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Programs to inspire and prepare K-12 students to pursue post-secondary education in STEM fields.

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College of Engineering programs
All programs are free

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Engineering Academy

Washington high school juniors participate in a two and a half week summer session. Participants prepare for college-level math and engineering in a supportive, challenging, and fun learning community that prepares them for a bright future in engineering.

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Engineering Discovery Days

This 2-day event in the spring is oriented toward 4th-8th grade students and draws up to 10,000 visitors to campus each year. UW engineering students and faculty share their work with students, teachers, families and the community, featuring hands-on activities that demonstrate the exciting work of engineers.

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Engineering Ambassadors

Engineering Ambassadors are undergraduate College of Engineering students whose main goal is to engage with the community to share about their experiences in STEM and engineering. These students are available to visit your K-14 classroom to discuss academics, scholarships and college life. They can also provide a customized campus tour. Reach out to schedule a visit!

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Early Engineering Institute

The Early Engineering Institute (EEI) is planned to return in the summer of 2022, subject to health and safety guidance at the time. EEI brings together 60 students from Washington state rural communities in the Yakima, Skagit and Klickitat Valleys for four days of hands-on engineering experiences. This is a grant-funded, partner program to RISE UP/ SKY GEAR UP.

Other engineering and UW summer programs

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Center for Neurotechnology Young Scholars Programs

Summer program that introduces high school students to neural engineering, neuroethics, scientific communication, basic computer coding, and the latest developments in brain-computer interfaces.

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DawgBytes Summer Camps

Summer camps that introduce middle and high school students to computer science and engineering topics in a fun, inclusive week of learning. Camp topics include coding, design, leadership, and robotics.

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DO-IT Scholars

DO-IT Scholars prepares Washington State high school students with disabilities for success in college and careers. Scholars attend summer study sessions at the University of Washington campus to experience college life and work on self advocacy skills.

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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. High school program | Middle school program

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User Centered Design Charettes

Half-day workshops introduce K-12 students to human centered design & engineering. Students brainstorm user needs, develop use-case scenarios, and create interaction designs for an application.

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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.

Other resources

Teach with Code Studio Courses from Code.org for students in grades K-12 and professional learning for teachers.

Engineering is Elementary Lesson plans and ideas for educators for teaching engineering concepts to young students. A project of the Museum of Science, Boston.

Engineer Girl Website designed to bring national attention to the exciting opportunities that engineering presents for girls and women. A service of the National Academy of Engineering.

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

Washington NASA Space Grant Consortium Professional development for K-12 teachers and other educators throughout the state.