K-12 Programs

....Discover the Possibilities of Your Imagination

The objective of our pre-college programs is to help young women view engineering as a viable career choice. The programs are multi-faceted and begin as early as grade school and continue through high school. 

To subscribe to our K-12 mailing list and receive emails about upcoming events for K-12 students, you can subscribe yourself by going to www.purdue.edu/WIEP/wiepk-12.


Access Engineering (AE)

Access Engineering partners with local summer programs (K-8th grade residential and day camps), bringing hands-on engineering activities led by trained female engineering role models to summer programs based on our successful outreach model with afterschool programs for over 4 years (I2D2).  Through partnerships with organizations listed below we anticipate that WIEP will impact over 1200 K-8th grade students in one summer!  Depending on the camp format, we will visit some camps more than once with a different activity each time over the course of the summer.  We will assess the impact of AE on students' perception of and familiarity with what engineers do as well as their perception of and interest in engineering before and afer the AE program.

For more information, contact the Program Coordinator: Sue Bayley, sbayley@purdue.edu or WIEP Associate Director:  Jennifer Groh, jgroh@purdue.edu.

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 Imagination, Innovation, Discovery & Design (I2D2) 

I2D2 is an after-school academic year program for children in kindergarten through 5th grade. I2D2 introduces young students in our community to engineering through creative and innovative hands-on engineering activities. Teams of current Purdue engineering students visit local schools, introduce these activities, and inspire young minds to become Purdue's future engineers. Twice a year, I2D2 presents an Open House in which young children can explore hands-on engineering concepts with their families.

Date:  Open House on Saturday, February 28, 2015.  No registration is required.    

Location:  Hampton Hall (Civil Engineering Building), Purdue University, West Lafayette Campus

For more information, contact the Program Coordinator: Sue Bayley, sbayley@purdue.edu.

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Innovation 2 Reality (I2R)

I2R is a FREE after school engineering program for 6th-8th grade students.  I2R provides a unique opportunity to explore themed areas of engineering through a combination of faculty guest speakers, lab tours and hands-on engineering activities.  Each theme meets once a week for five weeks.  Past themes have been related to topics of Climate Change, Diabetes, Food, Energy, and Water Scarcity. 


Capture the Creativity of Code: Use creative coding to “light up” your favorite poster or have your newly designed puppet say silly sounds.  Come to our summer I2R session and dive into the imaginative world of engineering your computer to create art, games and adventures.
                            9:00am-11:00am, Monday-Friday, June 22nd-June 26th  

For more information, please contact the Program Coordinator: Sue Bayley, sbayley@purdue.edu

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Engineering FYI: For Your Imagination

July 11, 2015   

Engineering FYI: For Your Imagination is a FREE one-day on-campus event designed to increase interest in engineering among rising 7-9th grade students (completed 6-8th grade by summer of the event).  The day features hands-on activities and interaction with current engineering students for participants and some activities for parents as well.   

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Introduce a Girl to Engineering Day

Save the Date:  Saturday, February 27, 2016 

Introduce a Girl to Engineering Day is a FREE one-day on-campus event designed to increase interest in engineering among early high school students.  The day features hands-on activities and interaction with current engineering students for participants and information sessions for parents.  The Women in Engineering Program's Introduce a Girl to Engineering Day is part of National Engineer's Week programming.  High School Freshmen and Sophomores are welcome to participate.  Parent Information.


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Juniors Exploring Engineering at Purdue (JEEP)!!! This program is now at capacity.  

Save the date for "Seniors Exploring Engineering at Purdue" on Monday, October 19, 2015  

Come to campus and learn about Purdue Engineering during a day specifically targeted to women!  High school seniors are invited in the fall, and juniors in the spring.  You will receive more information about two engineering disciplines of your choice, the first year engineering program, student life, and engineering in the "real world."  We also offer campus tours and a chance to meet Purdue professors, current engineering students, and some awesome alums.  


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WE Link

Each young woman admitted to the College of Engineering is matched with an undergraduate female engineering student. You can provide a personal connection and answer questions about Purdue with knowledge gained from your own recent experiences.





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