K-12 Outreach

At the kindergarten-12th grade level, our programs are designed to create positive, hands-on learning environments for students and are designed to inspire kids to pursue careers in engineering and science.

Inspiring Tomorrow's Engineers

Opportunities at the K-12 grade level, and opportunities for Pratt undergraduates to participate in K-12 outreach:

  • Boeing Grand Challenges K-12 Outreach Fellows Program - A partnership between Pratt School of Engineering and Boeing, this program is designed to increase the number of younger students who are interested in and prepared for college-level engineering and science classes. Duke engineering students selected as Boeing Fellows interact with teachers and students in Durham and Orange county elementary, middle and high schools, bringing activities to K-12 students that inform and engage them in making the world a better place through projects on health, sustainability, security and joy of living. They bring these Grand Challenges to the K-12 population through hands-on, mind-engaging learning activities in many venues, including the classroom, in afterschool, club and organization settings, and during on-campus visits and activities. All of these activities are mapped and correlated to the existing common core math and essential science standards of North Carolina.
  • TechXcite - TechXcite, a national engineering after-school program sponsored by the National Science Foundation, is a partnership between the Duke Pratt School of Engineering, National and North Carolina 4-H, and the National Science & Technology Education Partnership
  • MUSIC (Math Understanding through Science Integrated with Curriculum)- MUSIC is a curriculum enhancement program funded by the National Science Foundation that focuses on the integration of engineering problem solving with the standard course of study. MUSIC places graduate and undergraduate Teaching Fellows from the Pratt School of Engineering and the Duke University Marine Lab in elementary and middle schools across NC. The Teaching Fellows spend 10 hours per week at their partnership school assisting teachers with the creation and delivery of hands-on activities that provide meaningful contexts in which children apply math and science concepts.

Pratt engineering faculty and students also contribute to Youth Programs through the Duke Continuing Education program.

Grand Challenge K-12 Partners Program

Addressing the 14 Grand Challenges which the National Academy of Engineering has identified for the 21st century will require the awareness, commitment, and involvement of many areas of society. To develop the scientific and technological expertise and workforce to address these challenges, we must reach and impact not only the university level, but also the K-12 level--students, teachers, administrators, and curriculum. Solving these Grand Challenges requires us to develop leaders, technological experts and workers, and an informed workforce and populace, both within and outside of engineering. To achieve this, our goal is to address the Grand Challenges at the K-12 level. Learn More.

Teaching the Teachers

Impacting science and engineering teaching and curriculum at the K-12th grade level.

TASC (Teachers and Scientists Collaborating) - TASC's purpose is to provide North Carolina K-8 students with opportunities to learn to think as scientists: critically, creatively, and independently. TASC supports teachers shift toward inquiry-based science teaching, an effective tool for helping all students learn.