Education/Broader Impacts

Common ways to engage established programs:
Undergraduate Research – bring students into your lab, but support them with the infrastructure of an established program for professional development and logistics
Summer Camps – Serve as a presenter/expert to share your research with the campers brought in by the program, you don’t have to run the whole program, just your small piece
Partner with K-12 Schools and Teachers – working with teachers will reach many students, as each teacher will pass along your research/topic to potentially 100’s of students each year.  Conferences and summer research experiences
Industry- and design project-related programs – provides career opportunities and experience for the students you engage.

Engineering Academic & Student Affairs (EASA) Programs

Undergraduate Summer Research Grants (USRG) and Other Undergraduate Research Programs

– Exposure to engineering research [Contact: Dr. Enjeti]

Summer Camps: Handson Exposure to Engineering

– Focus on underrepresented groups [Contact: Dr. Garcia, garcias5@tamu.edu]


  • ENGAGE is a six-day residential summer camp designed for students from underrepresented groups who are strong in science, technology and mathematics. The camp gives students hands-on, memorable experiences while inspiring them to consider a career in engineering. Rising juniors are strongly encouraged to apply, but preference will be given to rising seniors.

– Focus on women [Contact: Shawna Fletcher, fletcher.234@tamu.edu]


  • DiscoverE Girl Day - one-day event gives 2nd through 5th grade girls an opportunity to explore the wonders of engineering in a fun environment with hands-on, project-based activities.
  • SWE High School Conference - High School Conference is an annual conference hosted by the Society of Women Engineers chapter at Texas A&M University. The Conference is a two day long event where high school juniors and seniors will be exposed to various engineering oriented group activities which will give them a feel of what an engineering major looks like. The participants will also take part in several Texas A&M traditions and will be taken on campus tours and class visits to get to know our University and its culture.

Partner with High School Counselors and Teachers

– Focus on outreach [Contact: Shelly Tornquist, stornquist@tamu.edu]


  • Engineering Design Center 2 Go – traveling machine shop and innovation space. Currently used as part of FIRST Robotics and Maker U.
  • SECURE—A Research Experience for Teachers - The Secure teacher Education on Cybersecurity by Utilizing Research Experiences (SECURE) is a six-week research experience for Brazos Valley high school teachers and community college faculty. This RET program provides an opportunity for the teachers and faculty to gain new knowledge and insights about engineering research in the area of cybersecurity. Participants will have the necessary tools and research to build new classroom curriculum related to cybersecurity at their respect institutions. The program goals are the following:
    • Increase cybersecurity curriculum offerings
    • Encourage more students to explore cybersecurity careers
    • Increase exposure to the broad range of cybersecurity applications
    • STEM 4 Innovation - Conference for K-12 Texas Educators held at TAMU
    • Enrichment Experiences in Engineering (E3) – a two-and-a-half week summer residential engineering research experience for Texas secondary mathematics, science and career & technical education (CTE) teachers on the Texas A&M University campus in College Station, Texas.

AggiEChallenge/Project Showcase

– Multidisciplinary research & industry projects [Contact: M. Lagoudas, m-lagoudas@tamu.edu]

The AggiE-Challenge program provides engineering undergraduates opportunities to participate in research for course credit as part of multidisciplinary teams. Each team consists of ten or more students representing three or more majors and enrolled in a course for one or more credit hours. Student teams work on a project closely related to the faculty research and the team is mentored by the faculty and one or more graduate students.

Since 2012, more than 1,000 engineering students have participated in the program for one or more semesters. Participants represent 28% females, 21% Hispanic, and 3% African American. In addition, they represent all engineering majors and from freshman to seniors. 16% of participants who graduated with their bachelor’s degree have pursued graduate school at Texas A&M while more students pursued graduate school at other institutions.

Interested faculty might want to consider proposing to work with our office and establish an AggiE-Challenge team. Faculty will use their NSF funding to support a graduate student to work with their team while EASA will provide the program support (recruit students for the project, train graduate students to manage undergraduate teams, access to facilities such as the Engineering Innovation Center for prototype development, opportunities to showcase research work at annual Engineering Project Showcase, and access to IRB approved assessment for impact to student learning).

