Introduction to Engineering

Engineering 102 High School (ENGR 102 HS ) is a three-unit, UA course for high school students who want to learn more about engineering. Since ENGR 102 is a required course for all UA engineering students, those who take it in high school get a head start on their freshman year at the College.  

ENGR 102 HS is taught in participating high schools by trained high school teachers. This award-winning, hands-on course is offered in 35 high schools across Arizona and California. Students who sign up pay significantly reduced tuition. High school juniors and seniors who are taking pre-calculus or above in schools that offer ENGR 102 HS may enroll.

Students in the course learn about opportunities in various engineering fields and experience how engineers improve people’s lives. In addition to designing and building solar ovens, catapults and paper helicopters, high school teachers and their students select additional topics to study throughout the school year. Other projects might include:

  • Solar go-karts
  • Cellphone chargers
  • Robotics
  • Balsa wood bridges
  • Arduino microprocessor activities
  • Duct tape canoes
  • Rocketry
  • Biomechanical hands
  • Artificial heart valve models
  • Artificial bone growth designs

Hands-on Prep for College

More about ENGR 102 HS

  • Curriculum adapted from the UA’s freshman Engineering 102 course
  • Topics include sustainable energy, improved urban infrastructure, clean water and biomedical advancements
  • Dual credit for high school and college
  • Three units of credit toward a UA Engineering degree
  • Substantially reduced tuition
  • Online admissions as a UA non-degree seeking student
  • UA campus visits and lab tours
  • College of Engineering workshops for high school teachers
  • Winner of the American Society for Engineering Education’s 2014 Best Practices in K-12 and University Partnerships Award
contact Educators interested in learning more about training and curriculum for Engineering 102 High School, please contact J. Jill Rogers at 217.512.0202 or email

Participating High Schools

High School Teacher Location
BASIS- Oro Valley Chester Clark Oro Valley
BASIS Peoria Kim Heinzer Peoria
Brophy Prep Zach Widbin Phoenix
Canyon Del Oro High School Todd Hatch Oro Valley
Catalina Foothills High School Bryan Reyes Tucson
Centennial High School Joe Steele Peoria
Cesar Chavez High School Chelle Myrann Phoenix
Chaparral High School Steve Geislinger Scottsdale
Cibola High School Steven Fritz Yuma
Corona Del Sol High School Brian Hawkins Tempe
CREST/Paradise Valley Bruce Vivers Phoenix
Desert Vista High School Dan Zavaleta Phoenix
Fairmont Prep Deborah Terra Anaheim, CA
Flowing Wells High School William Golden Tucson
Gila Ridge High School Travis Bogart Yuma
Hamilton High School Jim Clark Chandler
Ironwood High School Chuck Balogh Glendale
Ironwood Ridge High School Glenn Linton Oro Valley
Kellis High School Tracy Arnold Glendale
Kofa High School Mark VanVoorst Yuma
High School Teacher Location
Liberty High School Travis Hutchison Peoria
Mountain Point High School Melissa Wendell Phoenix
Mountain View High School Chrys Houck Marana
Notre Dame Prep Carmene Carbone Scottsdale
Palo Verde High School AnnMarie Condes Tucson
Pan American Charter School Douglas Bruce Phoenix
Pusch Ridge Academy  Caleb Clinkingbeard Tucson
Saguaro High School Susan Lindberg Phoenix
Sahuaro High School Benjamin Davis Tucson
Salpointe Catholic High School Cecilia Gossler Tucson
San Luis High School Fernando Ramirez Yuma
Sonoran Academy Oguz Guvenc Tucson
Tempe High School Mike Hansen Tempe
University High School Matthew Ulrich Tucson
University High School Mike Schmidt Tucson
Verrado High School Mark Adams Glendale
Walden Grove High School Travis Goeden Sahuarita
Yuma Catholic High School Phil Nash Yuma
Yuma Catholic High School Ramon Cid Yuma
Yuma High School Nate Jurgens Yuma

If you are an educator at one of these schools and have students interested in signing up, please see ENGR 102 HS Registration.

infinite possibilities

EPICS High School

Engineering Projects in Community Service, or EPICS, adds another level of relevancy to the UA’s Engineering 102 High School program. High school students in the program work with mentors in engineering fields on real-world projects that help members of their communities. Projects vary: from a portable wheelchair swing to a tweeting otter, or a waterwheel science demo for school children.

EPICS, which originated at Purdue University, was created to increase student interest in STEM fields and to meet the engineering needs of nonprofit organizations. EPICS High takes place in hundreds of high schools throughout the United States. Currently, 15 ENGR 102 HS classrooms participate in EPICS High service learning projects.

The University of Arizona supports high school teachers to implement and grow EPICS High programs.
We can help you:

  • Identify community partners and engineering mentors
  • Develop project ideas
  • Acquire project materials and supplies

EPICS High School

“Students see what it means to work on a project with a real customer, hard deadlines and real-life consequences. They realize they are capable of so much more than they give themselves credit for.”

Sarah Streb, former teacher of ENGR 102 HS at Salpointe Catholic High School

Request InformationFor more information on UA EPICS High, please call Jill Rogers at 217-512-0202 or email

Partner Support

Thank you for your generous support of ENGR 102 HS!

Science Foundation Arizona

Intel Foundation

The Marshall Foundation

John Deere

Salt River Project


Texas Instruments