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Educational Outreach

As part of our efforts to encourage the young learners of today to become the skilled work force of tomorrow, the Emerson Center for Engineering and Manufacturing hosts several annual events and activities, including:

  • FIRST LEGO League & FTC Competition -- two-day competition that showcases more than 450 elementary, middle and high school students from St. Louis and seven surrounding states. The event is sponsored by For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology (FIRST). In the LEGO League competition, teams of 9-to 14-year-olds design, build and program robots using LEGO MIND STORM technology. The FIRST Tech Challenge (FTC) is a mid-level robotics competition for high school-aged students.
  • Project Lead the Way -- The Emerson Center is the local sponsor of PLTW, a national not-for-profit organization. The hands-on, project and problem-based curriculum adds rigor and relevance to high school technical programs. PLTW coursework is eligible for articulated credit in related Engineering & Technology Department programs. The center offers professional development workshops for area high school and middle school PTLW teachers.
  • PLTW Competition -- We plan and host an annual PLTW competition on our campus. Upon arrival, teams of area high schools students are given an engineering problem and must create, design and build a solution during the morning. After lunch, they demonstrate their solution. Awards are given for teamwork, design and overall performance.
  • Girl Scouts Technology Camp- weeklong Girl Scout Technology Camp where 50 girls are introduced to engineering, manufacturing and science technologies through fun, age-appropriate activities. The camp is supported by the Girls Scouts, the Society of Manufacturing Engineers and the Emerson Center.
  • TEAMS Competition -- one-day, two-part national competition challenging high school students in grades 9-12 to work together to apply knowledge learned in the classroom to real-world engineering scenarios.

We also support K-12 schools by attending career fairs, STEM awareness events and hosting tours of our facilities or coordinating campus-sponsored visits that incorporate a variety of hands on activities across STEM and Career & Technical Education areas.

Emerson Center partners with secondary schools and universities to provide seamless, non-duplicated educational programs from high school through baccalaureate programs, including:

  • Engineering science transfer degree program: Our students transfer to engineering bachelor degree programs at Missouri S & T, SIU-E, the joint UMSL/Washington University program and others.
  • Engineering Technology completion programs: We work with colleges and universities that offer engineering technology degrees to facilitate baccalaureate degree completion. More information is available at Southeast Missouri State University’s online B.S. in Technology Management.
  • The Emerson Center for Engineering and Manufacturing coordinates the delivery of college credit courses for an innovative airframe & power plant (A&P) mechanic program. This FAA certified program is offered at Gateway STEM High School under a cooperative effort by the Engineering & Technology Department, the STLCC Workforce Solutions Group and the St. Louis Public Schools (SLPS). More information on the Aviation Maintenance Airframe and Power Plant Certificates of Proficiency can be found here. View more information about this partnership with SLPS.