AWE Current Outreach Activities

One of the goals of the Advancing Women in Engineering Program is to develop and support initiatives to increase the number of women interested in studying engineering at Penn and elsewhere.  To do that we offer many different Outreach opportunities for middle school and high school girls as well as for Teachers and Guidance Counselors. Read more about some of these initiatives below.  Interested in planning an outreach program or have a suggestion?  Want to get involved? Contact us at awe@seas.upenn.edu.

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Girls in Engineering Math and Science Camp (GEMS)

This is a summer program for middle school girls in 6th, 7th, or 8th grade who will be 7th, 8th or 9th graders the following academic year. Join us for a great week of hands-on science, math, and engineering at Penn! You'll learn about what’s going on in Bioengineering, Nanotechnology, Materials Science, Graphics and Computing. Over the course of the week, you’ll learn how engineering is part of your every day life. You’ll do experiments with different materials, learn about DNA and work on your own animation project. Learn more...

Teacher Outreach Programs

Join us to learn about engineering and computer science and how you can encourage your students to be the engineering students of the future! Workshops include what is engineering, career opportunities, admissions requirements, curriculum and how we can help your students right now. Learn more...

Sleeping Bag Weekends

AWE offers prospective junior women the opportunity to come to campus and spend time learning more about engineering and being a student at Penn! Students will be paired up with undergraduate women engineers who live on campus and will get the opportunity to visit classes, eat in the dining hall, hear from current students and meet with faculty and staff in Engineering. Learn more...

Past Outreach Activities

NCWIT Day for Guidance Counselors and Teachers

The Department of Computer and Information Science and the Advancing Women in Engineering Program received a seed grant from Microsoft Research and the National Center for Women and IT (NCWIT) to host a day- long program to encourage women to study computer science. This program was for guidance counselors and teachers to learn about computer science and how they could encourage students to be the computer science and engineering students of the future! Learn more...

BOOT UP! Camp for High School Students

As part of our BPC grant, AWE offered Boot Up! for 3 summers. Boot UP! Camps were 1-week day programs for city of Philadelphia public or charter high school students who excel in math and have an interest in computers.  Students spent time working on a variety of technologies, creating their own games and animations, working with multi-media textiles, and Programming in Java. Learn more...

Broadening Participation in Computing (BPC) Grant

Penn Engineering, along with the Graduate School of Education, received a three-year, $600,000 grant from the National Science Foundation in January 2010 to spur interest in computer science with a first-of-its-kind, "cascading" mentoring program in which college, high school and middle school students will learn with and from each other. Learn more...