Outreach Events & Camps

The Seymour and Esther Padnos College of Engineering and Computing is committed to community outreach to introduce the community to the fields of engineering and computing. Several outreach programs have been created to serve this purpose. Please view our outreach efforts below.

For additional outreach information, please contact us at 616.331.6025, or email us at pcec@gvsu.edu.

University Events:

Math Counts

MATHCOUNTS Competition Series:  GVSU PCEC annually hosts the chapter competition for the Western Michigan Chapter.  PCEC also awards one $500 scholarship to the individual champion if he/she comes to GVSU to study a STEM field.

According to their webpage, MATHCOUNTS is an organization that strives to engage middle school students of all ability and interest levels in fun, challenging math programs, in order to expand their academic and professional opportunities. Middle school students exist at a critical juncture in which their love for mathematics must be nurtured, or their fear of mathematics must be overcome. MATHCOUNTS provides students with the kinds of experiences that foster growth and transcend fear to lay a foundation for future success.  

For more information visit: www.mathcounts.org & www.nspe.org

FIRST Robotics Competition:  GVSU supports and participates in various FIRST activities. GSVU supports a couple different FIRST events throughout the year including a Mock Kick-off, a West Michigan Robotics Invitational, the official kick-off in January of each year, and the Quick Build.  Some faculty and staff serve as mentors and coaches for the FIRST Tech Challenge (FTC) and for FIRST Robotics Challenge (FRC). 

There are four different K-12 programs in FIRST.  Each are targeted to different age groups and employ different technologies, team strategies, and challenges. 

In March of each year, the Allendale Campus hosts the West Michigan FIRST Robotics District Competition

For more information, visit: www.firstinspires.org



Science Technology & Engineering Preview Summer (STEPS) Camp for Girls is a day-camp preview of science, engineering and technology for young ladies between the 6th and 7th grades.  The theme of airplane flight is utilized to integrate technical classes and recreational activities, all the while encouraging social development and personal growth.  The girls, in teams of roughly ten, each manufacture and assemble a radio controlled airplane with the assistance of teachers, counselors and volunteers.  By the end of the week, the girls fly their airplanes at a sanctioned fly field, with the help of certified pilots.  Throughout the week, the girls learn theory of flight, utilize manufacturing equipment and tools, and ultimately learn a lot more about their own personal capabilities and potential.

For more information visit the STEPS homepage


Get with the Program

Get With the Program:  Get With the Program is an annual programming and robotics camp for girls that is hosted by Profs Ana Posada and Teresa Peterman at GVSU’s School of Computing and Information Systems.  Campers get exposure to the programming and engineering principles required to build and program an autonomous robot using LEGO Mindstorms NXT.

This is a team-oriented, hands-on guided exploration that will enable campers to sharpen their problem solving skills and gain insight into the challenges of project design, development, testing and deployment.

In addition to LEGO Mindstorms, campers will also be introduced to programming 3D worlds using the Alice programming environment and building robot kits that they will be able to take home with them at the conclusion of the camp.

For more information visit: www.cis.gvsu.edu/get-with-the-program


Electric Car Workshop: Electric Car Workshop is held annually in the Fall.  The workshop is an event developed for local high school and tech center electric car clubs.  These clubs build and refine electric cars to race at a racetrack in the spring of each year.  The topic changes each year and is mainly determined by the clubs, students and mentors.  Because of the range of topics, the workshop tends to change delivery and format.  Sometimes the content is best suited for design, test, and build.  And sometimes lecture and computer simulation is the best approach.   

For more information visit: www.necaracing.com

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