The School of Engineering has a dedicated Engineering K-12 Outreach Lab that allows us to be involved in many outreach activities and programs. We have the ability to host small groups or our faculty can travel to schools and groups to present engineering related activities that are fun, educational and get the kids involved. Here are some of the things that we do:
- Host scout dens working on engineering achievements
- Provide hands-on engineering activities to elementary school science classes
- Provide teacher in-service days to give educators ideas for inexpensive, hands-on engineering activities that can immediately be implemented into the classroom. These activities are tiered and across disciplines.
- Host Girl Scout Saturday events that educate the girls on different engineering career fields. Girl Scout Saturdays, hosted by the student chapter of the Society of Women Engineers, are typically held once in the fall semester and once it the spring semester.
- Host the annual Women in Engineering Day every November, a day filled with hands-on activities, for girls in the 10th and 11th grades geared to the pursuit of careers in engineering. Area high schools bring students here to attend workshops that are taught by practicing woman engineers from the Erie area as well as our female faculty and engineering students.
- Get involved in community programs such as 21st Century Kids and Upward Bound, coordinated through our Continuing Education office.
- Operate PEPP (Penn State Educational Partnership Program), an after school academic and social enhancement program
Please contact Melanie Ford at email@example.com or 814-898-6685 to schedule a program or if you have any questions.
Engineers or retired engineers in the area who would like to volunteer and get involved with our outreach efforts are welcome. The activities are already created and ready to go; you only need to participate and share your experiences. Engineers from Women in Technology at GE Transportation, as well as LORD Corporation are involved in some of our programs. You or your company can be, too!
The Women in Engineering program & Engineering K-12 Outreach Lab is partly supported by the Educational Improvement Tax Credit (EITC) Program of the Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development. If you are interested in participating in this program, please contact our Development Office at 814-898-6159. Companies that have participated in the past are: Eriez Magnetics, Lord Corporation, North Penn Pipe & Supply Co., Snap-tite, Inc. and Verizon Services Corp.