engineering innovation

Pre-College Career Accelerators > Engineering Innovation

Explore the field of engineering while learning key 21st century skills.

Engineering is using science to solve a problem. A career as an engineer requires complex critical thinking and problem-solving skills to conceive, design, and develop effective products and systems. Through this investigative exploration of engineering, students will learn the fundamentals of the career involving design and product creation through stimulating action-based, collaborative challenges to support deep learning and skills development. Utilizing the city as the classroom, this program will feature off-site field visits to engineering landmarks and guest lectures from leading industry professionals. Through the capstone project, students will not only learn, but put into practice key 21st century skills to be successful in their future careers as engineers.

Who should take this course?

This course is suitable for scientifically-oriented students who want to understand the mechanics behind how things work. Students curious about a career in engineering will practice the craft of an engineer and leave the course knowing if this path is right for them.

Program Highlights

  • Collaborate in teams to identify engineering solutions to real-world problems.
  • Individualized coaching for students to explore their creativity with support from professional engineers.
  • Learn every step of the engineering design process, from concept to creation to production.
Explore the field of engineering while learning key 21st century skills.

Through hands-on learning, students tackle real engineering challenges.

Students will learn about the different sub-disciplines of engineering through hands-on design challenges. They will complete a capstone project requiring them to work through the research process and put the scientific tools they learn into practice. Simulation activities will include conceiving of, designing, testing, and constructing an engineering model from start to finish.

Through hands-on learning, students tackle real engineering challenges.

Explore career paths while learning from engineering professionals.

Experienced guest speakers and career exploration workshops will provide students with insights into multiple paths to reach a career in engineering and hone the flexibility and determination required to succeed in this profession.

There will be three Road to College and Career Panels with the following themes:

  • Road to College - Pick the brains of current engineering students
  • Life After College – Engage with current post-baccalaureate, master’s, or doctoral students
  • Path to Careers – Learn about the road to a career in engineering from established professionals across various sub-disciplines of engineering and in a variety of jobs in the industry.

These panels are designed to give students exposure to each level on the path to a career in engineering from industry experts. They will learn from undergraduate students about the academic experience in college, hear from early-level career professionals working in distinct aspects of the industry, and engage with successful innovation leaders.

Explore career paths while learning from engineering professionals.

Our leadership training helps students to be leaders in the engineering field.

The greatest historical engineering features came from innovative leaders who were not afraid to put the scientific process into practice to explore new solutions to complex problems. As students set off into a 21st century world that will present never seen before challenges involving climate change and rapid technological innovation, they will be called upon to harness their leadership potential like never before.

Leadership training includes the following themes:

  • Innovation
  • G.R.I.T. ® (Growth Mindset, Risk and Integrity for Twenty-first Century Leadership)
  • Collaboration
  • Communication & Group Dynamics
  • Critical Thinking
  • Creativity
  • Information Literacy
  • Media Literacy
  • Technology Literacy
  • Flexibility and Adaptability
  • Initiative and Self Direction
  • Social and Cross-Cultural Competences
  • Productivity & Accountability
  • Leadership and Responsibility
Our leadership training helps students to be leaders in the engineering field.

Possible Site Visit Locations

By Campus

  • Philadelphia City Hall – National Historic Civil Engineering Landmark

  • The Franklin Institute

University of California, Berkeley
  • Cable Car Museum

  • Bay Model Visitor Center

  • Exploratorium

University of Maryland
  • NASA Full Scale Wind Tunnel Propeller
  • Bollman Truss Railroad Bridge
  • Washington Aqueduct Chemical Tower
  • Lockheed Martin
New York University (NYU)
  • Cradle of Aviation Museum
  • The Skyscraper Museum
  • Croton Aqueduct

Campus Locations

Where our Pre-College Career Accelerator
in Engineering Innovation will be offered in 2022


Haverford, PA

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UC Berkeley
Berkeley, CA 

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University of Maryland
College Park, MD

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New York, NY

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