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.
New Program for STEM Teachers of Grades 4-8
K12 Engineering Scholars is an innovative new professional development program for 4th through 8th grade Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) teachers in Washington State. The program begins with a 6-week summer experience, and continues as monthly meetings over the school year.
Engineering Discovery Days
- 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 »
- 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. More »
- Bioengineering 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 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. More »
- DawgBytes »
- 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) »
- 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 »
- Materials 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. More: High school program » | Middle school program »
- UW 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.
- Water Works »
- WaterWorks program is on hold until 2018. A free hands-on program in water science and engineering education hosted by the University of Washington Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering.
- Young 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
More Engineering and UW Summer Programs
Student, Teacher, and Parent Resources
What the Washington State Science Standards Mean for Your Student The Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS), classrooms are becoming working laboratories, places to construct and discover and where kids become the scientists and engineers. Finally, many classrooms are starting to look like real life.
Code.org Resources for Educators Code.org 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.
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.
K12 Engineering Scholars A professional development program for 4th through 8th grade STEM teachers in Washington State. Includes a 6-week summer experience and monthly meetings over the school year.
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.
Washington 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."
How do preschoolers start learning science? By watching you.