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:
The Lyle School of Engineering at SMU offers summer camp programs for students in 6th through 12th grades. These summer camps are authentically Lyle, as the facilities, staff, and curriculum are all unique to the Lyle School of Engineering. Camps provide a creative environment for students to learn the fundamentals of engineering through hands-on, interactive team projects.
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. First held in 2000 around National Engineers Week, Visioneering is an annual event held in McFarlin Auditorium on the SMU campus.
TEDxKids@SMU is a one-of-a-kind experience and the first ever TED style conference for kids. Middle school students in 6, 7 and 8 grade from across North Texas will come to SMU campus to engage with big ideas and great conversations. This day is dedicated to kids; adults are asked to sit in the balcony while high school volunteer hosts sit with the students on the main floor. During the breaks the energy and raw curiosity of 800 young minds all in one room is contagious: ideas are presented on stage then debated with the speaker, partners demonstrate the latest technology and teach creative expression, and all the while future leaders are being formed. The experience is free of charge and in return each student gives 4 hours of service back to their community. Now that's an idea worth spreading!
The Dallas Regional Science and Engineering Fair (DRSEF) is a non-profit organization that holds an annual science fair for 6th - 12th grade students at public, charter, private and home schools in Texas Education Agency Region 10. The fair covers all of Collin, Dallas, Ellis, Fannin, Grayson, Hunt, Kaufman and Rockwall counties and part of Henderson and Van Zandt counties. DRSEF’s first fair was in 1957. DRSEF is affiliated with the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair 840,000 students from 1,220 campuses are eligible for DRSEF. There is a Junior Division for grades 6 to 8 and a Senior Division for grades 9 to 12. Students begin by entering the fair at their local school. The top projects at each school advance to district fairs then the regional fair. Projects can then advance to state and international competitions. Around 1,000 students with 800 projects attend DRSEF.
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.
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.