Students controlling their robots in a competition


Inspiring Future Leaders To Innovate

Providing a pipeline for the next generation of innovative thinkers, programmers, engineers and technical thinkers is a top priority for the School of Computing and Engineering.

We’ve designed a vast K-12 outreach effort to make sure Kansas City youths not only are exposed to science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) careers but also have chances to build, design and problem-solve long before college.

We reach out to the community through collaborations with businesses, K-12 teachers and nonprofit agencies such as KC STEM Alliance. Together, we work to encourage STEM careers and the next generation of technical workers.

At our summer camps, students build robots, design mobile apps and explore electricity. FIRST Tech Challenge has energized middle and high school students to design, build and program robots to compete against other teams.

K-12 Programs

Our K-12 programs are geared toward youths interested in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) careers. We offer middle and high school students a chance to compete with custom-built robots at the FIRST Tech Challenge and design bridges at the RooBuilders Bridge Building Competition. Students work for months honing their projects while applying real-world engineering and computing skills. Both programs culminate in an event on the UMKC campus at which teams from the region compete for bragging rights.

Summer Camps

Does your student like to tinker? Is he or she obsessed with mobile applications or enjoy mechanical challenges? SCE can help focus that energy into science exploration. We team up with businesses such as Google Fiber to host a mobile app camp, and KCP&L sponsors our energy exploration camp. Although many camps are designed for middle and high school students, SCE also hosts programs that give children as young as nine a chance to get involved. Summer is the ideal time to enrich a child’s classroom learning and spur a lifelong love of science.

College Prep

Small steps can point your child toward a future in a STEM career. Planning is essential to make sure your child is enrolled in challenging courses and extracurricular activities. Parents also can establish a strong foundation for children by teaching good study habits, expecting good grades and attending college fairs.

Teacher Resources

SCE faculty will assist teachers with projects and talk to students during classroom visits.

Community Partners

SCE is part of a vast community network in Kansas City that promotes STEM careers among diverse audiences. Two agencies – KC-BANCS and KC STEM Alliance – have close ties with the UMKC School of Computing and Engineering. KC-BANCS supports individuals with disabilities, including high school students and veterans, in finding STEM opportunities. KC STEM Alliance works to build interest in STEM careers among students of all ages through a variety of outreach events and activities.