Outreach Programs


Trisheena Kills Pretty Enemy in lab

Empower promotes the success of underrepresented minorities in engineering and other fields of science and technology with a student center, the Bridges to the Baccalaureate summer program and more.

Women in Engineering

woman engineer in the lab

Women in Enginering creates a welcoming community of successful women engineers and computer scientists by providing networking, leadership and personal and professional development opportunities.


professor stands by k-12 teacher pedalling stationary bicycle as demonstration of generating electricity
Through workshops and other resources, TEAMS (Teaching Engineering Applications in Math and Science) helps Montana teachers enhance their math and science curricula by incorporating engineering lessons.

Annual K-12 Events

FIRST Robotics

robotics competition

With three different events covering grades K-12, FIRST Lego League and FIRST Tech Challenge engage Montana's youth with problem solving, collaboration, design and positive competition.



Engineer-a-thon brings local middle school students to MSU for a day of hands-on learning from members of the college's engineering clubs and organizations.

Shadow an Engineer

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Shadow an Engineer provides high school students an opportunity to tag along with MSU engineering students for a day to get a sense of university life and the engineering curriculum.

Biomechanics Day

Photo of students learning about motion analysis in a lab

A day when 6th graders come and see how MSU researchers study the movements of the human body etc.

Choose your own Adventure

Besides our annual K-12 events, we offer the opportunity for K-12 students to visit MSU and interact with our undergraduates to see first-hand how research happens, get a taste of university life, participate in hands-on STEM activities and engage with role models in engineering and computer science.

Thank you to our sponsor Halliburton for making classroom visits possible and providing supplies to teachers

New! At home activities with interactive videos and worksheets


Video Activities-At Home or in the Classroom

Select from a variety topic and learn about what engineers learn at MSU and how they are making the world a better place

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Computer Aided Design (CAD)

Students visit MSU and learn about Computer Aided Design and 3D printing. With an introduction to TinkerCAD, they create an object that will be printed and they can take home. The day can be extended to include tours of engineering labs based on time availability of the class. 

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Civil Engineering Tour

Touring through different spaces in the Civil Engineering department, students learn about earthquakes, water filtration, structures and snow!

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Virtual Reality and Mental Health

Schedule an online or face-to-face workshop and explore how engineers and computer scientists are developing virtual reality experiences for improving human and robot interactions. Topics will include: technology to aid children deal with pain and anxiety and holograms to help those with addiction

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Senior Capstone Projects

Each semester,engineering and computer science undergrads in their senior year complete capstone projects by working in teams to solve a design challenge presented by local businesses, faculty members or engineering organizations.

Manufacturing Extension

The Montana Manufacturing Extension Center is a statewide manufacturing outreach center that helps manufacturers succeed by assessing their operations and providing solutions to help them grow, innovate and enhance their businesses.

Student Ambassadors


Undergraduate student ambassadors are involved in several events including daily tours, Expanding Your Horizons and Engineer-a-thon, and also represent students at various forums and with the Engineering Advisory Council.


Graduate student ambassadors organize the annual Three Minute Thesis event, promote the college to prospective graduate students, and represent grad students at various forums and with the Engineering Advisory Council.

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