University of Iowa

College of Engineering

FIRST Tech Challenge

Teams of middle & high school aged students design, build, and program a robots to compete in an alliance format against other teams. Currently, there are over 200 teams in Iowa.

Program for Enhanced Design Experience

Senior engineering students work in conjunction with engineers from industry and University of Iowa faculty members on a design project. The goal is for students to gain experience in the design process ranging from conceptualization, to prototyping, to testing and evaluation, and to production. Students gain first hand experience in solid modeling, finite element analysis, dynamic simulation, and cost analysis. Emphasis is placed on communication skills, including written reports and periodic oral presentations.

Project Lead The Way

Project Lead The Way (PLTW) provides a transformative learning experience for K-12 students and teachers across the U.S. We create an engaging environment and empower students to develop in-demand knowledge and skills necessary to thrive in an evolving world. PLTW is a national STEM program found in all 50 states. The University of Iowa College of Engineering is proud to be an affiliate university since 2006.

Summer Camp: LEGO Learners

Campers will build cities, bridges, and motorized cars/planes and explore the many creative possibilities of engineering with the LEGO system. With access to thousands of pieces of LEGO, campers will have the opportunity to build what they have only dreamed of with the support of an experienced instructor to guide them. The UI Pre-Engineering Summer Day Camps strives to develop and enhance students’ problem solving and critical thinking skills, provide an opportunity for creative expression, and foster students’ curiosity about science and technology through fun-filled engineering projects.

Summer Camp: Lego Robotics

Campers will design, build and program autonomous robots using the LEGO Mindstorms Robotics kits. Participants will work in a team environment to create a robot to complete various missions. Using an EV3 brick, servo motors, and various sensors, the robots will move on wheels or treads. Besides having fun, participants will learn problem solving, communication and team work skills.

Summer Camp: Tetrix Robotics

Campers will design and build a robot working in pairs using Tetrix Robotics Technology, remote controlled robots. Students will delve into authentic scientific research and a hands-on robotic design. A robotic challenge at the end of the week will put their skills to the test. Instruction will include basic engineering skills and how input/output devices can be used to affect the behavior of their very own robots.

Summer Research Internships in Renewable Energy

Iowa NSF EPSCoR is a statewide program funded by NSF and the State of Iowa dedicated to making Iowa a leader in advanced biofuels, wind energy and energy efficiency. Summer internships are open to all students to participate in research with an EPSCoR faculty member and their research group. Internships are open to all qualified students, but preference is given to first-generation, low-income, women and minority students.

WISE Ambassadors

The WiSE Ambassadors are an undergraduate student organization for women in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) majors. This group participates in K-12 and community outreach activities, plans professional development opportunities for undergraduate women in STEM, and provides services to local organizations. They are a student-run group that receives support through the Women in Science and Engineering (WISE) Program.