The odds were long when Ian Denner, a junior at the Toledo Technology Academy, joined more than 2,000 high school students in applying for a month-long camp to be held this summer at Apple's world headquarters in Cupertino, California.

But Ian beat those odds, learning recently that he is one of only two dozen students nationwide chosen for the Apple Engineering Technology Camp, which will be held from July 11 until August 5. The students -- identified as the next generation of innovators and possible future Apple engineers -- will get a chance to collaborate closely with Apple hardware engineers through a variety of hands-on workshops and roundtable discussions.

The students who applied for the camp were sophomores and juniors who have had experience working in teams, a strong interest in mathematics and physics and experience in building and fabrication. In the essay portion of his application, Ian focused on future applications of 3d printing.

There is no cost to students for attending the Apple Engineering Technology Camp, with Apple covering all transportation costs to and from Cupertino, housing, meals and local transportation.

Ian, who is on the programming sub team of Tech Fusion, TTA’s FIRST Robotics Team 279, and is a member of the National Honor Society, says he is most looking forward to learning more about how to work on a team. Ian's mother, Pam, is a 3rd grade teacher at Marshall Elementary School.

Click here for Ian's interview with Channel 11:

The Toledo Technology Academy is a magnet school for students in grades 7th through 12th. Its curriculum follows an interdisciplinary model, giving students an opportunity to see reasons for their learning by providing real-world, hands-on educational experiences. Courses cut across academic disciplines and encourage students to conduct research, work in teams, and solve complex technical problems. To learn more about the school, check out its website:

.Posted on March 11, 2016