Have you ever wondered how to design and build a robot? Are you interested in learning from and with current engineering students about what it's really like to be an engineer? The College of Engineering offers K12 students the opportunity to participate in programs facilitated by College of Engineering or to attend one of our student organization events. 

Through these experiences, K12 students meet College of Engineering students, faculty, and staff and to learn more about careers in engineering. We partner with schools and community organizations to build skills and spark excitement for future engineers, especially underrepresented youth.

K–12 Opportunities

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FIRST Tech Challenge

FIRST Tech Challenge teams design, build, and program their robots to compete against other teams.

girls at SWE high school conference

SWE High School Conference

The Society of Women Engineers (SWE) annual event invites 10th to 12th grade girls for a weekend conference that allows them to learn about engineering.

Students pose for a photo outside the Seamans Center

AI Youth Camp

AI Youth Camp exposes students to artificial intelligence with practical applications. Topics include machine learning, reinforcement learning, and engineering ethics. 

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Black Girls Do Science

Black Girls Do Science is a one-day program encouraging underrepresented girls in 4th-8th grades to pursue a career in STEM.

demonstration at Noche de Ciencias event

Noche de Ciencias

The goal of the Noche de Ciencias Program is to inspire Hispanic youth to pursue STEM degrees and careers.

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Youth Policies

The University of Iowa’s minors on campus policy requires all University Youth Programs that include participants under the age of 18 to register with the university. Find program forms, manuals, and registration policies at: 


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