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College of Engineering and Computing

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College of Engineering and Computing

Enhanced Learning Experiences (ELE)

We offer hands-on learning experiences, or "ELE" groups, for high school classes to increase awareness and interest in engineering and computing. This unique opportunity will provide students a taste of college life with real college students and real college professors.

Planning Your ELE


Current high school classes of 20-25 students – preferably AP Science or Math classes, engineering classes or Project Lead the Way classes. 


Students will spend 4 hours (including a break for lunch) engaging in a hands-on activity that will pique a student's interest in the ELE topic they selected, in engineering and computing as a career path in general and in the USC College of Engineering and Computing specifically. ELE topics include:


Fall: September through December
Spring: February through May

The sessions run from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. with a 30 minute break for lunch. Dates for each ELE will vary and will be determined once applications have been reviewed, on a school by school basis.


USC College of Engineering and Computing

The college offers reimbursement for all expenses associated with the trip, including the costs for the bus (district bus only), the bus driver, bus mileage reimbursement and substitute teachers. Lunch will also be provided at no cost. Each session will be limited to a maximum of 25 students.


Submit a fully completed ELE application and all required supplemental materials.

ELE Application (.doc)

ELE Application (.pdf)

You only need to complete ONE application for all ELE topics you desire. The entire application is to be filled out by the teacher, with the EXCEPTION of the "Students Contribution" section. This section is to be completed by the students who wish to attend the ELE and with minimal assistance from the teacher.

Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis. ELE’s will be scheduled in the order that applications are received. We will do our best to accommodate the request as soon as possible, but cannot guarantee a timeframe or topic prior to application.

Note: Unfortunately we may not be able to accommodate all applicants.

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