If you happen to know any teenagers who would rather spend the summer building robots and spaghetti-bridges than lifeguarding or sleeping in, be sure to point them toward Johns Hopkins’ Engineering Innovation. Over the past decade, the program has hosted enthusiastic high school math/science buffs who spend a month “develop[ing] the skills to think and problem solve like engineers.”
Clearly, this program isn’t for everyone. For one, participants have to have completed Algebra II and Trigonometry, as well as be comfortable using a spreadsheet program like Excel. For another, they have to be stoked at the idea of spending the summer with like-minded — and we mean this in the most celebratory, positive sense possible — nerds. Those who are so inclined will spend their time crafting elaborate mousetraps, elegantly complex spaghetti bridges, an listening to lectures on dimensional reasoning, digital systems, and something called “truss analysis.” And presumably making friends, developing crushes, talking nerd talk, etc. Check out these photos for evidence of how much fun these kids must have.
Financial aid — including full scholarships — is available for those who need it, and kids who leave the summer class with an A or B grade can get three college credits from Hopkins. Perhaps unsurprisingly, ninety percent of program grads go on to study engineering (or science) in college. The deadline is March 15. Alert your favorite nerds.