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.
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.
Middle School Career Day
Middle School Career Day exposes Middle School Students to a variety of engineering, technology, and computer science disciplines.Past presentation topics have included: robotics, wind tunnel, computer programming, and surveying.
NE Indiana Regional Science and Engineering Fair
IPFW hosts K-12 students from an eight county area to showcase their research projects. Students from the junior and senior devisions will advance to the Hoosier State Fair and/or the International Science and Engineering Fair.
Summer Explorations expose students to a variety of different career/interest areas. There are five different exploration areas: Computer Science, Leadership, Math & Science, Engineering, and Physics.