Saint Louis University’s Parks College of Engineering, Aviation and Technology is a strong supporter of pre-college STEM programs and Project Lead the Way initiatives.
Our pre-college programs are designed to build interest in the fields of engineering and aviation among middle and high school students, and we are constantly adding new programs and events that showcase the field’s exciting possibilities.
Parks College’s summer academies introduce high school juniors and seniors to the latest technology and career paths in engineering, robotics and aviation.
Participants are led by Parks faculty and student mentors through hands-on activities that include taking flight in a SLU airplane, designing and building robots and off-campus field trips to meet with industry leaders.
Engineering and aviation academy participants also experience college life by living on-campus in SLU’s residence halls and exploring popular campus locations such as the Simon Recreation Center and Busch Student Center.
Learn more about the summer academies at Parks College:
High school freshmen and sophomores can explore different fields at our Introduction to Engineering Camp.
Participants hear from engineers and researchers currently working in the field, take off-campus field trips to engineering sites, compete in hands-on innovation challenges and explore Saint Louis University.
These free five-day sessions will introduce high school students entering grades 10 through 12 to careers in transportation, aviation, engineering, science or technology. Students learn about land, air and water transportation in a fun and inspiring environment.
The program curriculum consists of class lectures, hands-on activities and design competitions, as well as lectures by guest speakers and field trips to transportation facilities. Participants have the opportunity to meet with professors, graduate students and industry experts.
The Saint Louis University Building Engineering Awareness in Metro St. Louis Schools — or Billiken BEAMS — event is a group-based competition open to local high-school students. Teams are challenged to design, construct and test an efficient road bridge out of balsa wood.
The competition aims to motivate students to pursue engineering careers in order to promote a diverse and strong engineering workforce.