Fostering excellence and diversity in STEM

The Worldwide Youth in Science and Engineering program at The Grainger College of Engineering introduces talented and diverse pre-college students to active college students, and together they explore engineering and the sciences through hands-on, minds-on activities. WYSE strives to overcome opportunity gaps by providing students from underrepresented populations with opportunities to experience success and to be able to see themselves as future engineers, programmers, mathematicians, and scientists. Through collaborations with departments across campus, with corporations and foundations, and with in- and out-of-school learning partners across the state, the WYSE program offers multiple out-of-school learning opportunities for K-12 students in Illinois, the nation, and the world. 

WYSE Summer Camps Group Photo Summer 2022

Summer Programs

The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign’s Grainger College of Engineering offers a variety of summer enrichment programs for youth from near and far. Get a taste of college life while exploring various engineering fields and researching side-by-side with Illinois faculty and students.

Students in the 3-5 IMAGINE STEM Saturday Fall 2023 Workshop series putting together geometric models

Year-Round Programs

Through collaborations with departments across campus, with corporations and foundations, and with in- and out-of-school learning partners across the state, WYSE offers multiple year-round STEM learning opportunities for pre-college students, families, and educators. 

Float your boat challenge

Partnerships & Resources

 WYSE partners and collaborates with a variety of community organizations, schools, Registered Student Organizations (RSOs), and University of Illinois Faculty & Researchers to develop, implement, evaluate, and reach a diverse group of K-12 students.  Many of these collaborations result in the production of STEM resources and activities for educators and pre-college students.