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Goal 1 Resources: Facilitate P–16 STEM Education Outreach

Cultivate sustained, coordinated preschool through undergraduate partnerships to engage students in STEM experiences early and consistently, involving university faculty and students to meet STEM education challenges.

For P–16 Students: Quick-Links to STEM Summer Camps and Academic Year STEM activities:


1. News Stories

Short news stories about P–16 activities on the Illinois campus.


2. I-STEM Campus Affiliates Directory

Directory of Urbana-Champaign campus personnel interested in STEM education, including those particularly interested in P–16 STEM education outreach.


3. Funded Projects Directory

Directory of current externally funded P–16 STEM education outreach projects on the Illinois campus.


4. Funding Opportunities

External funding opportunities for P–16 STEM education outreach activities and research.


5. Miscellaneous P-16 STEM Websites/Resources

STEM Education/Career resource for students of all ages.


6. P-16 STEM Education Outreach Resources

Opportunities for students from preschool through high school (P-12) and for post-high students (through Grade 16) from outside this campus.

P–12 Academic Year and Summer STEM Education Activities

Elementary, K–6 (ages 6–12)
Academic Year Programs
Junior FIRST LEGO League
  Teams of up to six kids (grades K-3, ages 6-9) get to research a real-world problem (like food safety, recycling, energy, etc.), and then create a motorized model of what they discovered out of LEGO parts. They must also create a Show Me Poster that introduces their team and shows what they learned. Teams get judged at friendly expos and some lucky teams get invited to St. Louis to be part of the World Festival Expo, where kids from all over the world come together to celebrate their hard work.
FIRST LEGO League Challenge
  Teams of up to 10 kids (grades 4-8, ages 9-14) get to research a real-world problem (like food safety, recycling, energy, etc.), and then are challenged to develop a solution using their new knowledge and creative imagination. They also must design, build, and program a working robot using a LEGO MINDSTORMS® kit, then complete “missions” on a table-top playing field. Teams compete against each other at exciting events where they make new friends, show off what they learned and invented, express team spirit, and celebrate!
STEAM Studio
  This dynamic and innovative program affords Champaign-Urbana area students in grades kindergarten through fifth the opportunity to spend those all-important after school hours in an environment that fosters the analytical, creative, and critical thinking skills necessary for success in the ever-changing landscape of the global community. STEAM Studio provides transportation for most area elementary schools. Led by coordinator Angela Nelson, an educator and leader in the area of STEAM education, students experience a wide-range of activities perfectly suited for after school programming. In addition to enriching and creative STEAM units, the studio provides time for homework and snack. STEAM Studio also provides full-day programming for most days students are not in attendance at their full-day school, including Balanced Calendar Intercessions, Winter Break, and Spring Break.
eCYBERMISSION
  eCYBERMISSION is a web-based Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) competition free for students in grades six through nine where teams can compete for State, Regional and National Awards while working to solve problems in their community. eCYBERMISSION is a National Science Teachers Association and Army Educational Outreach Program.
Elementary School Summer Camps

For both genders

Camp Invention: June 19–June 23, 2017
  Camp Invention is a fun-filled adventure fostering inventive-thinking skills, science literacy, history and the arts in four activity-oriented modules created for children entering grades 2–6. Directed and taught by local teachers, children are challenged to identify solutions to real-world problems and are immersed in challenges that draw upon their sense of curiosity. Register here or call toll-free at 800-968-4332
College for Kids: Dates vary
  Ignite a lifelong desire for learning in your child! College for Kids is all about discovery learning, adventures with new and old friends, and unforgettable experiences! Since 1980, College for Kids has offered non-graded, hands-on enrichment courses for students 8-14 years old. Our summer sessions are held on Parkland’s main campus in a supervised and well-staffed environment. All classes feature highly qualified instructors and assistants who love interacting with kids. List of Summer 2017 classes. Register here and opens March 13, 2017
Next Generation School Summer Day Camp: Three sessions, dates vary
  Offered to students who have completed kindergarten through fourth grade, this day camp fuels summer days with a multitude of fun, exciting and ever-changing activities that let students enjoy their summer in a safe environment. Weekly activities include but are not limited to field trips, swimming, outdoor adventures, creative projects, science classes, physical education classes, and more. Registration opens Feburary 2017
Summer STEAMcation: Dates vary
  Next Generation School's STEAM Studio after-school program offers these week-long enrichment camps throughout the summer, from May 30th – August 4th. Rising 1st through 5th graders will have the opportunity to explore themes based on Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math (see STEAMcation themes flyer. For age groups, dates, and cost, see STEAMcation 2017 Flyer. Registration opens March 6, 2017.
Orpheum Children's Science Museum
  The Orpheum Musem offers a variety of camps and activities for children grades K–5. For more information call 217-531-3555 or visit their website.

