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
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.
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.
Spring Semester Events
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.
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. 2022's event was hosted via webinar on Friday, Febuary 25th.
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.
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: