Outreach at the Norm Asbjornson College of Engineering
Each year in late January, College of Engineering organizes the FIRST Lego League robotics competition, in which students grades 4-8 from across Montana program robots assembled from Lego kits. MSU also hosts the FIRST Tech Challenge, in which teams from Montana and surrounding states compete using more sophisticated robots that they have designed and built. Many participants end up coming to MSU to study engineering.
Each year during National Engineers Week in February, sixth-graders from Chief Joseph Middle School or Sacajawea Middle School in Bozeman spend a day at MSU participating in hands-on engineering activities led by MSU students involved in engineering organizations. College of Engineering students explain the engineering principles involved in making ice cream, designing and constructing a model oil pipeline and bridge, and programming a robot, among other things!
Also during National Engineers Week in February, high school students from Bozeman and the surrounding area who are interested in engineering or computer science are paired up with an MSU College of Engineering major to get a taste of life as a COE student. They attend classes and tour cutting-edge research labs for a day.
This annual event convenes hundreds of MSU engineering students, faculty, alumni, and young women from the region who are interested in studying engineering. A networking session offers MSU students an opportunity to connect with recruiters and others. The dinner and keynote speaker are a celebration of the supportive community that MSU's College of Engineering provides through its Women in Engineering program.
EMPower promotes the success of underrepresented minorities and women in engineering and other fields of STEM (science, technology, engineering, mathematics). EMPower organizes the Montana Apprenticeship Program, a six-week, summer program to increase the number of Native American and other underrepresented and "first-generation" STEM students. MAP provides Montana students entering their junior and senior years of high school their first taste of MSU college life and assists preparing for majoring in STEM in college.
The Women in Engineering program is for the benefit of all women in the College of Engineering. The goal of the program is to create a welcoming community of successful women engineers and computer scientists by providing networking, leadership, personal and professional development opportunities, and encourage fun along the way. WIE hosts the annual dinner and other outreach activities throughout the year.
Engineering Ambassadors promote the College of Engineering to prospective students and their families, inspiring young people to pursue careers and opportunities in engineering by educating high school students about engineering and what engineers do, and provide a voice for students in the College of Engineering.
Student clubs and organizations
Many student clubs and organizations organized at the department level host outreach events, as well as compete in tournaments and participate in a range of activities.