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K-12 Outreach

Engineering faculty and students are actively engaged in promoting Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) in K-12 education, and we offer a variety of programs to encourage kids to get excited about STEM education.


 

Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) education are increasingly important for the development of K-12 students. Between 2010 and 2020, STEM jobs in the United States are expected to increase by 14 percent, but studies show that only 16 percent of American high school seniors are interested in STEM careers because they don't feel confident in their STEM abilities.

This is why the Gallogly College of Engineering is passionate about getting kids excited about STEM education. Our high school open house and summer camps allow older students to experience what it will be like to pursue a career in engineering at OU. We also have programs and activities for student groups from pre-K to grade 12, and we encourage schools to schedule group tours and field trips. When your students visit the college, they can tour our engineering practice facility, participate in hands-on engineering activities, and learn about math and science in a fun and engaging way.

Together, we can get kids excited about STEM. 


Dalton Brasington, M.A., M.P.S.
Outreach and Recruiting Coordinator
dbrasington@ou.edu


Alyssa Pletcher
Outreach and Recruiting Graduate Assistant

Schedule a Visit

If you have any questions or need guidance for your experience, contact
goengineering@ou.edu. However, all planning and scheduling will be arranged through the visitors center. 

Family Engineering Nights

Family Engineering Nights are a chance for pre-K through 5th grade students, and their whole family, to experience engineering concepts together. These events will allow siblings, parents, guardians, grandparents and more to get involved and excited in the student's learning. In response to rising COVID cases in Norman and Oklahoma, we have made the difficult decision to postpone Family Engineering Nights to Spring 2022. Please continue to check this website for the updated dates.

Engineering Experiences

Group Tours

OU and the College of Engineering have partnered together to host on-campus tours and engineering experiences on select Tuesdays and Thursdays this fall. The on-campus experience starts with a OU admissions presentation and campus tour, groups can then choose to eat on campus (or bring your own lunch) and end with a hands-on engineering experience.

Hands-On
Experiences

The Gallogly College of Engineering hosts free hands-on engineering experiences for pre-K through 12th grade students on campus for up to 60 students.

Your students will interact with OU Engineering students and staff in hands-on activities and experiments. They will also have opportunities to meet members of competitive engineering teams and student organizations. Finally, your students will receive a tour of the college, including our engineering practice facility, with a brief information session on the College of Engineering. You can learn more here.

Engineering
Open House

Engineering Open House is a 110-year tradition here at the College of Engineering. Since 1912, the students of the University of Oklahoma have had the pleasure of extending an invitation to area high school students to participate in the Engineering Open House, the oldest and most successful event on the University of Oklahoma campus. High school students from across the state come to Norman each year to sample what the OU Engineering programs have to offer.

The contests, activities, and events are open for home school students to register for and participate in with a sponsor/chaperone present with them while on campus.

Spring 2022 Date: Friday, February 25th

GLAMS

GLAMS, or Girls Learning and Applying Math and Science, introduces middle school girls to science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) and to encourage them to explore STEM concepts through fun, hands-on design projects led by current students in the Gallogly College of Engineering and Mewbourne College of Earth and Energy.

Fall 2021 Date: Friday, October 29th

High School
Girls Day

High School Girls Day provides the opportunity for prospective high school women to engage with faculty from various engineering disciplines, and interact with school administration, staff, academic advisors and current students.

Spring 2022 Date: TBA

Summer Camps

The Gallogly College of Engineering hosts two different summer camps to help students get excited about engineering! Engineering Days is designed for rising high school juniors and seniors as day camps for students to come to campus and learn about engineering through hands-on faculty-led activities and instruction. Summer Bridge is a residential program designed for incoming OU first-year students to aide in the transition between high school and college.

Sooner Engineering Education Center

The Sooner Engineering Education (SEED) Center are current OU College of Engineering students who lead our on- and off-campus K-12 outreach activities. These students have a passion for engineering outreach, and our excited to get kids motivated about STEM!


Brandon Abbott
Chemical Engineering


Deaveyan Beltran-Hodge
Biomedical Engineering


Wambui Gachunga
Biomedical Engineering


Carlos Hernandez
Industrial and Systems Engineering


Brittney Miles
Mechanical Engineering


Romy Munoz
Computer Engineering


Christian Newkirk
Mechanical Engineering


Ope Odejimi
Mechanical Engineering


Dylan Portillo
Chemical Engineering