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ENGR 102 in High School

What is Engineering 102 HS? 

Engineering 102 HS is an introductory engineering course taught by high school teachers for high school students. Engineering 102 HS introduces students to engineering design principles and practices as well as to emerging and current challenges within the field. The course also provides students with a perspective on the various engineering disciplines. Engineering 102 HS is an opportunity for high school juniors and seniors, enrolled in pre-calculus or above, to receive college credit while still in high school.

What are the Projects in ENGR 102 HS?

The course consists of two major design projects: Solar Ovens & Catapults

Additional projects are chosen by the students and teacher from a list of projects provided by the UA College of Engineering. In addition to hands-on projects and design, each class is given the opportunity to visit campus during the academic school year. The visit offers a private tour of UA engineering labs and facilities. 

How Do Students Enroll?

Students from participating high schools enroll online as a University of Arizona, non-degree seeking student. Please note that tuition billed for ENGR 102 HS has been reduced by 75% through a College of Engineering scholarship, making this course an excellent way for high school students to meet an Engineering Degree requirement and save money on college tuition. Most high schools grant concurrent high school credit for ENGR 102 HS as well.

Where Will ENGR 102 HS be Taught and by Whom?

ENGR 102 HS is taught on the high school campus by a certified teacher with extensive experience in AP Math and/or Science (preferably a physical or chemical science).  ENGR 102 HS teachers attend a summer training workshop to prepare them to teach the college level course. The workshop provides training and education on the course curriculum and projects.  For an extensive list of our participating high schools and teacher bios please see the table below.



 High School Teacher Location
 Benson High School Carmen Knapp Benson, AZ
 Brophy College Preparatory Zachary Widbin Phoenix, AZ
 Camelback High School Jeanea Lambeth Phoenix, AZ
 Canyon Del Oro High School Jim Colgan  Oro Valley, AZ 
 Catalina Foothills High School Kevin Frugoli  Tucson, AZ 
 Chaparral High School  Jeff Jordan  Scottsdale, AZ 
 Cibola High School  Steven Fritz  Yuma, AZ 
 CREST/Paradise Valley High School  Bruce Vivers  Paradise Valley, AZ 
 Fairmont Preparatory Cory Hand  Anaheim, CA 
 Fairmont Preparatory Deborah Terra  Anaheim, CA 
 Flowing Wells High School  Robert Becker  Tucson, AZ 
 Gila Ridge Hish School  Sarah Hogan  Yuma, AZ 
 Hamilton High School  Jim Clark  Chandler, AZ 
 Hamilton High School  Brian Roach  Chandler, AZ 
 Ironwood High School  Mark Adams  Glendale, AZ 
 Ironwood Ridge High School  Ken George  Oro Valley, AZ 
 Kofa High School Jorge Estevez  Yuma, AZ 
 Mountain View High School Robert Kennerly  Marana, AZ 
 Palo Verde High School  Ann Marie Condes  Tucson, AZ 
 Sabino High School  Mark Calhoun  Tucson, AZ 
 Sahuaro High School  Benjamin Davis  Tucson, AZ 
 Salpointe Catholic High School  Sara Streb  Tucson, AZ 
 San Luis High School  Doug Thompson  Yuma, AZ 
 Sonoran Academy  Azat Penjiyev  Phoenix, AZ 
 Sunnyside High School  Ivan Rodriguez  Tucson, AZ 
 Sunrise Mountain High School  Darrell Kidd  Peoria, AZ 
 University High School  Mike Schmidt  Tucson, AZ 
 Walden Grove High School  Blake Bradford Hamrick  Sahuarita, AZ 
 Yuma Catholic High School  Phil Nash  Yuma, AZ 
 Yuma High School Nate Jurgens  Yuma, AZ


What are the Goals for ENGR 102 HS? 

  • Demonstrate how engineers use math and science to help people in a variety of global, economic, environmental, and cultural settings.
  • Increase high school students’ belief in their ability to pursue and succeed in the engineering profession.
  • Offers students an inside look at the U of A College of Engineering through campus visits and lab tours.
  • Provides high school students 3 units of required U of A engineering coursework at significantly reduced tuition.

What are the Responsibilities of the High Schools?

  • Participating high schools provide a classroom and qualified instructor for ENGR 102 HS.
  • In order to maintain a diverse classroom experience, Engineering 102 HS requires enrollments of 15 to 30 students per class — twenty students is a good target number.
  • High schools are asked to screen students who satisfy co-enrollment of pre-calculus or above before enrolling into the class.
  • ENGR 102 HS will not be counted as a required math course under ABOR requirements for University admission. 

What are the Responsibilities of the University of Arizona?

  • The College of Engineering will supply the participating high schools with a basic curriculum as well as assist teachers with project development.
  • Develop, coordinate and conduct the summer workshops for teacher training.
  • Provide teachers with a stipend, room and board for the summer training workshop.
  • Facilitate enrollment of participating students into the University of Arizona as a non-degree student.
  • Some course materials are available for check out and College of Engineering funds are available for purchase of additional course materials and supplies. 
  • Coordinate directly with participating high schools with regards to University of Arizona & College of Engineering admission and specialized campus visits.

Who Can I Talk to if I Have Questions?

If you have questions, please contact J. Jill Rogers in the College of Engineering Academic Affairs Office at 217-512-0202 or by email at