The Caruth Institute for Engineering Education sponsors a variety of programs designed to introduce students in grades K-12 to engineering. Such programs are vital to ensuring a future engineering workforce.

Here are some of the sites where you can learn more about our K-12 programs:

SMU Crime Scene Investigation Camps


Explore the science and technology behind identification and crime solving! How can computers identify people by their eyes, their hands and their voice? How is technology used to control entrance to a country, a school or to SeaWorld? What are the latest crime solving technologies? The SMU CSI Camp programs will teach the answers to these questions and more!

STEM Websites


The Kids Ahead program is an initiative to increase the number of kids with science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) competencies and interests. Our program is designed to inspire young people to learn about STEM through innovative interactions in the physical and virtual worlds.

The Kids Ahead program is part of a larger national initiative being led by Southern Methodist University aiming to improve STEM skills in young people. By providing middle school children access to quality content, activities, projects, events and information, Kids Ahead will spark their interest and passion. Kids Ahead also seeks to provide parents, teachers, club leaders and STEM volunteers the resources they need to keep STEM activities a central part of young people’s lives.


The STEM-Works program supports volunteers that are working in their local communities to increase science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) skills in our nation.

We believe that there are many grass-roots efforts by individuals and small groups across the nation to help kids gain confidence in their STEM skills by providing them with inspiring experiences. Giving those volunteers the tools that they need to be successful is the primary focus of the STEM-Works program. STEM-Works is a sister program to Kids Ahead, which is designed for middle school children.

The STEM-Works program is sponsored by the Department of Defense and Southern Methodist University. Our program is designed to help STEM professionals, club leaders and teachers find activities, projects and events that allow them to teach STEM skills to young people. By providing those volunteers access to quality material on exciting subjects like Robotics, Wind Energy and Forensics, we hope they will help young people gain confidence and interests in STEM fields. The same material is available for parents and teachers and will include group activities as well as individual projects.

Infinity Project

The Infinity Project is a national leader in high-tech engineering curriculum for secondary schools. Developed by renowned university engineering professors and education experts, this innovative program sparks students to pursue careers in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM). Hundreds of high schools, middle schools, and colleges across the nation and abroad are utilizing this exciting STEM program to educate the technology leaders of future.

Visioneering



Visioneering celebrates the ways that engineering makes a difference in the world around us. At its core, Visioneering exposes students to various fields of engineering, the design process, team work, presentation and problem solving skills.  Now in its 14th year, Visioneering will take place Saturday, February 22, 2014 at the newly renovated Moody Coliseum on the SMU campus.