K-12 Outreach

 Joanna Hohn showing students a robot
Talawanda Middle School students using robotic arms with the help of a faculty member
 Students from Robotics Summer Camp 2022 standing outside the Engineering building
 Talawanda Middle School students take a group photo with a robotic dog
 Cincinnati REC Center Outreach students surrounding a Robot Dog
 Students from the Cincinnati REC Center Outreach event sitting at a table
Students from the Cincinnati Summer Experience in lab coats experimenting

Outreach Program Overview

K-12 Outreach strives to educate and inspire a diverse group of future engineers and computer scientists through innovative thinking, problem solving, and career awareness. Our programs use real-world STEM concepts in hands-on activities to experience what it is like to be an engineer or computer scientist. We want to expose students to the idea that they can be part of innovative design solutions that improve the quality of life for individuals and communities through the use of social and technical aspects.

Girls Who Code

Female students writing code on computers

Girls Who Code is a student organization where Miami student volunteers teach 5th - 12th grade girls and boys about computer science, while emphasizing the importance of a community that supports women in technology. Our focus is primarily on web development, but also introduce more advanced topics such as virtual reality and artificial intelligence. Our goal is to close the gender gap in technology by inspiring, educating, and equipping our students with the computing skills to pursue 21st century opportunities.

This is a nationwide organization that provides a teaching environment to girls and boys and encourages them to pursue a future career in information technology. The Miami chapter hosts Saturday Sessions where these young students come to Miami’s Campus to learn a variety of programing skills.

Want to join or learn more about Girls Who Code? Contact us at cecoutreach@MiamiOH.edu


Students helping kids use a robot during kode2learn day

Kode2Learn is a student run organization where Miami student volunteers organize and run events for kids in the Oxford area that promote teamwork and problem solving through the use of computer programming. No computer science knowledge is needed; we are open to all majors.

This program was created by Miami University College of Engineering and Computing Students. Currently Kode2Learn is teaching 2nd through 5th grade students programming and problem solving in 5 elementary schools.

Want to join or learn more about Kode2Learn? Contact us at cecoutreach@MiamiOH.edu

FIRST Tech Challenge

Students and faculty members watch the First Tech Challenge robots compete

Miami University is a proud supporter and regional host site for FIRST Tech Challenge. Our regional event is Saturday, January 14th, 2023.

FIRST Tech Tournament January 2023

What is FIRST Tech Challenge?

It’s way more than building robots. FIRST Tech Challenge teams (up to 15 team members, grades 7-12) are challenged to design, build, program, and operate robots to compete in a head-to-head challenge in an alliance format.

Guided by adult coaches and mentors, students develop STEM skills and practice engineering principles, while realizing the value of hard work, innovation, and working as a team.

The robot kit is reusable from year to year and can be coded using a variety of levels of Java-based programming. Teams design and build robots, raise funds, design and market their team brand, and do community outreach to earn specific awards. Participants are eligible to apply for $80M+ in college scholarships.

Each season concludes with regional championship events and an exciting FIRST Championship.

How To Start A Team

Apply For Team Sponsorship

Campus Experience

Students and a faculty member working on a chemistry lab

Thank you for your interest in visiting the College of Engineering and Computing. We look forward to hosting you and your students!

Please note that our campus visits are a student-run initiative. We appreciate your consideration of our engineering and computing students, the rigors of their curriculum and the respect provided to them while presenting this valuable service to the community.

As such, we ONLY offer visits from 10AM-2PM on TUESDAYS.

We request one adult chaperone per 15 students. All adults present are considered chaperones who are responsible for the discipline and attentiveness of the students.

Our visits are on a first-come first-serve basis, but we will do everything we can to accommodate your request.

Schedule A Campus Visit

Once you submit your reservation, we will be in contact with you by phone or email within the next week. If you do not hear from us within that time, please call us at 513-529-4558 or email cecoutreach@MiamiOH.edu.

Request A Speaker

Student speaking at a white board in front of a group of kids

The College of Engineering and Computing speakers seek to engage audiences, cultivate curiosity in the STEM fields and inspire the next generation of engineers and computer scientists. A fun and engaging, hands-on STEM activity will go along with each presentation.

Once you submit your request, we will be in contact with you by phone or email within the next week. If you do not hear from us within that time, please call us at 513-529-4558 or email hohnj@miamioh.edu.

Programs are free of charge and allow students to learn science, engineering and computer science concepts through activities including block coding (computer programming), Marble Roller Coasters (physics and engineering design), Snap Circuits (electricity and circuit design), Gumdrop Bridges and Marshmallow Towers (civil engineering design) and Air Rockets and Ready, Set Fly (aerospace engineering design). New activities are added each year!

Request A Speaker

SWE Girl Scout Day

Girl Scouts working on projects during SWE Girl Scout Day

The Society of Women Engineers (SWE) Miami University seeks to spark girls’ interest in science during their annual Girl Scout Day. The 2023 event will be held on Saturday, April 15th.

SWE, founded in 1950, is a not-for-profit educational and service organization. SWE empowers women to succeed and advance in those aspirations and be recognized for their life-changing contributions and achievements as engineers and leaders.

Here at Miami, our SWE chapter provides members with opportunities and resources to serve our sisterhood of women engineers. We hold academic, career-oriented, service, and social events for our members.

Diversity and Inclusion

ASEE Diversity Recognition Program BadgeSolving real life problems requires contributions of people from all walks of life, areas of expertise and perspectives. As part of Miami University, we share its commitment to diversity and equity.

Miami University is committed to and fully embraces the philosophy and belief that a diverse academic community is among an institution's greatest strengths. As decades of research and experience have shown, every unit and individual on campus benefits from diversity when there is an environment where people from a wide variety of backgrounds learn from one another, share ideas, and work collaboratively to ask and solve questions. This is especially important given Miami's commitment to excellence in undergraduate teaching and learning. A diverse and inclusive campus enhances the living, learning, and working environment for every student, staff, and faculty member. Together, these benefits help Miami achieve its special mission as a public institution in Ohio, educating students across the state and preparing them to be leaders in a variety of fields who are ready for the demands of the 21st century workforce. We therefore aspire to attract and retain a broadly diverse group of faculty, staff and students.


Miami University College of Engineering and Computing Parking Directions
When you arrive on campus please park in the north garage. It is connected to our CEC complex. When you drive into the garage go down to the lower level. Take the elevator up to the 1st floor and when you exit out of the elevator you will be in our building complex. Take a hard right out of the elevator and walk down the hallway. You will be passing through Garland Hall. When you get to the glass display case go slightly to the left and continue straight until you enter the Benton Hall lobby (this is the starting location for all tours).

Contact us:

Joana Hohn

Joanna Hohn
Assistant Director, Outreach

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