College of Engineering, Technology, and Computer Science

ETCS Outreach Programs

The IPFW Outreach Programs offer informal educational opportunities that: Engage, Challenge and Build Self-Confidence through hands-on activities fostering awareness and interest in STEM subjects (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math).

Through competitions, seminars, and workshops, students will be introduced to the world of engineering and technology. Awards and recognition are a key component of the competitive events, recognizing excellence and effort as they reinforce the students' self-confidence. All programs challenge students to think on their feet, solve problems, use their classroom learning, and look to the future.

Sci-TEC Academy
The Sci-TEC Academy is a new career and leadership network for invited 8th - 12th grade students. Youth who have participated in an IPFW STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) program or have demonstrated interest in ETCS (Engineering, Technology, and Computer Science) careers are invited to apply.
The Sci-TEC Academy will

  • Provide opportunity for pre-college youth to engage in STEM related Academy activities presented by faculty during the school year.
  • Offer a peer network to meet pre-college students from a variety of schools with similar interests.
  • Share valuable information about ETCS degrees, career paths, and northeast Indiana opportunities for scholarships, internships, and co-operative education while meeting IPFW faculty, students, and Sci-TEC industry partners.

Engineers Week Bridge Building Contest
High School students design and build bridges using popsicle sticks. The bridges are then tested to see who has the strongest bridge.

FIRST Lego League
Robotic teams of 9-14 year olds explore a yearly theme on this 2-3 month project and them compete with LEGO® robots that must accomplish a number of missions. The project includes research, creativity, programming, and teamwork. Teams advance to this exciting sports-like tournament from qualifying tournaments around the state.

Indiana Regional Future City Competition
Middle School teams expand knowledge and skills as they work on a cross-diciplinary project with an engineer mentor. Teams create a computer-designed city, write an essay on a yearly theme, build a city model, and present their project to judges. Winners go to Washington, D.C., for the nationals with all expenses paid.

NE Indiana Regional Science and Engineering Fair
IPFW hosts 4th-12th grade students from an eight county area to showcase their research projects. Students from grades 4-12 may advance to the Hoosier State Science & Engineering Fair (HSEF); grades 9-12 may advance from the HSEF to the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair.

Summer Explorations
Summer Explorations expose students to a variety of different career/interest areas. There are four different exploration areas: Computer Science, Math & Science, Engineering, and Physics.