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:

  • 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.
  • NC Project Lead the Way logoProject Lead the Way Forging New Generations of Engineers - Project Lead The Way is the nation's leading provider of science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) programs. Through world-class K-12 curriculum, high-quality teacher professional development, and outstanding partnerships, PLTW is helping students develop the skills needed to succeed in the global economy.
  • 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.

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.

Helpful Contacts

Want to get started? If you are interested in participating in a service learning or outreach program, access the web site for that particular program. You can also contact our faculty members: 

Fred Boadu, Associate Professor
Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering
Duke Engage

Laurence Bohs, Lecturer
Department of Biomedical Engineering
BME courses

Kevin Caves, Clinical Associate
Duke Surgery-Speech & Hearing
BME courses

Rachel Cogburn, Affiliate Director
Project Lead the Way

Linda Franzoni, Professor of Practice, Associate Dean
Department of Mechanical Engineering and Materials Science

Richard Goldberg, Adjunct Assistant Professor
Department of Biomedical Engineering
BME courses

Eric Mlyn, Director
Duke Engage Program

Bob Malkin, Professor of Practice
Department of Biomedical Engineering
Engineering World Health, BME Courses

David Malone, Associate Prof of the Practice
Duke Education Program
Service Learning Tutoring, Outreach

Jan Riggsbee, Associate Prof of the Practice 
Duke Education Program
Service Learning Tutoring, Outreach 

David Schaad, Ph.D.
Departmental of Civil and Environmental Engineering
Duke Engineers for International Development, Duke Engage