Some of the many educational events are listed below.

ASM Materials Camp

High School (Junior and Senior level)

Materials Camp is a week-long day camp where high school students come to the UW campus and learn about material science through hands on demonstrations, field trips and group projects. Attendance is free.

ASM Materials Camp

Materials Camp

It is a very unique team-based and intensive problem solving science experience under the direction of a distinguished world-class faculty “Materials Mentor.”

To apply click the Registration link. You must include a school transcript, up to two letters of recommendation and a personal essay (100 words or more) why you want to be selected to participate in materials camp. Please include your planned college major (if known) and career plans.

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Boeing BlueBills

A group of retired Boeing people (many of them engineers) that do volunteer activities. One of those volunteer activities is going in and talking to young students in classrooms about pursuing engineering and the importance of science and math.

FIRST Robotics

High School

FIRST Robotics Competition (FRC) is a unique varsity sport of the mind designed to help high-school-aged young people discover how interesting and rewarding the life of engineers and researchers can be.

The FIRST Robotics Competition challenges teams of young people and their mentors to solve a common problem in a six-week timeframe using a standard “kit of parts” and a common set of rules. Teams build robots from the parts and enter them in competitions designed by Dean Kamen, Dr. Woodie Flowers, and a committee of engineers and other professionals.

Future Cities

7th and 8th grade

The competition is for 7th and 8th grade students to foster interest in engineering , math and science through hands-on, real world applications. Teams consisting of three students, one teacher and one engineering mentor compete with the following components:

        Future Cities

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Use SimCity software to design a logical model of a city of the future

  • Write an essay about an assigned engineering design problem
  • Build a physical model of their city using recycled materials
  • Give a team presentation on their city at the Regional Competition

For Engineers and Educators

Volunteers can participate in the following roles

  • Engineering mentor – Give engineering guidance to student teams (approx 35 hrs over 3 months)
  • Competition judge – Grade computer models, essays or presentations (approx 8 hrs)
  • Committee member – There are opportunities for various responsibilities with different time commitments. Some examples are publicity coordinator, treasurer, awards coordinator, mentor coordinator.

Future Scientists and Engineers of America

4th through 12th grades

FSEA is a national after-school program that promotes technology, science, and engineering in grades 4-12. Schools provide a teacher and facilities, community provides funding and mentors, FSEA provides project plans, materials, and award ribbons/certificates. FSEA clubs meet for about one hour each week during the school year to work on projects designed to permit evaluation of competitive team and individual accomplishments. Members start as Technicians and progress through five levels to an Engineering Specialist level similarly to Scouts program. Project complexity is matched to club grade levels. . Volunteer mentors are responsible for conducting the project sessions and serve as engineering role models.

For Engineers and Educators

Volunteers can get involved by helping to initiate a school FSEA club, participate in a club startup, become a mentor in an active club, support FSEA workshop training sessions or FSEA publicity and coordination effort.

Mentors interact directly with the FSEA students for the 1-hour per week sessions. Describe project scientific principals and math involved. Explain goals and competitions, materials available, and constraints. Provide demonstration examples of engineering principals. Describe sources for research materials available. Answer questions and provide design help. Provide comments to FSEA on current projects and help develop new projects.

Math Counts

Middle School students

MATHCOUNTS is a nationwide mathematics coaching and competition program. A team composed of four students per school, is chosen at the school level. Individual students can also participate in the competition. The team, and possibly the highest scoring individuals, can advance through chapter, state and ultimately the national competitions. Local chapter competitions are held for all 11 WSPE Chapters. The registration deadline is in December of each year. The Washington State competition is usually held in March and the location changes each year. The local chapter competitions, which precede the state competition are generally held in the month of February. Local chapters will provide the details to students who have registered for the MATHCOUNTS program.

For Engineers and Educators

Schools can run school math clubs with free materials and prizes provided by national MATHCOUNTS. See the volunteer opportunies link above.

