Early Engineering Institute
The College of Engineering has partnered with GEAR UP to offer The Early Engineering Institute, which is a free, four-day residential summer program for high achieving 8th and 9th grade GEAR UP students. The goals of the program are to strengthen students’ algebra skills, increase students’ understanding of careers in engineering and increase students’ understanding of the role of engineers on a global scale.
We accomplish these goals by giving middle and high school students the chance to live and dine on-campus in a residence hall, visit real engineering labs across all disciplines, and study in engineering classrooms. These activities are all designed to expose and prepare students for advanced algebra skills, which they will need upon entering into high school.
Who Can Attend the Early Engineering Institute?
This program is a partnership between the College of Engineering and GEAR UP; as such, only GEAR UP students are able to participate in this program.
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Early Engineering Institute in the News
The Early Engineering Institute has been featured in several University of Washington articles. Read more about the positive impact this program has on students:
August 15, 2013 | Office of Minority Affairs and Diversity
Fifty-nine rising eighth and ninth-graders from throughout the state spent four days in July on the UW campus participating in hands-on engineering labs, activities, and math classes that prepared them to enter the next grade level and increased their understanding of engineering. The event was the second annual Early Engineering Institute, hosted by the Office of Minority Affairs & Diversity in partnership with Washington State GEAR UP and the UW College of Engineering.
August 3, 2012 | UW Today
The Early Engineering Institute brought twenty-seven middle school students to live on campus for two nights and three days. Students visited research labs and took math workshops to prepare them for a national curriculum in the fall. The institute is profiled in a round-up of summer programs that help inspire students to pursue higher education and prepare them for college life.
August 24, 2012| Office of Minority Affairs and Diversity
The three-day institute aimed to introduce students to science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) fields and prepare them to perform well in middle and high school math. It also helped increase their understanding of various engineering careers.
August 20, 2012 | The Daily
“They are good, well-focused, and curious students,” Johnson said. “Their curiosity will lead them to success in engineering. So we want to make sure they know about it and prepare them for it. … We show students the really cool things you can do as an engineer, and it will encourage them to take the rigorous classes at school.”
UW Summer Youth Programs Programs for elementary, middle, and high school students.
CSE Summer Camps Programs for middle and high school students.
Materials Camp Annual, one-week workshop for high school students to experience materials science & engineering.
Math Academy An intensive, four-week residential session held on campus in summer. Students develop skills to prepare for college-level math and engineering.