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Parks Pre-College Programs

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.

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Fall Semester Events

Parks Weekly Webinar Series 

Throughout the Fall 2020 semester, high school students from around the country joined us for a look at Parks College’s engineering and aviation programs, the research being conducted by our programs, and information about being a Parks College student through a webinar series.  

Watch the recorded Fall 2020 Webinar Series lab visits

Girls in Aviation Day

In partnership with Women in Aviation International, Parks College hosts an annual event at our hangar in Cahokia, IL to connect high school students with careers and opportunities that await them in aviation. In 2020, SLU hosted a virtual webinar of career exploration sessions, a young women in aviation panel, keynote addresses, and a virtual discovery flight.  SLU is hosting virtual visits with high school classes to celebrate Girls in Aviation Week 2021, September 27 - October 1.  

Learn more about Girls in Aviation Week 2021 

Watch the recorded Virtual Girls in Aviation Day 2020 sessions

Learn more about Women in Aviation at SLU

 

Spring Semester Events

Billiken BEAMS
 

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.

Learn more about Billiken BEAMS

Introduce a Girl to Engineering Day

Hosted during Engineers Week each February, Introduce a Girl to Engineering Day includes lab visits with SLU faculty and facilities, hands on activities, and opportunities to meet with current female engineering students. 2021's event will be hosted via webinar on Thursday, February 25th from 10:00 am - 12:00 pm Central Time.

Watch the recorded 2021 Virtual Introduce a Girl to Engineering Day

Learn more about National Engineers Week at Parks

Parks Weekly Webinar Series

Throughout the Spring 2021 semester, high school students from around the country joined us for a look at Parks College’s engineering and aviation programs, the research being conducted by our programs, and information about being a Parks College student.  

Watch the recorded Spring 2021 Webinar Series lab visits


Summer Programs

Parks College’s summer programs introduce high school students 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.

Learn more about the summer programs at Parks College: