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Canstruction is a competition jointly hosted with the American Institute of Architects that involves teams constructing a design from canned foods, which are donated to the local food bank at the conclusion of the competition. Participating teams are sponsored by local engineering firms with practicing civil engineers and ASCE student chapter members serving as mentors to assist student teams in design participation.

Computational Thinking Camp is a one-week summer camp for girls in grades 7 – 11 organized by the Computer Science Department to expose girls to computational thinking/basic programming concepts as well as career opportunities in the Computer Sciences.

Expanding Your Horizons is a 1-day conference targeting girls in grades 6-9 and their parents. Consisting of hands-on workshops in science, healthcare, engineering, computers, as well as talks with female professionals in these areas, the program is designed to encourage more girls to consider study and careers in STEM fields.

Girls Experiencing Engineering (GEE, funded by Women’s Foundation for a Greater Memphis) is a series of one-week summer programs for middle and high school girls designed to familiarize them with various engineering disciplines through both general and focused week hands-on activities and interaction with practicing female engineers.

Girls in Manufacturing is a week-long summer session held each year for girls entering grades 10-12 to enhance their learning about engineering, science, and technology.  Sponsored by grants from Carrier Corporation, Cargill, Inc, and Cummins, Inc.In a fun atmosphere, students learn about engineering, science and technology, and develop skills that can lead to success in careers where women are underrepresented. Activities include a robotics competition, a field trip to a manufacturing plant, and daily guest speakers.  Students learn about manufacturing processes, production control strategies, and computer aided design (CAD).

Herff Engineering Day (E-Day) is a day-long event for middle and high school students to engage in lab tours/demonstrations, hear presentations on career opportunities, and compete in a variety of team-based engineering competitions hosted by each of the engineering departments. For information on E-Day 2012 visit:

Memphis Programming Challenge is a computer programming contest for high school students in Mid-South area.  The University of Memphis Computer Science Department is a co-organizer.

North American Computational Linguistics Olympiad (NACLO) is an annual competition sponsored locally by the Computer Science Department and Institute for Intelligent Systems.  NACLO is an educational competition in linguistics – the science of language. It challenges high school students to develop their own strategies for solving problems in fascinating real languages and formal symbolic systems.  Activities may include deciphering ancient scripts and deducing the logical patterns of languages such as Swahili, Hawaiian or Finite State Transducers. 

Physics Awareness Day is held each April targeting middle school and high school students.  The day consists of speakers, hands-on lab activities and lab tours, and information on career opportunities in Physics.

Project SEED enables economically disadvantaged high school students to receive a $3,000 stipend to work 8 weeks on a research project alongside undergraduates, graduate students, post-docs, and faculty (funded by the American Chemical Society).

Pre-engineering Enrichment Project (PEEP) is a summer enrichment program targeting economically disadvantaged students from East High School.

Saturday Mathematics at Memphis is a University of Memphis sponsored outreach program, with support from the National Science Foundation, aimed at junior high and high school students, their teachers, and their parents.

Summer STEM Academy Program (funded by a grant from the Tennessee Board of Regents) helps high school students envision themselves attending college and encourages them to explore opportunities in STEM. As part of the two-week residential program, students engage in project-based instruction that integrates the STEM disciplines.

TRansportation Engineering Careers (TREC) is a week-long summer program for high school boys that is designed to introduce them to transportation engineering career opportunities through hands-on active learning strategies and dynamic speakers from the local transportation engineering community. TREC is funded by the Intermodal Freight Transportation Institute (IFTI).

209 Dunn Hall
The University of Memphis
Memphis, TN 38152
Phone: (901) 678-1303

Peter K. Bridson, Ph.D.
Phone: (901) 678-4423

Associate Director
Education & Non-Profit
Judith A. Faris, Ed.D.
Phone: (901) 678-4911

Associate Director
Corporate Partnerships:
Catherine Wilson, Ed.D.
Phone: (901) 678-3418

Administrative Associate:
Erica M. Boyce
Phone: (901) 678-1303

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