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College of ECS Host Summer Engineering Innovation Program for High School Youth

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The College of Engineering and Computer Science (ECS) is pleased to announce the return of the Exploring Engineering Innovation (EEI) program. The Exploring Engineering Innovation program is a pre-college program which is a collaboration with John Hopkins University that introduces the field of engineering to high school youth via a 4-week summer course. The program has been hosted for nearly 10 year at CSUF and was postponed for the last two years due to the COVID 19 pandemic. We wish to extend the opportunity to the larger Titan Community (students, staff, faculty and alumni) to invite your high school age family members, relatives and kids to apply to the EEI program.

Exploring Engineering Innovation at CSUF is still accepting applications for the program until mid-May. The EEI participants will take part in lab experiments, simulations and apply their knowledge gained in the high school classrooms to real-word practice. Since the program is a college level engineering course the ideal applicant should have knowledge of Algebra II, Trigonometry and Chemistry or Physics. This is a great program for high school students with an appetite for math and science to learn about the field of Engineering before starting their college careers. About 90% of EEI participants go on to pursue a STEM major in college. We encourage students of color and women identified high school youth to apply to the EEI program to increase access to STEM fields for these underrepresented groups.

The program will be in person at CSUF so that participants can engage in hands on projects from July 5th through July 29th from Monday-Fridays from 9AM-3PM. The course is taught by CSUF Engineering Instructor(s) but the curriculum is designed and planned by John Hopkins University and will have projects, assignments, quizzes and exams. The course will have the academic support through a teaching fellow(s) which is a high school math or science teacher to assist students. The program concludes with a recognition ceremony and a spaghetti bridge breaking test. The spaghetti bridge breaking test is final project participants work on and test in front of their family on who constructed the strongest bridge. See footage from one of the first EEI program hosted at CSUF here:  

The College of ECS does offer need-based scholarships for students who may require financial assistance to help pay tuition for the program and John Hopkins University does provide fee waivers for the application for students who are eligible for free/reduce lunch program and/or the Collegeboard (AP exams) waiver.

Please connect with the CSUF EEI Site Coordinator, Elaina Sidney at for any questions, comments or concerns regarding the summer program. We hope to see some of our fellow Titan Community relatives and family participate this year. Apply 

Elaina Sidney