If you are a current 6th through 9th grade female student during the 2020-2021 school year, 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.

SPARK 2021 Now Online

SPARK 2021 has been converted to online to prevent the spread of COVID-19

Registration for SPARK 2021 is now open!

Deadline for applications is June 15, 2021

Eligibility: Must be a current 6th - 9th grade female student during the 2020 - 2021 school year.  Applicants who are not in the grade range but are interested in the program are encouraged to apply to be placed on the waiting list

SPARK Activities

Each week’s curriculum will focus on a different engineering discipline:

  • Engineering Under the Sea (Monday, July 12 - Friday, July 16) || Dive into the science of underwater engineering while designing and operating vessels, robots, and tackling other below-the-surface challenges.
  • Cracking the Code (Monday, July 19 - Friday, July 23) || Explore ancient ciphers and modern cyber technology as you design code and create a secret language of your own.
  • Building the World Around Us (Monday, July 26 - Friday, July 30) || Investigate the structures and systems in our society and experiment with new ways to improve the ways we travel, live and leave our mark on the environment.
  • Engineering Inside of Us (Monday, August 2 - Friday, August 6) || Discover the science happening under your skin and find creative solutions to health problems that affect people all over the word.

Students will be encouraged to have fun while learning, and to learn while having fun. No prior experience is required.

Please note that the program cost is $495 $295 per week/session (financial aid and financing available).