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Clark State Brings Engineering Innovation Program to Clark County High School Students

Clark State Brings Engineering Innovation Program to Clark County High School Students

February 9, 2015

Clark State Community College will offer the Johns Hopkins University Engineering Innovation summer program for local high school students with an aptitude in math and science and an interest in engineering. Students will learn to think and problem-solve like engineers in this college-level program.

“Because of the generosity of local donor Rosalyn R. Bullock, 24 qualified students will be selected from Clark County applicants to attend the program at no cost,” said Kristin Culp, vice president of advancement at Clark State. “The program will be held on Clark State’s Leffel Lane campus in a brand new state-of-the-art facility.” 

Applications are currently being accepted. Interested students should apply using the online application at “We hope to have wide representation from all public and private schools in Springfield and Clark County,” said Culp. “Qualified students should submit their applications early for best opportunity.”

“Clark State is honored to partner with Johns Hopkins University and bring this world-class opportunity to the students of Clark County,” said Dr. Jo Alice Blondin, president of Clark State. This program recently received approval from the Ohio Board of Regents. Clark State will be one of two community college locations nationwide to host the program and will be the first site to offer “Phone & Games,” a new program for middle school students developed by Johns Hopkins.

“This course offers great opportunities to our local students; namely, experiencing hands-on labs, exploring several professions within the field of engineering and the ability to earn three college credits from Johns Hopkins University,” said Kanesha Hall, manager of STEM programs at Clark State.

The program typically comes with a price tag of $2,400 per student, but Clark County students, including homeschool students, accepted into the program will be able to attend for no cost.

Culp said the program is a condensed version of the Johns Hopkins’ introductory engineering survey course that enables students to explore various engineering fields. Clark County students who earn an A or B in the course will receive a Johns Hopkins transcript and three engineering elective credits. A Clark State faculty member will participate in a week of training at Johns Hopkins prior to teaching the course.  

The class will be held from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., weekdays, beginning June 29 and concluding July 24. There will be no class on Friday, July 3. During these four weeks, students will complete lab activities in computer engineering, chemical engineering, electrical engineering, material science, civil engineering, robotics and mechanical engineering. They also prepare a presentation in response to a Request for Proposal, learn about engineering economics, write a research paper, take weekly quizzes and complete a comprehensive take-home final exam.

More information about the program is found on the Engineering Innovation website at

Student prerequisites include:

 “Students in 10th, 11th and 12th grades who have met the above prerequisites are acceptable applicants,” said Hall. Freshman in advanced or gifted classes are also eligible to apply. Students must write an essay, have a math or science teacher recommendation letter, school transcripts and complete the online application.

“It is a special opportunity to engage in activities that involve various types of engineering,” said Hall. “As an educator myself, I want Clark County high school students to know that pre-college experiences are essential to mapping out your path to college.”

For more information, contact Kanesha Hall at (937) 328-6079.

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