For Girls

Bonding With Chemistry–A Day Camp for Girls:Saturday, June 24, 2017, and Saturday July 8, 2017
  A free, Chemistry Day camp for girls entering 6th–8th grade to expose middle school girls to chemistry and sciences in the laboratory and in every-day life. In the past, this hands-on camp has included topics such as electrochemistry, art chemistry, chemistry of the earth, chemistry in cooking, polymers, and more! In addition to participating in various chemistry-related activities and experiments throughout the day, the girls are also taught how to make scientific observations and follow experimental procedures in their designated laboratory notebooks.
Middle School, Rising 7th–8th Graders (ages 13–14)
Academic Year Programs
FIRST LEGO League Challenge
  Teams of up to 10 kids (grades 4-8, ages 9-14) get to research a real-world problem (like food safety, recycling, energy, etc.), and then are challenged to develop a solution using their new knowledge and creative imagination. They also must design, build, and program a working robot using a LEGO MINDSTORMS® kit, then complete “missions” on a table-top playing field. Teams compete against each other at exciting events where they make new friends, show off what they learned and invented, express team spirit, and celebrate!
FIRST Tech Challenge
  FIRST® Tech Challenge teams (10+ members - grades 7-12, ages 12-18) are challenged to design, build, program, and operate robots to play a floor game in an alliance format. Participants call it “the hardest fun you’ll ever have!” Guided by adult Coaches and Mentors, students develop STEM skills and practice engineering principles (like keeping an engineering notebook), while realizing the value of hard work, innovation, and sharing ideas. The robot kit is reusable from year-to-year and can be programmed using a variety of languages. Teams also must raise funds, design and market their team brand, and do community outreach for which they can win awards. Participants have access to tens of millions of dollars in college scholarships.
eCYBERMISSION
  eCYBERMISSION is a web-based Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) competition free for students in grades six through nine where teams can compete for State, Regional and National Awards while working to solve problems in their community. eCYBERMISSION is a National Science Teachers Association and Army Educational Outreach Program.
Middle School Summer Camps

