K-12 STEM opportunities
The College of Engineering offers exciting and engaging STEM-based activities for pre-college aged students through its many partnerships.
The College of Engineering offers several camps designed to teach elementary, middle and high school aged students engineering and computer and information science skills. Through these camps, our faculty and students inspire the next generation of engineers and and computer scientists. Camps are offered for students ages 7 to 17, from June through August. In 2016, the college impacted the lives of more than 500 K-12 students through its camps.
Black Girls CODE is a non-profit organization whose mission is to increase the number of women of color in the digital technology space by the year 2040 by introducing girls ages 7-17 to computer science. Our goal is to empower these young women to embrace the current tech marketplace as builders + creators.
C2 Pipeline is a 21st Century Community Learning Center-funded program through the Michigan Department of Education. C2 Pipeline operates in 15 Metro Detroit schools with the goal of college and career readiness. In order to achieve that goal, the staff of C2 Pipeline uses hands-on, project-based learning activities in the fields of science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) to engage students. An emphasis is placed on careers in STEM and the healthcare profession. C2 Pipeline has several collaborating partners in the Metro Detroit area that are helping accomplish this goal.
DAPCEP is a nonprofit organization with 39 years of experience partnering with universities, training programs and K-12 school systems in order to connect youth to the best STEM educational experiences in Michigan.
Studies show that girls lose interest in STEM-related fields around middle school, and they are often encouraged into other fields. Our mission is to keep every option open to our girls, and promote understanding in STEM fields through confidence and competence. GO-GIRL provides a series of programs to girls starting in 7th grade.
FutureSWE is an annual, all-day event for high school girls interested in learning more about future careers in engineering. With the help of mentors from Wayne State's College of Engineering student organizations, participants will learn about engineering through hands-on challenging activities at no cost. Students have the opportunity to learn about a wide range of engineering disciplines through engaging activities which range from making chocolate asphalt to constructing hovercrafts.
Camp Infinity is a weeklong summer technology camp for girls aged 9 to 13 years old that introduces technology as fun and fulfilling. Camp Infinity inspires the pursuit of technology education. MCWT created it to address the primary reasons girls lose interest in technology: confidence, social relevance and social (peer) acceptance.
HackWSU is a free, 24-hour hackathon organized by the Wayne State University College of Engineering, Blackstone LaunchPad, Wayne State student entrepreneurs, faculty and staff, to provide an opportunity for college students from Wayne State and other local area universities, along with high school students from the local area, to team up, collaborate, and learn about technology and programming. Participants enjoy breakout sessions, free food, sweet swag and amazing people. Compete for thousands in prizes awarded by our panel of judges.
In Southeastern Michigan, the JSHS program is housed in the College of Education at Wayne State University. Every year, students from high schools throughout southeastern Michigan attend a two-day symposium at Wayne State University where they present their research and participate in a number of other activities.
SMASH Academy is a three-year STEM-intensive residential college prep program that empowers students to deepen their talents and pursue STEM careers. SMASH mission is to empower brilliant underrepresented students with rigorous science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) education, culturally-relevant coursework and access to resources and social capital that allow them to pave a successful career in tech and entrepreneurship. SMASH is committed to eliminating the barriers faced by young underrepresented people of color in STEM and fostering their untapped talent for the advancement of our nation.
STEM Outreach Program (SOP)
SOP is a Summer Community-Based STEM Outreach Program offered yearly that help students realize the benefits of venturing into STEM-related courses to present a more promising and competitive future. The program targets underserved and minority students to stimulate academic advancement and cognitive development, engaging students and parents in science and mathematical practice, robotics, research, investigation and hands-on activities. Parents are fully involved in the sessions, creating an interesting and effective learning experience.
WSU Engineering and Ford Motor Company Warrior Saturdays
The WSU Ford Warrior STEAM Saturday Challenge will welcome 100 Detroit K-12 school system students and their families to campus to participate in STEAM hands on activities and challenges to benefit the City of Detroit. Participants will spend a total of six Saturdays (three hours each session) learning new skills to expose them to STEAM. Each challenge will be designed to positively impact the Detroit community. Each week participants will be challenged to use skills they learned to create a finished product to better their community.