Preparing for a degree in engineering can begin at any age and we’re committed to our role in building a pipeline for the next generation of innovative thinkers, programmers, engineering and technicians.

Calling all students

It is never too early to start thinking about college. The process may seem daunting, but small steps can start students toward a future in a STEM career.

  • Choose STEM-related extracurricular activities, such as science and math clubs and the FIRST Robotics competition
  • Enroll in as many high-school math and science classes as possible
  • Attend summer camps focused on computing and engineering
  • Learn to study effectively – developing good study habits now will translate to better organization later
  • Attend career days at area schools and colleges
  • Consider challenging yourself with academically rigorous IB/AP courses
  • Maintain good grades to increase your chances for SCE admission and scholarships
  • Plan when you will take standardized tests for college admission – consider practice tests to familiarize yourself with the process

Calling all teachers

We welcome groups of students interested in learning about engineering, computer science and information technology to visit us on campus.  Additionally, our faculty and staff are happy to assist with projects and talk to students during classroom visits, and SCE students are equally eager to get into classrooms and share their experiences and career aspirations.

Please e-mail us at sce@umkc.edu for more information.


Summer camp is a great way to introduce K-12 students to engineering and computer science concepts and get them excited about STEM fields through hands on, fun activities.

SCE offers a variety of summer camps for K-12 graders. Registration and more information about individual camps are available on our summer camps page.


The KC STEM Alliance is an independent agency managed through the School of Computing and Engineering and serves as SCE’s primary K-12 outreach program. Funding to support the Alliance comes from a multi-year grant from the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation and from area STEM related companies, grants, and other non-profit agencies and organizations.

The KC STEM Alliance is currently serving more than 60,000 students in the area with programming such as Project Lead The Way (STEM coursework and programming for area K-12 schools) and KC FIRST (competitive robotics programming), as well as several other programs aimed to engage young people in STEM learning.

Visit them online to learn more.