For Girls

Bonding With Chemistry–A Day Camp for Girls: Saturday, June 24, 2017, and Saturday July 8, 2017
  A free, Chemistry Day camp for girls entering 6th–8th grade to expose middle school girls to chemistry and sciences in the laboratory and in every-day life. In the past, this hands-on camp has included topics such as electrochemistry, art chemistry, chemistry of the earth, chemistry in cooking, polymers, and more! In addition to participating in various chemistry-related activities and experiments throughout the day, the girls are also taught how to make scientific observations and follow experimental procedures in their designated laboratory notebooks.
Pollen Power: July 10–14, 2017
  Hosted by the Institute for Genomic Biology on the University of Illinois campus, the camp will provide an opportunity for girls to study plant responses to climate change in the distant past and the coming century. Research groups of 8 to 10 campers led by a female graduate student will use million-dollar microscopes to image pollen, giving the campers first-hand experience in a research environment with female mentors. The camp is designed for middle school age girls with an interest in plants and the environment. Registration opens Feburary 2017
*Scholarships are available
For both genders
High School, Rising 9th–12th Graders (ages 14–18)
Academic Year Programs
ChicTech Retreat
  Led by the Women in Computer Science student club, ChicTech Retreat is an overnight weekend conference for high school girls to get an introduction to technology and the culture of CS @ ILLINOIS. Activities include technology workshops on Scratch, HTML, or JavaScript depending on experience level, and also include several social activities that foster networking and teamwork. The ChicTech Retreat is usually held each November, and information will be posted on the CS Outreach Calendar. You can also email questions to cs-outreach@illinois.edu.
Application Deadline and Session Dates: TBD (Fall 2016 ChicTech was November 12–13.)
ChicTech Visits
  ChicTech Visits (pronounced “sheek-tek”) are led by members of the Women in Computer Science student club. An all-volunteer ChicTech team will travel to Illinois high schools to deliver a presentation to explain and demystify the field of computer science. The ChicTech team will give a glimpse into life as a CS @ ILLINOIS student and explore the exciting and challenging career options open to graduates. The presentation also confronts the stereotypes of the male-dominated field and debunks myths, cites success stories, and shares personal experiences. To schedule a ChicTech visit, please email cs-outreach@illinois.edu.
CS @ ILLINOIS Sail
  Led by the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) and Women in Computer Science (WCS) student clubs, CS @ ILLINOIS Sail is a free, day-long showcase for high school students to learn about computer science in fun workshops, explore career opportunities, and take a campus tour and experience what it’s like to be a computer science student in the College of Engineering at the University of Illinois. The CS @ ILLINOIS Sail event is held each April, and information will be posted on the CS Outreach Calendar. You can also email questions to cs-outreach@illinois.edu.
Engineering Days
  Engineering Days is one of the best ways for prospective engineering students to see what being an engineer is all about. During the course of the day, you will learn about the different engineering fields, visit cutting-edge labs, talk to current college students about life as an engineering student, and get a good look at one of the nation's top rated engineering universities
Explore ACES: March 10–11, 2017
  A two-day event to acquaint prospective students and their families with the College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences (ACES).
FIRST Tech Challenge
  FIRST® Tech Challenge teams (10+ members - grades 7-12, ages 12-18) are challenged to design, build, program, and operate robots to play a floor game in an alliance format. Participants call it “the hardest fun you’ll ever have!” Guided by adult Coaches and Mentors, students develop STEM skills and practice engineering principles (like keeping an engineering notebook), while realizing the value of hard work, innovation, and sharing ideas. The robot kit is reusable from year-to-year and can be programmed using a variety of languages. Teams also must raise funds, design and market their team brand, and do community outreach for which they can win awards. Participants have access to tens of millions of dollars in college scholarships.
FIRST Robotics Competition
  We call FIRST Robotics Competition the ultimate Sport for the MindTM. High-school student participants call it “the hardest fun you’ll ever have.” Under strict rules, limited resources, and an intense six-week time limit, teams of 25 or more students are challenged to raise funds, design a team "brand," hone teamwork skills, and build and program industrial-size robots to play a difficult field game against like-minded competitors. It’s as close to real-world engineering as a student can get. Each season ends with regional competions and an exciting FIRST Championship. As a participant, you'll have access to tens of millions of dollars in college scholarships.
ICTM State Math Finals: May 6, 2017
  The University of Illinois hosts the Illinois Council of Teachers of Mathematics High School Math Contest each spring. The state finals will take place on May 6, 2017.
eCYBERMISSION
  eCYBERMISSION is a web-based Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) competition free for students in grades six through nine where teams can compete for State, Regional and National Awards while working to solve problems in their community. eCYBERMISSION is a National Science Teachers Association and Army Educational Outreach Program.
The SMART (Sustainable Materials and Renewable Technology) Competition
  The SMART Competition challenges high school students to apply their knowledge of science, math and physics to develop an intelligent building design. The students will be mentored by design and engineering professionals. They will use the same techniques and tools the design teams use in many of the country’s best design firms. For the competition, the students will redesign a gymnasium found on an existing high school campus. All teams will be tasked with redesigning the same building. The Competition is open to all high school students who attend public, private, parochial, charter and home-based schools. Students from other non-school based or informal education programs may participate. The program is designed to attract all students without regard or bias of gender, race, socio-economic or academic performance level. The teams will first compete at the regional level with the top team from each region competing at an international event.
High School Summer Camps
For Girls
GAMES (Girls’ Adventures in Mathematics, Engineering, and Science): 8 different tracks, dates vary
  GAMES (Girls’ Adventures in Mathematics, Engineering, and Science) is an annual, week-long camp, designed to give academically talented high school girls (rising 9th-12th graders) an opportunity to explore exciting engineering and scientific fields through demonstrations, classroom presentations, hands-on activities, and contacts with women in these technical fields. We present an advanced curriculum, use world-class instructional facilities, and provide an “away from home” experience at one of the best engineering schools in the world. Enrollment in the program is limited to ensure the quality of the academic experience. GAMES has a selective admissions process based on academic performance, a written essay and a teacher recommendation. Application Deadline: April 15, 2017 by 5:00 pm, or until camps are full. PDF Flyer of camps.
  • June 18-24, 2017:
    • Chemical Engineering: 9th-12th grade
    • GLEE (Girls Learn Electrical Engineering): 10th-12:th grade
    • GBAM (Girls Buidling Awesome MachinesMechanical Engineering): 9th-12th grade
    • GLAM (Girls Learning About Materials): 10th-12th grade
  • July 9-15, 2017:
    • Aerospace Engineering: 9th-12th grade
    • Bioengineering: 9th-12th grade
    • Computer Science: 9th-12th grade
    • Environmental Engineering and Sustainability: 10th-12th grade
*There is financial aid available for those who qualify; additionally, there are scholarships specifically available for students of under-served minorities/economically disadvantaged groups
For both genders
Exploring Your Options (EYO):
 
