Community Involvement

William States Lee College of Engineering takes pride in our engineering outreach efforts which seek to promote engineering awareness, education and engagement in the K-12 student population of the Charlotte community. The Engineering Outreach program focuses on connecting W.S. Lee College of Engineering faculty, staff and students to the community through professional development, school visits and on-campus events which mutually benefit the college and the community. Outreach efforts happen year round both on and off campus. 

On-campus events include our Mini Carolinas Conference, a high school engineering competition; field trips to tour the engineering department; open houses; and K-12 engineering community events such as Discover Engineering. Off-campus events include lessons in classrooms, STEM nights, college and career fairs, and partnerships with various youth organizations. On occasion, the engineering department supports STEM-oriented organizations such as the Pinewood Derby or MathCounts competitions. 

To engage in our various outreach efforts, please check back regularly for upcoming events or reach out to Kelly Anderson at to connect your K-12 student population. 

Come Engineering with us!

We are excited to have a variety of engineering stations available at the upcoming STEAM EXPO, part of the NC Science Festival! Bring the whole family for this free on-campus event on Sunday, April 14, from 11:00 am until 4:00 pm. Be sure to stop by some of the following Engineering tables!

  • Think like an Engineer (Engineering Outreach)
  • Seeing Sound Through Fire (Engineering Technology & Construction Management)
  • Exploration of Engineering Technology (Engineering Technology & Construction Management)
  • litteBits Circuits (Electrical & Computer Engineering)
  • Systems Engineering Mini Missions (Industrial & Systems Engineering)

Summer Programming

The ever-popular engineering summer camps are back! The following camps, hosted by Camps on Campus, are coordinated by or taught by College of Engineering Faculty and Staff. To sign up your Future Niner, use the link below!

  • June 10-14: Engaging Engineering (Mrs. Kelly Anderson, Outreach), Robotics 301 (Dr. Conrad/Dr. Shue, Computer and Electrical Engineering )
  • June 17-21: LEGO Robotics (Dr. Conrad/Dr. Shue, Computer and Electrical Engineering )
  • June 24- 28: RC Car (Dr. Amir Ghasemi, BATT CAVE), LEGO Robotics (Dr. Conrad/Dr. Shue, Computer and Electrical Engineering)
  • July 8-12: Robotics 201 (Dr. Conrad/Dr. Shue, Computer and Electrical Engineering), Pre-College Engineers (Dr. Dietz, Engineering Technology and Computer Management), Early Engineers (Dr. Bombik, BATT CAVE)
  • July 22-26: Robotics 201– 2 cohorts (Dr. Conrad/Dr. Shue, Computer and Electrical Engineering)
  • July 29- August 2:  Robotics 302 (Dr. Conrad/Dr. Shue, Computer and Electrical Engineering)
  • August 5-9: LEGO Robotics (Dr. Conrad/Dr. Shue, Computer and Electrical Engineering)

Want a Niner Engineer to visit your classroom?

Teachers, do you want to give your middle or high school students an engaging, STEM-focused learning experience? Our Student Ambassadors can visit your classroom and provide age-appropriate information about STEM, as well as a fun activity that will help engineering come alive for your students. Reservations required.