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Early Engineering Institute (EEI)

The College of Engineering and GEAR UP offer the Early Engineering Institute, a free, four-day residential summer program for high-achieving 9th and 10th grade GEAR UP students. The goals of the program are to strengthen students’ math and problem solving skills, prepare students for applying to college, increase students’ awareness and understanding of careers in engineering, and increase students' confidence through self-exploration, leadership and confidence-building activities. 

EEI gives 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 math and problem solving skills, which they will need upon entering into their next grade level.

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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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High school students explore engineering at UW through the Early Engineering Institute.

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:

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August 29, 2014 | Office of Minority Affairs and Diversity

GEAR UP EDI Summer Programs Help Students Succeed in College

Students and teachers were on the University of Washington campus this summer for the GEAR UP Educator Development Initiative (EDI). Events included workshops for middle and high school teachers to improve their curriculum and instruction, programs to inspire 9th and 10th graders to pursue engineering careers, and leadership opportunities. All activities were geared toward a common goal: preparing students for success in college.

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August 15, 2013 | Office of Minority Affairs and Diversity

Eighth and ninth-graders get early introduction to engineering at summer institute

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.

several of the students attending the Early Engineering Institute

August 3, 2012 | UW Today

Summer programs aim to encourage and prepare minorities to attend college

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.

Early Engineering workshop

August 24, 2012| Office of Minority Affairs and Diversity

RISE UP GEAR UP Partners with College of Engineering to Host Summer Institute

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.

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August 7, 2012 | The Daily

UW Summer Program Launches Young Students Into Engineering

“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.”