Pathways to college

Girls in Engineering 2015

The pathway to college-level study in engineering begins with teachers and mentors who can inspire curiosity and share the fun and excitement of discovery and invention. Berkeley Engineering offers a range of outreach programs to engage K–12 students in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) activities and steer them toward college.

Our faculty, staff, alumni and, in particular, our dedicated students are happy to offer their expertise and enthusiasm to future engineers by providing tours, workshops and hands-on activities that illustrate how engineers are changing the world.

A Stand for Education
Fall semester  |  BESSA (Black Engineering and Science Student Association)
East Bay K–12 students participate in workshops and challenges, led by Berkeley’s Black Engineering and Science Student Association.

CS Ed Day
Fall semester  |  EECS department
A one-day program for local high school teachers and their students each December. Faculty, students and staff in Berkeley’s computer science community host demonstrations and interactive labs to inform and inspire all participants about the possibilities of computing.

Mini-U
Fall semester  |  SWE (Society of Women Engineers)
Mini-University (MiniU) is a program run by the Berkeley chapter of the Society of Women Engineers (SWE) for 9th to 12th grade students. The program exposes students to the university experience and simulates a day in the life of a Cal engineering student.

PiE Prep
Fall and spring semesters  |  Pioneers in Engineering
Berkeley Engineering student volunteers visit high schools weekly to lead hands-on experiences with STEM projects and topics. This mentoring program also prepares high school students for PiE’s spring robotics competition.

SWE Science Saturdays
Fall and spring semesters  |  SWE (Society of Women Engineers)
SWE Science Saturdays are fun, two-hour engineering lessons and challenges from 10 a.m.–noon for 4th and 5th graders from local elementary schools. Spaces are given to those who register on a first-come, first-served basis.

SWE Science Scholars
Fall and spring semesters  |  SWE (Society of Women Engineers)
SWE Science Scholars are fun, two-hour engineering projects and lessons from 10 a.m.–noon for local middle school students. This program complements SWE Science Saturdays. Spaces are given to those who register on a first-come, first-served basis.

YES Day (Young Engineers and Scientists)
Fall and spring semesters  |  HES (Hispanic Engineers and Scientists)
On YES Day, Bay Area middle and high school students spend a fun and eventful day at Berkeley for the annual Young Engineers and Scientists Conference, hosted by Hispanic Engineers and Scientists. This conference exposes students to various engineering disciplines through workshops and lab tours.

BEAM after-school programs
Spring semester  |  BEAM (Berkeley Engineers and Mentors)
BEAM is a science mentoring program run by Berkeley undergraduates for local K–12 students. The program is a partnership with 11 local elementary and high schools, providing underserved students with after-school activities that stimulate their interest in math, science and engineering.

Cal Day: Berkeley’s annual open house
Spring semester  |  Cal Day
On Cal Day, the College of Engineering hosts potential students and their families, alumni and the general public as part of the campus community open house. The College of Engineering presents more than 70 events including demonstrations, lab tours, exhibits and lectures.

Engineering 4 Kids Day
Spring semester  |  E4K (Engineering 4 Kids)
Engineering 4 Kids Day is hosted annually by the Berkeley engineering community. E4K hosts hundreds of students in grades 4–6 for one day of fun, hands-on engineering activities organized and taught by Berkeley students, graduates and faculty.

Expanding Your Horizons conference
Spring semester  |  Expanding Your Horizons
Graduate students, post-docs and undergraduate women from STEM departments at Berkeley host a one-day conference for high school and middle schools girls to encourage them to pursue STEM subjects.

Junior Solar Sprint Challenge
Spring semester  |  SWE (Society of Women Engineers)
The Junior Solar Sprint Challenge gives middle school students a hands-on perspective on math and science. Participants experiment, invent, design and construct their own solar vehicles. While learning math and science principles, students also gain teamwork and problem solving skills.

SWE GetSET
Spring semester  | SWE (Society of Women Engineers)
This mentoring program, sponsored by SWE’s Santa Clara Valley section, offers encouragement to high school girls from backgrounds typically underrepresented in engineering and computer science. GetSET students visit Berkeley for a day of lab tours, information on Berkeley admissions and opportunities to learn about careers in engineering from students, staff, faculty and alumni.

Girls in Engineering
Summer | College of Engineering
Girls in Engineering is a week-long program with hands-on engineering activities for middle school girls. With Berkeley faculty and graduate students as teachers, participants learn first-hand about the exciting world of engineering and technology.

Samsung Mobile App Academy
Summer | Engineering Student Services
This three-day program teaches students how to develop apps for mobile devices. Any rising high school junior and senior living within 60 miles of the Berkeley campus who has taken or will be enrolled in two or more AP and/or honors science, technology, engineering and/or math classes and has  a GPA of 3.0 or higher may apply.

National Student Leadership Conference
Summer  | National Student Leadership Conference
The National Student Leadership Conference (NSLC) exposes high school students to a variety of engineering fields through a 10-day residential summer program. Students from NSLC visit Berkeley to tour labs, learn about engineering degrees offered at Berkeley and meet current Berkeley Engineering undergraduates.