K-12 Programs

K-12 Programs

The programs listed on this page introduce elementary through high school students to engineering and encourage them to pursue careers in engineering, widening the applicant pool and ensuring our high standards of admission continue to be met.

Engineering Discovery Days

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Each April, elementary through high school students explore interactive exhibits, hands-on activities, and UW labs. High school students and families learn about admissions, financial aid, engineering programs, and university life. More »

Engineering Ambassadors

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University of Washington Engineering Ambassadors provides an outreach program that brings outstanding engineering students from the University of Washington to K- 12 classrooms. More »


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A variety of computer science & engineering programs for K-12 students and teachers, including competitions, camps, teacher and parent resources, and instructional videos. More »

DO-IT (Disabilities Opportunities Internetworking Technology)

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Encourages the participation of individuals with disabilities in challenging academic programs and careers by promoting the use of technology to increase independence, productivity, and participation in education and employment. More »


Summer Programs

two students in lab, working on fluid samplesBioengineering Summer Camp »
Rising 9th and 10th graders who have taken algebra learn how Bioengineers tackle global health issues. Students do fun hands-on laboratory activities and field trips.
bloomin brains logoBloomin Brains Summer Camp »
A free, one-week day camp for middle school students. Campers conduct hands-on science experiments, learn about traditional uses of medicinal plants in Native cultures, explore the structure and function of the brain, and visit the UW museums, farms and gardens.
early engineering institute studentsEarly Engineering Institute »
High-achieving 9th and 10th grade GEAR UP students strengthen their algebra skills and understanding of what it means to be an engineer in a 4-day residential summer program on campus.
See also: Early Engineering Institute video | UW Today article
math academy logoMaterials Camp »
A one-week workshop for high school students to experience many aspects of materials science and engineering, which has relevance in physical sciences, engineering and medicine.
math academy logoMathematics Academy »
High-achieving Washington high school students live on campus in an intensive, four-week summer session. Students prepare for college-level math and engineering in a supportive, challenging, and fun learning community.
University of Washington logoUW Summer Youth Programs »
Hands-on enrichment opportunities for children and teens, including full-day camps, academies, and intensives as well as half-day short courses.
CSNE logoYoung Scholars Programs »
10-week summer program in which high school students contribute to ongoing research projects, and take part in workshops in ethics, communications, and scientific presentation skills. Watch video

K-12 Resources

Student, Teacher, and Parent Resources Resources for Educators provides educational resources for all ages, free of cost to school teachers, administrators, after-school teachers, and volunteers.

College Board: You Can Go! College planning, encouragement, and strategy.

Engineering is Elementary Lesson plans and ideas for educators for teaching engineering concepts to young students. Read more about a school putting the ideas to work.

Engineer Girl A website is designed to bring national attention to the exciting opportunities that engineering represents for girls and women. Provided as a service of the National Academy of Engineering (NAE).

Engineer Your Life A guide to engineering careers for high school girls.

KnowHow2GO College planning, encouragement, and strategy for middle school and high school students and families.

Neuroseeds Teacher Workshop A one-week professional development workshop where middle school science teachers learn how to use new neuroscience lessons in the classroom.

Neuroscience for Kids A website that lets kids explore just about every aspect of the nervous system. Provides child-friendly materials and lesson plans for teachers.

NSF Grant Puts UW Grad Students and K-12 Teachers Together The result is improved teaching skills and opportunities for K-12 students.

UW K-12 Resource Guide Online, searchable database of K-12 programs affiliated with the UW.

Space Grant logoWashington NASA Space Grant Consortium Professional development for K-12 teachers and other educators throughout the state to promote science, technology, engineering, and math education. Acts as a NASA point-of-contact for Washington residents.

Washington State GEAR UP College planning for middle school and high school students likely be the first in their family to go to college

Early experiments key to school success (Seattle Times article) Science, even at the most basic level, requires reflection and explanation (providing a boost to vocabulary). It also involves identifying patterns, combining measurements and problem-solving — all key for math.

Where do Children Learn Science? The research says "everywhere."