Encouraging Our Engineers-to-Be

The College, its students and faculty contribute to a number of programs, events and activities
to improve STEM education in middle school and encourage the world’s next engineers.


Arizona Youth University

Arizona Youth University (Grades 4-9)

The College of Engineering partners with Arizona Youth University, the UA STEM Learning Center, and other organizations to provide weeklong day and overnight summer camps for students in grades 4-9 as well as a camp for girls ages 12-14.

  • Exciting projects
  • NASA curriculum
  • Engineering lab tours
  • STEM career exploration
  • Fun, supportive college environment


Wildcat Aeronautics & Wildcat Rocketry 2015 Camps
Design, build and test model gliders; use technology to explore air-traffic control; apply science and math skills in fun ways.

Day Camp: $200
Overnight Camp: $450

Arizona Youth University


Shoot for the Stars (Girls ages 12-14)
Prepare for blastoff at an out-of-this-world weeklong overnight NASA-driven rocket camp just for girls.



Registration opens in early March, with multiple sessions for each camp.

Visit AYU to sign up.

Shoot for the Stars

Arizona Science of Baseball

Statistics, ball trajectories, and elasticity come to life on the field as middle school students make real-world STEM connections though America’s favorite pastime.

The Arizona Science of Baseball program, started by UA systems and industrial engineering associate professor Ricardo Valerdi, teaches middle school educators how to apply science, technology, engineering and math to baseball.

Science of Soccer and Science of Football are in the works!

For more information, visit Arizona Science of Baseball and Science of Sport.


Arizona Science of Baseball
infinite possibilities

Club & Organization Activities

SHPE/UA Science Day
Plenty of Aha! moments to be had for the world’s future engineers at this annual event hosted by the UA student chapter of the Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers.

Middle-school students spend the day practicing their teamwork skills as they, for example:

  • Mix, stir, filter pour and spool their way to observing fruit DNA
  • Puzzle, arrange and connect their way to an electric circuit
  • Figure, balance and construct en route to a bowling ball pendulum!

Visit SHPE/UA for more information.

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