Campus: CSU, Sacramento -- October 4, 1999


New College Class Teaches High-Schoolers Engineering Basics

Capital Region high school students are learning the basics of engineering while earning college credit this fall, in a new course at California State University, Sacramento.

It's the first engineering class in the state designed for both advanced high school seniors and college freshmen. Taking the course while still in high school will give students an edge when they begin their college studies.

The students spend one day a week in CSUS labs, experimenting with robotics, analog and digital circuits, fluid mechanics, materials testing, surveying and more. When the semester is over, organizers hope, students will be inspired to study engineering and help fill a growing need for high-tech professionals.

"The goal of this class is to get young students excited about engineering," says S.K. Ramesh, the chair of the electrical and electronic engineering department who helped create the class. "We want them to see the big picture of engineering, rather than getting lost in the physics and math."

The one-unit class is called Engineering 001, and it began as a pilot project last semester with five CSUS students and 15 high school students. Professors teaching the course hope it eventually will become a high school mainstay, like honors history or advanced placement mathematics courses.

Area high schools with students enrolled in the course this semester are Cordova, Laguna Creek, Sheldon, Center and Bella Vista.

More information is available by contacting S.K. Ramesh at (916) 278-6873 or the CSUS public affairs office at (916) 278-6156.



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