Explore Engineering Innovation (Online)

  • Explore Engineering Innovation, formerly Engineering Innovation, is an exciting, college-level, summer course 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. During the course, students learn to think and problem-solve like engineers and have the opportunity to earn Johns Hopkins University (JHU) credit.

    By applying knowledge of math and science to labs and hands-on projects, the concepts students learned in high school classrooms are linked to real-world practice.  Additionally, students’ confidence grows as they attend college-level lectures, solve problems, test theories, and ultimately learn to think like engineers.

    Students complete lab activities in civil, chemical, electrical/computer, mechanical engineering and materials science.  They also prepare a presentation in response to a Request for Proposal, learn about engineering finance, and study engineering ethics.

    • Curriculum developed by Johns Hopkins University
    • Students have the opportunity to earn three Johns Hopkins University credits
    • Certificates of Completion are awarded to all students who successfully complete the course

    Many of our past students are applying to colleges and universities across the country!

    When completing these applications, you may need to know the JHU Course Number for Explore Engineering Innovation.

    EEI (Online) Course Number:  EN.500.109

    Course Title on Transcript:  What is Engineering Online – Summer

  • This is a typical day for an Explore Engineering Innovation online student:

    1 hour – Independent study

    • Watch pre-recorded presentations or read short documents that explain new content. Each video is short and has built-in quiz questions to test your understanding.
    • Test your knowledge with simple practice problems.
    • Reach out to teachers by Microsoft Teams chat with questions.
    • Develop questions to ask during the synchronous class meeting.

    3 hours – Class meeting

    • Join the synchronous video call with your class at the same time each weekday. The meeting time options are shown below.
    • Participate in three 50-minute sessions with 15-minute breaks between them.
    • Work in small groups to solve practice problems or complete hands-on labs, projects, and design activities.
    • Get to know your classmates.
    • Receive real-time support from teachers or classmates when you have a question.

    1.5 hours – Homework

    • Demonstrate your understanding of the content through individual activities.
    • Activities include design challenges, quantitative and/or qualitative analysis, and short essays.


    Synchronous class meeting time options

    The synchronous class meeting occurs at the same time each weekday and attendance is required. When you apply to the program, you have the option of selecting up to three choices. Accepted students will be assigned to one time block and, should they choose to enroll, will be expected to attend at that time each weekday.

    • Online 9 am – noon EDT (Baltimore time)
    • Online 2 pm – 5 pm EDT (Baltimore time)
    • Online 7 pm – 10 pm EDT (Baltimore time)
  • Please visit the Eligibility Requirements page for more information.
  • The course materials are divided into modules which can be accessed online via the Learning Management Systems (LMS). A module will have several sections, including an overview, video lectures, readings, quizzes, discussions, and assignments/labs.

    All additional course materials will be provided to the student as part of the course. A lab kit of materials needed for the various labs in the course will be mailed to students before the start of the course.


    Students will need a computer that meets our technical requirements in order to participate in this course. Additionally, the computer should have:

    • access to a spreadsheet application which will allow them to analyze data
    • access to a word processing program that can be used to write their course lab reports
    • access to a presentation program
    • the ability to videotape course projects and upload the footage to the course LMS site or MS Teams
    • a USB port to communicate with an Adafruit Circuit Playground Express
    • reliable internet access
  • Please see the Cost – EEI page for tuition and fees for the course.


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