The College of Engineering is a local leader in providing STEM mentors and role models to youth.
Notably, the College is leading a citywide effort to engage STEM professionals in working with youth-serving organizations and schools to mentor area youth. Wichita is a national winner of the US2020 City Competition, one of 7 cities chosen out of 52 applicants nationwide to bolster STEM mentorship for underrepresented students. Wichita's partnership -- called STEMpact2020 -- includes 30 members, including STEM employers, mentoring organizations, schools, nonprofits and government representatives.
Engineering students regularly mentor elementary and middle school students as part of the College's Service Learning course. These students meet regularly over lunch with students at Brooks Middle School through the Airbus Flying Challenge, assist science classes at Mueller Elementary Aerospace Magnet, and help coach LEGO Mindstorm teams.
In addition, several WSU student organizations have mentoring projects: the National Society of Black Engineers regularly meets with youth at Coleman Middle School; the Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers sponsors a high school chapter at North High, and the WSU Society of Women Engineers sponsors an annual Mother-Daughter Day, where women encourage girls to study STEM subjects.
WSU students interested in mentoring can learn about opportunities by contacting STEMpact2020 and can receive training through Success in the Middle, a local middle school mentoring advocacy organization.