A Commitment to STEM Outreach

Villanova University’s College of Engineering is dedicated to STEM outreach programs that encourage the next generation of diverse engineers.

Villanova’s College of Engineering has dedicated itself to STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) education outreach to middle- and high-school students. In fact, with eight active programs, the College has one of the most dynamic STEM outreach initiatives in the country.

The objective of STEM outreach opportunities is two-fold:

  1. Provide Villanova Engineering students with an opportunity to step outside the classroom, put newly learned skills to work, and contribute to the community
  2. Boost middle and high school students’ interest in these fields, and help us reach the next generation of engineers

The College’s commitment to STEM outreach takes many forms, from facilitation of national programs on the Villanova campus to local programs that originate from the creativity of our students and faculty.

National STEM programs and events:

  • In partnership with the School District of Philadelphia, Villanova hosts a FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) Tech Challenge, an annual robotics competition.
  •  Villanova’s Department of Mechanical Engineering organizes one of the regional MATE (Marine Advanced Technology Education) competitions, which involves underwater robotics. To learn more about Villanova’s involvement in MATE, contact James O’Brien, Assistant Professor, Mechanical Engineering.
  • Villanova’s Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering participates in Introduce a Girl to Engineering Day with a local, all-girls school.

Villanova STEM programs:

  • NovaCANE (Villanova Community Action by New Engineers) volunteers visit area middle schools where they conduct hands-on engineering projects with students and provide teacher education.
  • VESTED (Villanova Engineering, Science, and Technology Enrichment and Development) brings Philadelphia-area high school students to campus over seven weekends for engineering experiences, college preparation classes, team-building opportunities and discussions with industry leaders.
  • Engineering Is for Girls! brings local Girl Scout troops and school students in grades 4 to 8 to campus for a full day of hands-on, mechanical engineering projects. To learn more, contact Dr. Ani Ural, Associate Professor, Mechanical Engineering.
  • NovaEdge Diversity in Engineering is a one-week, on campus program to introduce students from different ethnic and social backgrounds to the traditional fields of engineering. The program also includes a presentation on the college admissions process.
  • HE2ARTS (Health Education and Enrichment in Arithmetic, Technology and Science) is a collaborative program that assists Catholic middle schools in the central Brooklyn region in New York City with the enrichment of existing science and math curricula. To learn more, contact Dr. Rosalind Wynne, Associate Professor, Electrical and Computer Engineering.

For More Information

To learn more about the College’s STEM outreach programs, contact Dr. Stephen Jones, Associate Dean for Student and Strategic Programs at 610-519-5439 or S.Jones@villanova.edu