Prefreshman Engineering Program

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Corpus Christi Prefreshman Engineering Program

Corpus Christi PREP is the local site of the Texas Prefreshman Engineering Program (TexPREP), which provides educational enrichment opportunities for high ability middle school and high school students interested in pursuing science-based careers.

The emphasis of this program will be on study and research work in mathematics, computer science, and engineering.

In selecting individuals for participation and otherwise in the administration of this program, CCPREP will not discriminate on the grounds of race, creed, sex, color, age, handicap, or national origin of any applicant. CCPREP strongly urges females and students from minority groups who have been traditionally underrepresented in science and engineering to apply for participation.

Approximately 100 students will be selected to participate in CCPREP. Applicants should either be in 6th grade or have completed 6th grade at time of application.

TexPREP has been recognized by the Texas Education Agency (TEA) to the extent that local school districts may grant one credit on the high school transcript of PREP graduates for each summer program component they successfully complete.


  • Program Information


    Application Deadline:  Friday, April 19

    Parent/Student Orientation:  Friday, May 31

    Program:  Monday, June 3 - Thursday, July 18

    Times:  Monday - Thursday, 10am - 5pm

    Field Trips:  Fridays, 8:45am - 11am

    Location:  Del Mar College West Campus


    All Corpus Christi PREP program functions, except for field trips will be held on the Del Mar west campus. The library and certain other facilities will be available to PREP students. Participants are expected to abide by campus rules set by Del Mar College and the local program director. Students who are rude or disruptive in class or during guest seminars, or who damage property of Del Mar College are subject to dismissal from PREP and parents will be liable for the repair costs.

    Cost/Financial Assistance

    No tuition or fees will be charged for PREP. Each student is expected to provide his/her own transportation between home and PREP. Some field trip transportation will be provided by PREP, other trips students will provide own transportation (in town trips). Each student will need to provide a notebook, notebook paper, writing utensil and a scientific calculator.

    Eligibility Requirements

    1. All applicants should either be in 6th grade or have completed 6th and must complete the academic year by June 12.
    2. All applicants must have a B or better average in their academic courses during the academic year and a B or better average in mathematics. All sixth-grade applicants must have an A average overall and in mathematics for the current year.
    3. All 9th grade applicants are expected to have completed Algebra I.
    4. Each applicant must fill out a Student Agreement Form with parent/guardian signature (orientation).
    5. Each applicant must submit with his/her application a copy of the grade report from the latest reporting period.
    6. Each applicant must submit the two recommendation forms from the application packet: one recommendation from his/her current mathematics teacher and one from his/her current science teacher.
    7. Each applicant must submit a 100-200 word essay which presents the reason(s) he/she wants to participate in the PREP program. This essay will be ranked according to content and grammar.


    Complete applications must be submitted online by Friday, April 19; supporting documents must be received by Friday, May 3.  Once the first round of selections has been made, available seats will be filled on a first come first served basis.

  • Curriculum and Projects

    First Year

    • Logic and Sets and their Applications 
    • Introduction to Engineering
    • Problem Solving
    • Projects:  Bridge Building, Air Rockets, Electric Engines, Robotic Cars

    Second Year

    • Algebraic Structures
    • Introduction to Physics
    • Problem Solving
    • Projects:  Physics Experiments, Design and Create a model community with Professional Architects

    Third Year

    • Probability and Statistics
    • Technical Writing
    • Research Methods
    • Group Presentations on Research Topics
  • Funding Partners

    Lead Sponsor

    Flint Hills Resources, Corpus Christi

    Additional Support

    Coastal Bend Community Foundation

    American Institute of Architects, Corpus Christi

    Texas Department of Transportation