  • EYO Session 1: June 11-17, 2017
  • EYO in Mechanical Science and Engineering: June 11-17, 2017
  • EYO Session 2: July 16-22, 2017
  This is a week-long residential program that introduces high school rising juniors and seniors to the field of engineering. EYO is held at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Participants will interact with engineering students and faculty members, plan and build a project, and engage in hands-on activities prepared by departments within the College of Engineering. Application Deadline: May 1, 2017 by 5:00 pm
*There is financial aid available for those who qualify; additionally, there are scholarships specifically available for students of under-served minorities/economically disadvantaged groups
Discover Engineering: June 25-July 1, 2017; Discover Bioengineering: July 16–22, 2017
  Discover Engineering is a one-week residential camp for rising sophomores who are interested in math and science. Students will work on several projects that will incorporate different aspects of engineering. Application Deadline: May 1, 2017 by 5:00 pm, or until camps are full
*There is financial aid available for those who qualify; additionally, there are scholarships specifically available for students of under-served minorities/economically disadvantaged groups
Illinois Aerospace Institute Summer Camp: Session I: June 23–July 1, 2017; Session II: July 16–22, 2017
  For students entering grades 9–12 who are interested in learning about the fields of aerospace engineering and aviation. Students stay at in a University-certified residence hall with live-in camp counselors. Students will learn about a variety of topics regarding aerospace engineering through classroom sessions, laboratories, demonstrations, and hands-on activities. Application Deadline: April 15, 2017 – however, because space is limited, early application is encouraged; Institute slots are usually filled prior to April 15.
*Limited financial aid is available based on need
Discover Architecture Pre-College Summer Program:
 