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NASA Quest

K through 12th grades

Meet the people of NASA and look over their shoulders as they make NASA’s goals a reality. Whether in the area of aerospace design or training for space walks, NASA Quest is a rich resource for educators, kids and space enthusiasts who are interested in meeting and learning about NASA people and the national space program. NASA Quest allows the public to share the excitement of NASA’s authentic scientific and engineering pursuits like flying in the Shuttle and the International Space Station, exploring distant planets with amazing spacecraft, and building the aircraft of the future.

NASA Quest includes a full suite of online resources:

  • Profiles of NASA experts and stories about their work days.
  • Several live interactions with NASA experts per month.
  • Audio/video programs over the Internet.
  • Lesson plans and student activities.
  • Collaborative activities in which kids work with one another.
  • Background information and photo sections.
  • A place where teachers can meet one another.
  • A searchable Q&A area with over 3,000 previously asked questions.
  • An e-mail service in which individual questions get answered.

Frequent live, interactive events allow participants to come and go as dictated by their own individual and classroom needs. These projects are open to anyone, without cost. To get involved, simply select your area of interest or take a look at our calendar of events, and jump in. Welcome aboard!

National Engineers Week

This is an organization that provides useful information about engineering all year round – but in particular helps celebrate National Engineers Week. There are a variety of links from their main web site to other educational information for teachers and students about engineering. Some of the links include: the Future Cities Competition, the Discover Engineering program, and the Creative Engineer section. There are several fun and interactive things for students to learn about on these related web sites.

Pioneering Engineering Competitions

Middle and High School

We demonstrate miniature engineering skills and technologies. We provide a foundation for teachers and students to use these new skills and combine them with recycled materials found in our daily lives. Also offered: building kit and “submit project” photo page.

See the website above for contact information and to see how you can participate.

Popsicle Stick Bridge Building Competition

High School

The purpose is to promote civil and structural engineering careers among high school students through a practical hands-on engineering exercise. Students construct bridges out of popsicle sticks and White Elmer’s Glue conforming to pre-established code requirements, which address dimensions, weight, materials, construction, roadway grades, and member connections among other items.

Rainier Scholars Internship Program

6th grade through 12th grade

Each spring, Rainier Scholars invites 60 promising students of color to embark on an 11-year, life-changing journey. It demands hard work and commitment. In exchange, it offers invaluable opportunity. In four phases—from an intensive 14-month academic phase to placement into the area’s top independent and public schools to ongoing leadership development and support which lasts through the final day of college—scholars learn the skills, make the connections and accumulate the knowledge and experience that will enable them to excel in college and assume positions of leadership as adults.

If you are interested in becomming a Rainier Scholar, please see the web site above for details on how to qualify.

For Engineers and Educators

Businesses who hire interns reap rewards. By partnering with Rainier Scholars, businesses and organizations make a commitment to diversity, invest in the future work force and fulfill a civic responsibility providing students with mentoring and professional work experiences. Interns bring fresh ideas and new perspectives to their jobs, enhancing the level of creativity and innovation within an organization. Most importantly in this economic climate, a high quality internship experience increases a productivity by offering low-cost, high quality labor.

If you would like to explore the opportunity of hosting an internship, please see the web site above.

World In Motion

K through 12th grades

The A World in Motion® curriculum joins together teachers, students, and industry volunteers in an exploration of physical science while addressing essential mathematic and scientific concepts and skills. Industry volunteers play an essential role in motivating the next generation to pursue careers in science, technology, engineering and math by bringing their everyday experiences into an AWIM classroom.

Each of the AWIM activities is designed around current math, science, and technology standards. SAE International provides the AWIM curriculum and materials at no cost to classroom teachers who complete a Statement of Partnership.

The program consists of hands-on physical science curricula designed for a variety of grade levels.

  • Elementary (3-6)
    • Skimmer
    • JetToy
    • Electricity & Electronics
  • Middle School (7-8)
    • Motorized Toy Car
    • Glider
    • Electricity & Electronics
  • High School (9-10)
    • Electricity & Electronics

A World In Motion® is brought to you by SAE International and is funded through the SAE Foundation