It is essential that students showcase their technical abilities to future employers in addition to transferable skills from past academic and professional experiences. Side projects act as a reliable measure for employers to assess technical abilities, time management, enthusiasm, and creativity.


In 2021, Penn Engineering Online launched S.P.A.R.C (Side Projects for Advancement, Refinement and Collaboration), a summer-long competition designed to help MCIT Online students take their side projects to the next level. Details about SPARC 2022 coming in February!