For more information, please visit the AggiE-Challenge website.

Vertically Integrated Projects Program Consortium

The AggiE-Challenge program in the Vertically Integrated Projects (VIP) Consortium is funded by Helmsley Trust and run out of Georgia Tech. The focus of the consortium is to promote engagement of undergraduates in research for multiple semesters and for course credit.  All teams are vertically integrated (freshman to seniors). The Consortium includes 20+ schools, among them GT, Purdue, and University of Michigan. Ed Coyle is the Director of the VIP Consortium and he has promoted the VIP model both with NSF and ABET.

For a list of references about the VIP consortium, please visit this link.

College of Engineering Center and Departmental Programs

Summer camps and after-school programs – Hands-on exposure to engineering:

  • BioFORCE - is a residential STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) summer program of the National Center for Therapeutics Manufacturing that exposes high school students to the amazing process of how cutting-edge research and medical discoveries become new drugs and pharmaceutical treatments. BioFORCE prepares students for college programs in engineering and science and helps them discover their potential to become a scientist who creates a blockbuster, life-saving medicine or an engineer who manufacturers disease-eradicating vaccines! For HS students.
  • Camp Build - is a one-week summer camp designed for high school juniors and seniors. Students are given the opportunity to explore Civil Engineering as a major at Texas A&M University and experience the Aggie culture!
  • Camp SOAR - is a five day summer camp designed to expose upcoming high school juniors and seniors with an interest in Aerospace Engineering to the research and facilities at Texas A&M University’s Department of Aerospace Engineering (AERO). During the week at Texas A&M, students will be able to explore the field though design projects and departmental tours. They will have the opportunity to interact with current students as well as world renowned faculty.
  • TAMU Math Circle - TAMU Math Circle is a joint project between the Departments of Mathematics and Electrical and Computer Engineering at Texas A&M University. We meet in the Blocker Building at Texas A&M on Saturdays, 2:00- 4:00 pm, almost every week during the Fall and Spring semesters. There is also a optional problem Mathematical Circles are a form of education enrichment and outreach that bring students into direct contact with mathematical professionals in an informal setting, to work on interesting problems or topics in mathematics. The goal is to get the students excited about the mathematics, giving them a setting that encourages them to become passionate about mathematics. TAMU Math Circle is jointly organized by Drs. Yasskin and Sottile from the Math Department and Dr. Sprintson from the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department. The circle is directed to gifted students in grades 5-12.
  • Texas A&M FIRST Robotics Program - FIRST LEGO League. FLL introduces students from ages 9-13 to real-world engineering challenges by building LEGO-based robots to complete tasks on a thematic playing surface. FIRST LEGO League teams, guided by their imaginations and adult coaches, discover exciting career possibilities and, through the process, learn to make positive contributions to society. These are programs designed to engage young students in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM). Guided by adult coaches and mentors, Jr. FLL and FLL are great options for an after-school program. Teams can be formed within Girl Scouts, Boy Scouts, 4-H, schools, neighborhoods, or any other groups.
  • Zero Robotics – is an innovative and inspiring program for middle school students (rising 6th-9th grades in the summer) and high school students (9th-12th grades in the fall) that is truly out of this world! Zero Robotics is a computer programming challenge designed to cultivate interest in Science, Technology Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) by giving middle and high school students unprecedented access to the International Space Station (ISS).
  • Aggie STEM Summer Camp (ACCS) – 7th-12th grade students - give students real world experiences in STEM education through inquiry learning and provide a world-class university experience with Texas A&M University professors in STEM fields. Students will attend a variety of non-credit STEM classes: Construction Engineering, Circuit Design, Media Marketing, Chemistry of Cosmetics, Computer Science, Application Design, ACT/SAT Principles, Physics Show and/or Chemistry Show, and a variety of social activities and local field trips.

