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 K-12 students the opportunity to participate in a signature program facilitated by College of Engineering staff or faculty or to attend one of our annual Engineering student organization events. 

In 2007, the College of Engineering established a K-12 Outreach program to encourage K-12 students to explore their personal interests and engage in interactive engineering experiences. Through these experiences, K-12 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.

Check out the programs we offer!

 

Events

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Learn & Create Workshop: Build Your Own LED Pendants

Wednesday, October 5, 2022 2:00pm to 3:00pm
Seamans Center
Spice up your Halloween with some LED pendants.  Learn to solder your own LED jewelry or pendants to add to any Halloween costume. All materials will be provided.  Taught by John Kostman, Engineering Electronics Shop. 
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Improv Theatre for Communication Skills Series

Wednesday, October 5, 5:00pm to Wednesday, December 28, 2022 6:00pm
Iowa Memorial Union (IMU)
Do you want to feel more comfortable with public speaking, teaching, and presentations? Join other graduate students and postdocs for improvisation drop-in sessions where we will use improv theatre games to help you improve your confidence in public speaking, answering questions, and communicating your research to broad audiences. Sessions will be led by Lisa Kelly, Associate Artistic Director of Theatre Cedar Rapids and the UI CIRTL Coordinator, and Kristy Hartsgrove Mooers, UI Theatre...

OUR SIGNATURE PROGRAMS

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FIRST Tech Challenge

FIRST gives students the opportunity to develop the "muscle between their ears" and to gain experiences that will affect their future.

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MESA Tutoring Program

The MESA Tutoring Program is a service for students traditionally underrepresented in STEM fields who request additional support with coursework.

Girls coding

Girls Who Code

Girls Who Code is a program for 6th to 12th graders to explore coding in a fun and friendly way.

OUR OTHER PROGRAMS

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AIChE Day Camps

The American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE) student organizations holds two annual day camps for children in kindergarten to 5th grade to conduct fun and educational STEM activities.

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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 the STEM (science, technology, engineering, mathematics) field.

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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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SWE High School Conference

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

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Youth Policies

Policy documents and forms pertaining to our youth related programs.