Nope. Most students who enter the Middlesex County Academy do not have previous experience with engineering, and no experience is required before entering. In students’ freshman year, they spend their first two marking periods in an exploratory program, where they are introduced to a number of concepts of both Electrical/Computer engineering and Civil/Mechanical engineering. They make their decision about which engineering program suits them in January.
Some students will have been introduced to some engineering skills or concepts before entering the Academy, either through personal study or through school projects, but they won’t be at too much of an advantage of students who have not been exposed as such. Although they may have a better understanding of which engineering program they want, they are still encouraged to keep an open mind and make the most of their exploratory sessions.