Engineering OnRamp Overview

Engineering OnRamp (EO) offers a collection of programs for a diverse group of middle and high school students. We strive to provide greater educational opportunities for young people including individuals from educational, cultural, geographic, or socioeconomic backgrounds considered to be underrepresented in engineering. EO serves as a pathway for students to discover engineering as a profession and choose Michigan Engineering as the place where they want to prepare for their future.

Our programs invite young people to explore engineering disciplines through exciting real-world challenges. The curriculum takes a holistic approach to learning that is focused on STEM education, personal and professional development, and college readiness.

Our K-20 Model

The following model highlights a broad overview of Engineering OnRamp’s programming:

Current Programs

Current 7th-9th Grade Michigan Residents
Participants will be given hands-on tasks to explore the different engineering disciplines that are offered at the University of Michigan and explore the fundamentals of engineering and apply those principles to exciting challenges.

Current 5th Grade Michigan Residents*
The Engineering Society of Detroit’s has found success with their Girls in Engineering Academy and are now launching the Boys in Engineering Academy (BEA) program which promises to be a transformative space that empowers scholars to live their best lives.

Current Wolverine Pathways Scholars
Engineering Pathways is an opportunity for students who participate in the year-round Wolverine Pathways Program to explore engineering as a profession.

Current 9th – 12th Grade Michigan Residents
The MEZ connects professional engineers, Michigan Engineering faculty and students, and other volunteers with our 20 Detroit-area robotics teams to create a community of learning.

Current 8th & 9th Grade Michigan Residents*
During the program, participants will become immersed in fundamental disciplines of Aerospace Engineering and space science at the nation’s oldest aerospace program.

Current 11th Grade Michigan Residents*
The Harper Academy 4 Future Nuclear Engineers is a four-week residential program that exposes students to nuclear engineering careers and prepares them to successfully matriculate a nuclear engineering program.

Current 10th-12th Grade Michigan Residents
NAF Future Ready Scholars at the University of Michigan is a multi-year, STEM-focused career and college readiness program offered to high school students within Southeast Michigan. 

Current 11th Grade Michigan Residents*
Summer High School Apprentice Researchers Program (SHARP) is a 6-week program that gives participants a head start on the college application process and a glimpse into life as a Michigan Engineering student.

Current 9th Grade Students of SMASH Partner Schools
SMASH Academy is a 3 year, intensive STEM-focused college prep program that empowers students to deepen their talents and pursue STEM careers. Scholars are immersed in studies at leading universities throughout the country for a multi-week program each summer.

Current 5th – 8th Grade Michigan Residents*
The Qualcomm® Thinkabit Lab™ at U-M provides youth in the Detroit and Southeast Michigan area with a unique, hands-on experience in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) raising awareness of careers they may not know exist.

*All Engineering OnRamp Participants must be U.S. Citizens or Permanent Residents of the U.S.