Columbia Engineering Outreach Programs aim to provide greater accessibility to academic and professional opportunities in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) disciplines, especially for traditionally underrepresented local stakeholders. Through community engagement, we enhance the quality and reach of learning at all levels.
Programs connect local K-12 students and educators with the world-class STEM resources at Columbia Engineering, including on-campus and in-school education and enrichment opportunities.
Across STEM fields, there are gender and racial gaps which have continued to widen nationally. To broaden equity and inclusion in STEM, engaging more female and minority students through outreach is important in encouraging students to successfully pursue higher education and careers in STEM.
Columbia Engineering strives to reduce these gaps through our outreach programs such as SHAPE, E.N.G., Engineering Speaks, and Inside Engineering. We rely on partnerships, mostly with Title 1 schools in Upper Manhattan and the Bronx, to connect with K-12 communities.
Engineering is a way to address real life problems. Everything in the human-made world is the result of engineering, and New York City itself is a feat of engineering with its building, bridges, roads, and infrastructure. Solutions to everyday problems can come from anyone, anywhere. Our programs aim to reveal engineering in our everyday lives and to inspire the problem solvers inside each of us. Engineering Outreach engages the community in the problem solving process to improve all of our everyday lives.