Programs and Events

STEM Club Leadership Training Summer Camp  

Funded by the P&G Fund's Higher Education Grant Program and the College of Engineering, this one-week summer camp is designed to prepare ten (10) high school student leaders to start STEM Clubs or organize STEM related activities in their home high schools. Each day, the campers will attend leadership training workshops, work with engineering student leaders to learn how to manage student organizations, meet with representatives from colleges, companies, city of Akron and non-profit organizations, learn to design and run STEM workshops and enjoy fun time on campus. At the end of the week, each camper, with help of mentors will finish a strategy plan to start/run a STEM Club in their home high schools. 

STEM Workshops – For Middle School Students

Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Workshops are a one-day program designed to give middle school students an opportunity to explore engineering through hands-on projects. All workshops are designed by engineering faculty and organized by IDEAs engineering students.

Only accept requests from schools or non-profit organizations for up to 50 students. To schedule a date and learn more about this program, please contact Dr. Julie Zhao at or 330-972-2823.

IDEAs Shadowing – For High School Students

The IDEAs Shadowing program provides high school students who are interested in engineering with an opportunity to explore engineering studies and college life. Students shadow a selected engineering freshman or sophomore to attend classes, visit engineering building, meet student design teams, talk to engineering faculty advisors, tour the UA campus and have lunch in the dining hall.

Student requests will be accepted on a first-come, first-served basis. Shadowing placements are dependent upon the availability of college students. 

To apply: 

  • Fill out your application.
  • Send your application package to us through an email, fax or mail in March or September.
  • After receiving the acceptance letter and agreeing with the shadowing schedule, confirm your attendance.

There is no cost for participating in the shadowing program. Lunch will be provided. Students would need to get their own transportation to the campus.