In 2007, The University of Iowa College of Engineering took action to address and fill the gap of a talented and educated workforce with the establishment of the K-12 Outreach program. The mission of The College of Engineering’s K-12 Outreach program is to address the national shortage and fill the gap by engaging students in hands-on and interactive engineering-related experiences; expose young people to the a variety of potential opportunities and careers in engineering; and encourage young people to explore their personal interests in the engineering field. In addition, particular attention is to expose and encourage a diverse population of future engineers. We encourage diversification in gender, ethnicity, socioeconomic backgrounds, and urban/rural diversity.

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Our programs

Outreach Programs

We offer several programs of outreach in Iowa City and beyond.

Outreach Events

Several events throughout the year open K-12 eyes to Engineering possibilities.

Pre-Engineering Camps

The Summer Pre-Engineering Camps strive to develop and enhance students’ problem solving and critical thinking skills, provide an opportunity for creative expression, and foster students’ curiosity about science and technology.

FIRST Tech Challenge

FIRST gives students the opportunity to develop the "muscle between their ears" and to gain experiences that will affect their future.

Project Lead The Way

Project Lead The Way (PLTW) is a national program to increase the quality and number of engineers. Read about how Iowa is involved in PLTW.

Youth Policies

Policy documents and forms pertaining to our youth related programs.


2017 OSTC Annual Symposium

Friday, May, 5 - 8:45 am

The Optical Science and Technology Center (OSTC) annual symposium is designed to present the general public and University of Iowa students, staff, and faculty with up-to-date information about...

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