K-12 Students

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One-Day Conferences

Engineering Your Future (EYF) is a one-day conference designed for 8th-grade boys from underrepresented backgrounds. Our purpose in hosting this conference is to introduce them to role models that look like them in the fields of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM). Our goal is to host students from populations that are underrepresented in engineering in hopes of igniting a flame to inspire these students to consider STEM fields and their overall potential.

Date: Oct 24th, 2023

Multiply Your Options is a one day conference for 8th-grade females aimed at exposing the students to female role models in the fields of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM).  When young women see and have the opportunity to talk to professional engineers working in the industry, they will be introduced at an early age to career possibilities that girls are historically often not exposed to, thereby multiplying their options.

Dates: Nov 10th, 2023 (Fall 2023) and March 22nd, 2024 (Spring 2024)

Traditionally, Sisters in STEM is a one day conference for underrepresented, tenth grade high school female students to show the allure of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) fields. Representative role models lead laboratory tours, engaging experiments, and self-development workshops.

Date: Monday, April 15th

Queer Science (QS) is a one-day conference for LGBTQIA+ high school students in CT to connect with LGBTQIA+ researchers. Our goal is to give queer and trans youth role models in various STEM fields. Participants connect with LGBTQIA+ students and faculty across STEM fields at UConn and experience hands-on science demos. For questions, please contact

Date: June 2nd, 2024

Multi-Day Programs

Pre-Engineering (PEP) is an enrichment program for 6th, 7th, and 8th grade students that includes hands-on math and science exploratory activities aimed at increasing interest in careers involving science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM).

Dates: Fall 2023 and Spring 2024

Summer Camps

If you are a current 6th through 9th grade female student, the University of Connecticut invites you to challenge yourself by incorporating your math and science skills into hands-on projects and experiments, exciting engineering concepts, and fun activities.

SPARK is UConn’s latest initiative to shrink the STEM gender gap. Participants will be taught and mentored by outstanding female undergraduate engineering students.

Date: July 7th - July 26th, 2024
- Session 1: Sunday July 7 - Friday July 12
- Session 2: Sunday July 14 - Friday July 19
- Session 3: Sunday July 21 - Friday July 26

The UConn Explore Engineering (E2) Program is a two-week residential STEM summer camp for current high school sophomores and juniors. At the Storrs Campus, participants work in small groups with current engineering students to learn what various engineers do in the workplace, and see engineering concepts demonstrated. In the evenings, through the Grand Challenge Program, students work on a two-week interdisciplinary project that has applications for some of the society's greatest challenges 
Date: July 14 - 27, 2024