Engineering K-12 outreach

Math Options Career Day: 7th & 8th grade girls

A total of 248 seventh- and eighth-grade girls representing 41 schools in Erie, Crawford, Potter and Warren counties gathered at Penn State Erie, The Behrend College, on Tuesday, May 12, for the 13th annual Math Options Career Day, a program designed to spark the girls' interest in the science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) fields. Students from Roosevelt Middle School in Erie kicked off the day by participating in the annual School Challenge Contest-making a parachute for a precious ping-pong ball.

First Lego League: Grades 4 -8

Local students proved today that legos aren't just fun for preschoolers. Teams of 4th through 8th grade kids competed in a Lego League regional tournament at Penn State Behrend.They put their programmed lego robots to the test, showing off what they've been working on for months. About 300 students filled the Junker Center, as judges watched the robots make their way through an obstacle course. Coaches said Lego League provides building blocks for careers in engineering. This was the 11th year that Behrend hosted the competition.


Engineers working in local companies, retired or teachers, can volunteer to work with the Engineering K-12 Outreach Center. Volunteers can lead activities, share their work experience and mentor students.  Activities are already created and ready to go or you can create your own. Students enjoy hearing about the experiences and what engineers do from people actually working in those careers.

Resources for Engineering K-12

The websites links below contain some excellent resources. Teachers will find lesson plans and videos to use in their classrooms. Parents will find activities you can do at home as well as what careers are available in STEM fields for your child. Kids will find a ton of fun activities, hands-on projects and things to do on all of these sites. Have fun and explore the world of engineering.




Women in Engineering forms

Women in Engineering Program

Women in Engineering - November 21, 2014, Burke 180


Women in Engineering (WIE) is an outreach program for 10th and 11th grade girls held every year on the Friday before Thanksgiving. Our primary goal is to introduce girls to what an engineer does, what kinds of engineering careers are available, and explain how engineers help the world in general.


FIRST LEGO League (FLL) is a result of an exciting alliance between USFIRST and the LEGO Company. Guided by adult mentors and their own imaginations, FLL students solve real-world engineering challenges and develop important life skills.

FLL provides students age 9-14 with a hands-on, interactive robotics program in a sports-like atmosphere. Teams of up to 10 players focus on team building, problem solving, creativity, and analytical thinking to develop solutions to a problem currently facing the world - the Challenge.