The FAMU-FSU College of Engineering is committed to fostering an interest in the engineering field through a number of outreach programs geared to high school students and high school educators.
The Engineering Concepts Institute (ECI) is an intensive six (6) week summer program of study for high school graduates who have applied and been accepted into the College of Engineering at either Florida A&M University or The Florida State University for a portion of the summer. The ECI goal is to prepare high school graduates (ECI Scholars) for successful completion of the first-year of college in a manner which will provide them with a solid foundation for the successful completion of an engineering degree program.
The MATHCOUNTS Competition is a national middle school coaching and competitive mathematics program that promotes mathematics achievement through a series of fun and engaging "bee" style contests. The program exists in all 50 states plus U.S. territories and the Department of Defense and State Department schools and is supported by the National Society of Professional Engineers at the state and local levels. Public, private, religious and home schools alike are eligible to participate, as long as students are in the sixth, seventh and/or eighth grade. The Florida Engineering Society (FES) Big Bend Chapter sponsors the Tallahassee MATHCOUNTS competition each year held at the FAMU-FSU College of Engineering at Innovation Park.
Each spring the College of Engineering is host to the Test of Engineering Aptitude Mathematics and Science (TEAMS) competition. TEAMS is a unique and challenging academic competition dedicated to providing real-world engineering and problem-solving experience to high school students. The TEAMS competition is a one-day event where students answer questions that represent college freshman-level engineering coursework and team members use their knowledge of math, chemistry, physics, biology, and computer applications The competition is administered by Junior Engineering Technical Society (JETS).
Challenger Learning Center
The College operates a Challenger Learning Center, located in downtown Tallahassee, as its K-12 outreach. The Center uses aerospace as a theme to foster long-term interest in science, technology, engineering and math; create positive learning experiences; and motivate students to pursue higher education and careers in these fields. To accomplish this mission, the Challenger Learning Center features a state-of-the-art Space Mission Simulator, IMAX® theatre and domed high-definition planetarium to create a holistic educational and entertaining experience.
For more information about any of these programs, contact the Office of the Associate Dean for Student Affairs and Curriculum at (850) 410-6423.