Engineering K-12 Outreach

K-12 Programs

The College of Engineering and Polymer Science offers a variety of K-12 programs for students who are interested in engineering, engineering technology, computing, and polymers. We believe that young people should be given opportunities – beyond the classroom – to interact with and explore the exciting world of STEM.

High School Visits

We welcome high school and community groups for on-campus visits. Students may attend an event, visit teaching/research facilities, attend a guided campus tour or meet with current students. This is a great opportunity for students to start learning about our engineering legacy, co-op program and design teams. Group tours are available for groups of 8 or more.

Our faculty and students also offer opportunities to visit your classrooms to run hands-on activities and presentations on engineering careers.

Students must be in grades 10-12. Interested groups can fill out a Request Form.

Contact us at

High School Visits

Construction Olympiad

Hosted by the Department of Civil Engineering, the Construction Olympiad is a competition of eight events where students can win medals and prizes for being the best in each event. Competition events include: The Amazing Pace, Sawzall Challenge, Drilling for Dollars, Hammer Time, Cylinder Toss, Room Volume, Reach for the Sky and Fork it Over. This competition is open to high school groups (capacity 100 students) and college students.

October 27, 2023. Please send your group registration to

Contact Prof. Brian Ballou at

Construction Olympiad

Zips Teaching STEM

Hosted by engineering student leaders with support from design teams and professors, Zips Teaching STEM is a series of Saturday events to introduce students in grades 9-11 to careers and studies in science, technology, engineering and mathematics through hands-on workshops.

Registration opens in September.

Contact Dr. Mani Kannan at

Senior Design Day

Senior Design Day is our annual celebration event for graduating seniors to present their projects in the Jean However Taber Student Union to an audience of classmates, faculty, family and members of industry. Starting from the spring semester of 2024, the event is open to high school groups (capacity 60 students).

April 16, 2024. Group Registration is available through our Request Form.

Senior Design Day

Summer Experience in Engineering Camp

Summer Experience in Engineering Camp has just about everything for high school students interested in learning more about aerospace systems, biomedical, chemical, civil, computer, corrosion, electrical and mechanical engineering.

This week-long summer camp, hosted by the Women in Engineering Program (WIEP), is for students entering grades 9-12. From tours to local engineering firms to hands-on projects, along with social activities, WIEP provides the ideal environment for campers to embark on engineering studies and make new friends.

Summer Camps

Day Camp Cost: $350

Scholarships are provided to families with financial needs.

Contact us at

June 3-7, 2024. Registration opens in March.


The B-STEM program is offered through a generous donation from Mr. and Mrs. Raymond and Sylvia Lee. The free, five-week B-STEM program is for 7th and 8th grade students interested in STEM and business who attend East Community Learning Center in the Akron Public Schools District.

This program is offered in the spring semester of 2023 through 2025.

B-STEM Program

SWE Shadow Day

Organized by the Society of Women Engineers (SWE) UA Student Chapter, SWE Shadow Day is an opportunity for students from local high schools to shadow a student at the College of Engineering and Polymer Science. Event participants will attend engineering classes, visit design team rooms, explore The University of Akron campus, and learn from current engineering students about their co-op experience!

Registration opens in January 2024.

SWE Shadow Day

Future Earth Event

Engineers for a Sustainable World (ESW) UA Student Chapter holds Future Earth for middle school students each April. This is a fun and educational event that aims to initiate and/or foster a passion for sustainability and STEM in young adults through design competitions, educational presentations and meeting current role models in the STEM field.

Future Earth Event

Kids Career Day

This event, hosted by the Women In Engineering Program, introduces children in 1st-6th grade to careers in STEM. Students participate in fun activities, such as shooting a paper rocket in the air using Alka Seltzer and water to better understand chemical reactions. Students have also made roller coasters using insulation tubes and marbles to learn about kinetic energy.

March 2, 2024. Registration opens in January.

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Kids' Career Day

ASM Materials Camp® - Teachers

This week-long, hands-on lab experience shows educators how to use applied engineering techniques in their classroom. ASM Materials Camp®-Teachers is an idea-generating workshop introducing teachers to methods that make math and core science principles more enticing and relevant to their middle and high school students. Materials topics are great motivators in any engineering, technology or science course as students learn concepts that are reflected in their everyday lives.

This video was filmed at The University of Akron during the 2022 camp.

Akron Global Polymer Academy

The Akron Global Polymer Academy provides opportunities for teachers and students of all ages to experience the exciting world of polymers through a variety of offerings, including: in-school visits featuring engaging hands-on demonstrations, polymer family science nights, field trips to our exciting polymer research school, and many polymer-related classroom resources available through their educational website.

Akron Global Polymer Academy