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What is the IDOT Engineering Academy?
In cooperation with educational institutions and industry partners across the state, IDOT has developed Engineering Academies for middle and high school students. Engineering Academies are designed to provide realistic application of math and science through instruction and hands on projects that encourage teamwork and problem solving. Engineers from IDOT and the industry volunteer their time to instruct and mentor each academy participant during the sessions.
Academies are held across the state. The goal is to provide realistic engineering experience through projects that encourage
teamwork, problem solving and practical application while exposing students to exciting and challenging career opportunities in the transportation industry.
Who is eligible?
All middle or high school students are eligible to apply through a participating school. Academies are held either during school, after school or on Saturdays, depending upon the participating school’s scheduling needs. The number of participants varies with each academy, but most can accommodate up to 75 students.
When will the academies begin?
Most of the academies will begin in October and hold their final sessions by the end of December. The Springfield competition will be held in February around Engineering Week.
What will the students learn?
Participants will work in teams to learn real world application of math and science as
it relates to the civil engineering field. Engineers provide instruction from an approved curriculum and assist the student teams with hands-on projects. In addition, participants will learn the prerequisites for entry into college-level engineering programs and receive valuable, practical information from practicing engineers. Each IDOT Engineering Academy will culminate into a final competition where the teams will present their projects to a panel of judges. The winning team from each academy across the state will then have the opportunity compete in Springfield. Additional competitions may be offered at the state and national level.
To see previous Engineering Academy brochures and flyers please click below:
Engineering Academy Flyer
Engineering Academy Brochure