Teacher Programs

  • Camp SOAR Teacher Internship Opportunity - High school math, science and CTE teachers in Texas have the opportunity to work with students for Camp SOAR. During the week at Texas A&M, teachers will be able to explore the field of aerospace engineering along with the students through design projects and departmental tours. Teachers will have the opportunity to interact with current students, as well as world-renowned faculty.
  • GenCyber Camps – Hosted by the TAMU CyberSecurity Center, this camp is designed to introduce, develop, and reinforce skill-sets of computer science and information technology in K-12 teachers, specifically in cybersecurity topics.
  • Mechatronics, Robotics, and Industrial Automation Research Experience for Teachers (RET) - This site will provide opportunities for high school teachers and two-year college faculty involved in career and technology education (CATE) to engage in Mechatronics, Robotics, and Industrial Automation research and curriculum development. Activities will include a 6-week summer program at TAMU and continuing collaboration throughout the following academic year. During the summer, participants will: engage in a research project with a faculty mentors; attend special topic presentations and site tours; and develop an instructional module to teach a topic related to their research.
  • Maker University - hands-on lessons, activities, and projects custom tailored to transform a certified PK-12 teacher into a confident and prepared makerspace educator through three separate three-day programs.
  • Aggie STEM
    • Colleges of Education & Human Development and Engineering.
    • Research-based professional development and other services for high-quality, secondary-level STEM teaching and learning
    • Programs –
      • Project Based Learning,
      • Professional Learning Communities
    • Target outreach
      • T-STEM Academies
      • Texas independent school districts
  • Internet of Things (IoT) Summer Institute - As part of the Connected STEM project, the Texas A&M College of Engineering is hosts a two-week summer institute for grade 7-12 educators to learn about the product development process, design and manufacturing of components using additive manufacturing technologies, and the development and programming of connected electronic devices.

Other TAMU Resources and Events

  • Aggieland Saturday - is a university-wide open house created to help prospective students and their families learn about the opportunities available at Texas A&M University. Each academic college and many student service offices provide fun and informational sessions throughout the day. Spring each year. For HS Juniors and Seniors.
  • Physics and Engineering Festival - The Department of Physics & Astronomy at Texas A&M University invite the public to an entertaining and informative event with over 100 amazing, interactive physics demonstrations, specialized programs by age groups, and public lectures by prominent scientists and astronauts.
  • Saturday Morning Biophysics - is a program that introduces middle school and high school girls to current research topics in the physical and life sciences. We particularly encourage teachers to attend. The presentations are designed to be enjoyed by anyone! Designed for general audiences, the lectures are an opportunity to hear Texas A&M professors discuss their work in easy-to-understand, non-technical terms. Activities will include lectures, multimedia presentations, hands-on demonstrations, and computer simulations.
  • Youth Adventure Program - The YOUTH ADVENTURE PROGRAM (YAP) is a series of one week courses designed to encourage career exploration in fields of interest to gifted and talented students. YAP is held on the College Station campus of Texas A&M University. University professors and other professionals will teach YAP classes. While they may do some lecturing to introduce concepts and principles, major emphasis is given to “discussing (yapping) and doing” as a strategy for engaging students in the investigative process.
  • CIRTL – Center for the Integration of Research, Teaching, and Learning
    • Local URL: http://cirtl.tamu.edu; National URL: http://cirtl.net
    • A network of research universities committed to preparing outstanding future faculty in STEM disciplines
    • Resources for Faculty – can be leveraged to enhance your proposals
      • Engage in CIRTL workshops as facilitators, speakers, and faculty mentors
      • Direct your students and post-docs to CIRTL@TAMU to supplement your individual mentoring efforts
      • National network provides online courses, workshops, and “coffee hours” for diverse learning opportunities about STEM teaching and career issues
  • Center for Teaching Excellence
    • Faculty Teaching and Learning Portal
    • Workshops and Development
    • Individual Consulting for Teaching – Peer review of teaching
    • Graduate Student and Post-Doc Resources – leverage for proposals
  • Science Outreach
    • Nancy Magnussen, Program Director
    • Educational Outreach Programs (grades 6-12)
      • Expanding Your Horizons – 6th grade girls conference
      • Science Bowl
      • Texas Junior Academy of Science
      • Texas Junior Science and Humanities Symposium
      • Texas Science Olympiad
  • Women’s Programs
    • Women in Science and Engineering (WISE)
  • NSF REU Sites on TAMU campus
    • 15 funded REU Sites
    • 13 different departments across campus
    • Contact the PI and find out if they would be willing to find you a student to participate in their program if you fund them with your CAREER.

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