Clark State Community College is recruiting middle school and high school students from Madison, Clark, Champaign, Logan, Miami, Montgomery and Greene counties for the Johns Hopkins University Engineering Innovation and Phone & Games programs to be held in the summer of 2017.
“Engineering Innovation is for highly motivated high school students interested in sciences, specifically engineering and mathematics,” said Clark State STEM Programming Manager Kanesha Hall. Applicants must be in grades 9, 10, 11 or 12 and have completed biology, physics or chemistry and Algebra II (with knowledge of sines, cosines and tangents). Students must have earned at least a B in all math and science classes, are required to write an essay expressing interest in the program and be recommended by a math or science teacher.
Engineering Innovation students who earn a grade of B or higher will receive three credits from Johns Hopkins University.
The application for Engineering Innovation is online and will open on December 15, 2016. The program will be held for four weeks at Clark State’s Leffel Lane campus in Springfield, Ohio, beginning June 26, 2017. (There will be no class on July 4, 2017.)
The Phone & Games program, open to highly motivated students in grades 6, 7 and 8, is being offered to qualified students who show an interest in engineering related to mathematics and coding. Applicants must have at least a B in science and math classes, write an essay expressing interesting in the program and be recommended by a math or science teacher.
Phone & Games applications are being accepted now and will be reviewed in February 2017. The Phone & Games program will be held for one week at Clark State beginning June 19, 2017.
“We encourage students interested in these programs to begin their applications as soon as possible,” said Hall. “Once the programs are at capacity, the applications will close.”
Hall said the two Johns Hopkins University programs are offered at no charge to students. “The total of 48 students accepted into Engineering Innovation and Phone & Games will receive a full scholarship to cover the costs,” she said.
Hall encourages interested students to apply, stating that the Engineering Innovation program is an opportunity for a high school student to earn college credit from one of America’s finest and most scientifically impactful universities. “Engineering Innovation also includes the chance to visit Johns Hopkins University for a day in Baltimore.”
Hall said the Phone & Games program is especially relevant because the professional fields of gaming and virtual reality simulation are seeing substantial growth. “From advancements such as smart phones to robotic surgical practices, students in grades 6-8 are best prepped for a quickly changing tech-dominated education and society through hands-on participation.”
Hall said students should expect to think intently and deeply while participating in these programs, but also to expect to learn something new. “The programs are designed to be challenging,” she said. “Students will face circumstances common to higher education and professional spaces. The most successful students in the programs are ones who understand that challenges do not guarantee failure, they guarantee growth; in consequence, when we grow, we learn and improve.”
Mrs. Roslyn Bullock of Springfield continues to fully sponsor American Math Competitions for Clark County schools, Johns Hopkins STEM programs at Clark State Community College and two interactive community math lectures. “These wonderful opportunities are sponsored by Mrs. Bullock in honor of her late husband Willis Bullock and her attorney Dan Harkins,” said Hall.
Visit Johns Hopkins Summer Programs on the Clark State website to learn about applicant eligibility and to access applications for the Johns Hopkins summer STEM programs. Schools interested in learning more about the Engineering Innovation and Phone & Games programs can contact Clark State STEM Programming Manager Kanesha Hall at 937-328-6079.