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!

Our Signature Programs

student with robot in FIRST tech challenge program
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.

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Girls Who Code

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

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Our Other Programs

Girl in AlChe Program

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.
Black girls do science program

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.
kids watching science experiment in Noche de Ciencias program

Noche de Ciencias

The goal of the Noche de Ciencias Program is to inspire Hispanic youth to pursue STEM degrees and careers.
Highschool students in COE lecture room

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.

Events

Environmental Brunch Seminar: Travis Kraus - Iowa's Initiative for Sustainable Communities

Wednesday, April, 21 - 9:30 am

This Environmental Brunch Seminar features Travis Kraus from Urban and Regional Planning.  His talk will focus on the Iowa Initiative for Sustainable Communities. Also, if you get on Zoom and the...

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Cafe CIMBA: Drop in Hours

Wednesday, April, 21 - 3:00 pm

Curious about what study abroad in Italy looks like in the next year? Please join CIMBA staff and ambassadors for drop-in hours each Wednesday from 3-5pm. We'll have a staff member on hand for all of...

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