like Johns Hopkins Engineering Innovation that embody these values as they cultivate the next generation of diverse engineers and inventors.”

Explore Engineering Innovation

Explore 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.