  • Session I: June 18, 2017–July 1, 2017;
  • Session II: July 9, 2017–July 22, 2017
  Discover Architecture is a two-week program offered by the Illinois School of Architecture at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign which provides high school students and beginning college students the opportunity to be introduced to architectural graphics, design, and modeling. Discover Architecture students learn about the roles and responsibilities of architects in relation to design, the profession, and the environment. Discover Architecture exposes students to an university atmosphere, complete with dorm living, faculty lectures, and architectural studio. Application Deadline: May 5, 2017 for Session I and June 2, 2017 for Session II
*Scholarships are available, here and here
Illini Summer Academies: June 26–29, 2017
  Illini Summer Academies promotes career opportunities while showcasing University of Illinois as the college of choice to teens in Illinois. Academy time during the four-day conference enhances the educational experience of youth in their preferred fields of study. All activities promote Illinois 4-H and the principles of positive youth development-belonging, independence, generosity and mastery. Academies are open to ANY Illinois youth who are currently in eighth to twelfth grade. They must be an incoming high school freshman to graduating senior this summer and must fall within the 14-18 age range . This is a live-in academy program; delegates will not be allowed to commute to the campus for daily activities. Registration opens March 2017
*Partial scholarships are available
researcHStart: June 19– August 11, 2017
  A joint University of Chicago/University of Illinois high school summer cancer research program, researcHStart, has just been launched. The researcHStart program is an 8-week cancer-focused research and career development experience for the most promising high school students from the Chicago and Champaign-Urbana areas. The research experience is the core of the program, which provides hands-on, full-time immersion into a cancer research environment under the supervision of an established, funded investigator. Depending on the specific project and mentor, students will develop an understanding of cancer epidemiology, cancer treatment, imaging, immunology, pharmacogenomics of anticancer agents, engineering, biomarker development, the molecular and biochemical underpinnings of cancer, development of anticancer agents, experimental cancer therapeutics, and/or cancer disparities. Application Deadline: March 2017
Incoming Undergraduate Freshmen
National Institutes of Health (NIH) Undergraduate Scholarship Program (UGSP): January 3, 2017
  NIH UGSP offers competitive scholarships to students from disadvantaged backgrounds who are committed to careers in biomedical, behavioral, and social science health-related research. The program offers Scholarship support, paid research training at the NIH during the summer, and paid employment and training at the NIH after graduation.
  • Application Opens: January 3, 2017
  • Application Deadline: March 14, 2017 at 11:59pm ET
  • Letter of Recommendation Deadline: March 28, 2017 at 11:59pm ET
  • EFN Form with 2015 Tax Year Information Deadline: May 9, 2017
  • Invitations to Phone Interview Distributed: Mid-June, 2017
  • Phone Interviews for Admission: Mid-July, 2017
  • Selection of Scholars: Late-July, 2017
For All Ages
Academic Year Programs
CS @ ILLINOIS Hour of Code: December 2017
  In conjunction with Computer Science Education Week, and Hour of Code, CS @ ILLINOIS hosts an Hour of Code that is open to the public and a great outing for the whole family. We use Code.org as the guided curriculum, and support is available from several CS @ ILLINOIS students, faculty, staff, and volunteers. The CS @ ILLINOIS Hour of Code event is held each December, and information will be posted on the CS Outreach Calendar. You can also email questions to cs-outreach@illinois.edu. 2016 Hour of Code at CS @ ILLINOIS FLIER .
Engineering Open House: March 10–11, 2017
  This annual student-led event featuring two days of exciting exhibits and captivating competitions that showcase the talent and ingenuity of engineering students. The exposition attracts thousands of visitors to the Illinois campus each year and stands as the largest event of its kind in the country. EOH brings together students, faculty, and corporate sponsors to feature cutting-edge innovation in the fields of science and technology.
Girls Who Code: Sunday Afternoons
  CS @ ILLINOIS hosts a chapter of Girls Who Code (girlswhocode.com), a club that allows middle school and high school girls to explore coding in a fun and friendly environment. The goal is to inspire, educate, and equip girls with the computing skills to pursue 21st century opportunities. The CS @ ILLINOIS Girls Who Code club meets on Sunday afternoons during the school year in 0224 Siebel Center from 1:00pm-3:00pm. You can email questions to cs-outreach@illinois.edu
Vet Med Open House: October 1, 2017
  This annual student-led event features more than 40 exhibits and demonstrations showcases the art and science of veterinary education and practice and provides a behind-the-scenes look at the most comprehensive veterinary facility in Illinois, the Veterinary Teaching Hospital. The event is appropriate for all ages, including many hands-on learning opportunities for children. Prospective veterinary students can attend an informational session about admission to the state's only veterinary degree program
Pathways to Science
  STEM-related resources for K-12 students, including summer and academic year programs, paid internships, plus resources such as how to apply for summer research experience, how to apply for college, etc.
Science Olympiad
  Science competitions for K-12 students at the regional, state, and national levels.