Engineering Innovation Summer Camp

Posted on August 1, 2010  Comments (3)

Summer engineering program fosters genuine interest for some students

Engineering Innovation, which Johns Hopkins has taken nationwide since 2006, is designed to encourage students to pursue careers in engineering and science. According to the university, 90 percent of students who participate in the summer program continue on that path.

Shiesha McNeil, 16, discovered a new potential career during the four-week course. Shiesha — whose bridge held 49 water bottles — had never worked with electric circuits before the class, and she became enthralled with the science behind electricity.

Shiesha is looking at the University of Pennsylvania and Georgetown University. She wants to be a software or computer engineer. “I’ve never worked with electricity like that before,” she said. “I got to work with circuits! I got to make a robot move!”

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3 Responses to “Engineering Innovation Summer Camp”

  1. Tessa
    August 2nd, 2010 @ 6:44 pm

    I am so happy to read of a summer camp for teens that is trying to kindle that spark to open them up to learning in areas they never would have thought to try. I look back and remember some awesome teachers that taught me to try new areas, explore new directions, see things with eyes clearly looking for things I hadn’t seen before. It is so important to ignite that spark. Too often teachers are spending time teaching how to test better instead of learn more.

  2. Anonymous
    August 6th, 2010 @ 4:45 am

    It’s good to know that they encourage students to join summer camps like these for future careers in engineering and science. It also helps the students to discover new things and what they really want and what they learned to love doing in their life. Good job! Congratulations.

  3. Anonymous
    October 24th, 2010 @ 7:31 pm

    I regularly see articles in the news talking about how there is a demand for engineers and mathematicians. Well, I have a degree in Mathematics (3 year course) and another degree in Civil Engineering (5 year course) and I have just been laid off from my job as an engineering design consultant, due to lack of government funding. I am one of the best highway engineers going, but despite looking for jobs nationwide in the UK (300 mile radius), I still can’t find work. I have therefore turned to web design and SEO. I also have a couple of online businesses. With hindsight, I would have done a course in Computer Science (C++, Java, PHP, etc.), where you can work for yourself or for a ocmpany much easier and there is much more work.

    Civils will pick up again, but by that time, I will work for myself in a different field, which is a shame after all of my training.

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