All Programs

Research-driven Programs

Inside Engineering Program
Inside Engineering Program. Photo Credit: Outreach Programs Staff
Inside Engineering

Inside Engineering invites school groups into Columbia Engineering labs to show students what engineering looks like in practice. 

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Engineering the Next Generation (E.N.G.). Photo Credit: Tim Lee
Engineering the Next Generation

E.N.G. is a summer research opportunity for highly motivated and under-represented high school students from local partner schools.

Engineering Speaks
Engineering Speaks. Photo Credit: Outreach Programs Staff
Engineering Speaks

Engineering Speaks gives engineers from Columbia the opportunity to present directly to students in local schools.

Student-driven Programs

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FIRST Robotics
FIRST Robotics

Columbia Engineering is home to the 2 Train Robotics team for the local, regional, and national high school robotics competitions and also hosts the annual Kickoff event marking the start of the competition. The international organization’s acronym FIRST is For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology.

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Girls Who Code
Girls Who Code

The Girls Who Code club at Columbia runs classes during the school year. This national organization is dedicated to closing the gender gap in the technology and engineering sectors. For more information about the club visit the GWC website.

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Sci-Inspire
Sci-Inspire

Sci-Inspire connects volunteers from Columbia with local K-12 schools and educators. This school-based program supports STEM education and collaborates with other student groups on campus to train and screen (fingerprint) volunteers for educational and outreach activities.

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Robogals
Robogals

Robogals teaches design and programming with Lego robots. It is a chapter of the international non-profit organization and aims to get more girls between the ages of 9 and 16 interested in science, engineering, and technology.

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Columbia University Competitions in Math
Columbia University Competitions in Math

CUCM hosts on-campus tournaments in upper-level mathematics for high school students; regional and national competitions engage students across the country each semester.

qLogiX Entertainment
qLogiX Entertainment
qLogiX Entertainment

qLogiX Entertainment creates educational tools that help children learn  STEM concepts through play. They aim to change the culture of STEM and the perception about STEM among children.

Event-driven Activities

Columbia Space Initiative
Columbia Space Initiative

CSI’s outreach activities include participation in Kid's Week, space presentations in K-12 schools, and CU Splash.

Society of Women Engineers
Society of Women Engineers

SWE’s outreach activities include the annual Engineering Exploration Experience (EEE) event for high school students and one-time events for example with ThinkSTEAM.

Society of Hispanic Engineers
Society of Hispanic Engineers

SHPE's outreach activities include in-school presentations, the Fall HISPA Youth conference, and SHPE Noche de Ciencas

National Society of Black Engineers
National Society of Black Engineers

NSBE's outreach activities include school presentations through “A Walk for Education,” junior chapters at local schools, and a pre-college program.

Engineers Without Borders
Engineers Without Borders

EWB's outreach activities include in-school presentations and conference-style events for local and regional students.

Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics
Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics

CU SIAM's outreach activities include volunteering at the National Math Festival and an on-campus Coding Bootcamp funded by Google igniteCS.

Faculty Initiatives

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Prof. Aaron Kyle

The HK Maker Lab partners with Dr. Aaron Kyle to run an intensive six-week summer program for underserved high school students. 

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Prof. Tal Danino

The Danino Lab offers creative outreach programs including bacteria video games and visual arts made from bacteria.

faculty initiatives
Prof. Shree Nayar

BigShot is a project that uses a highly interactive digital camera to engage young minds in science and engineering.