Full STEAM Ahead (October): The IDEA Student Center, The National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE), and the North San Diego County Jack and Jill Foundation hosts a full day program for underrepresented 3rd-12 grade students to be exposed to a range of fun and engaging learning activities related to engineering and technology. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, in 2014, African-Americans represented only 5.5% of the country's engineering workforce. Our commitment is to increase the number of all historically underrepresented students in the field of S.T.E.A.M (Science-Technology-Engineering-Art-Mathematics), especially African American students and expose African American students and their parents/families to UC San Diego and the overall process of pursuing higher education. For more info contact Michelle Ferrez at mferrez@ucsd.edu.

Enspire (February): Is designed to introduce approximately 400+ middle school students to university-level engineering, via lab tours and a variety of hands-on projects. This event is hosted by the Triton Engineering Student Council (TESC).

The San Diego Science and Engineering Festival (March): This event features a week of interactive demonstrations, hands-on activities, and dynamic speakers to engage kids and families in science and engineering. The IDEA Student Center and the Jacobs School community (faculty & students) engage students in hands-on demos on Expo Day at Petco Park on the last Saturday of the Festival.

Engineering Overnight Program (April 2016): The IDEA Student Center, in partnership with the Student-Initiated Access Programs and Services, Black Resource Center, Black Student Union, and the Raza Resource Centro, coordinates the Overnight Program, which is part of the campus-wide effort to increase the yield rates of diverse, low-income and 1st generation students to UC San Diego. This free 3-day, 2-night program provides high school seniors who have been admitted to UC San Diego an opportunity to experience the university environment and campus life at UC San Diego, network with fellow participants and current college students, and learn about campus resources. The IDEA Center hosts 80 high school students who have been admitted into Engineering majors, who are paired up with current UC San Diego engineering undergraduates, who serve as their host and mentor throughout the duration of the program. The Engineering Overnight Program provides a great opportunity for these students who have been admitted to the Jacobs School of Engineering to meet and network with engineering faculty, students and staff, and learn about the engineering resources and services that awaits them at UC San Diego.

Breakfast with the Deans - Admitted Freshmen (April 2016): SHPE, NSBE and SWE hosts a breakfast for incoming Jacobs School freshmen from underrepresented backgrounds. These students and their families have the opportunity to meet with the Deans, faculty, staff and students. For more info contact idea@soe.ucsd.edu.

Empower HS Conference (April 2016): This conference is hosted annually by the UC San Diego chapter of the Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers (SHPE) and involves tours, presentations, guest speakers and a social hour/lunch to introduce and excite high school students about the field of engineering and the Jacobs School of Engineering. For more info contact Itzel Gomez at shpeucsd.outreach@gmail.com.

Breakfast with the Deans - Admitted Transfer Students (May 2016): SHPE, NSBE and SWE hosts a breakfast for incoming Jacobs School transfer students from underrepresented backgrounds. These students and their families have the opportunity to meet with the Deans, faculty, staff and students. For more info contact idea@soe.ucsd.edu.

Envision HS Conference (May 2016): This conference is a fun-filled day to inspire and encourage approximately 200+ high school girls to pursue post-education in the field of engineering. This event is hosted annually by UC San Diego chapter of the Society of Women Engineers (SWE). For more info contact Lucero Lopez at lul025@ucsd.edu.

Seismic Outreach Program (September-May): Seismic Outreach is an annual program that gives the opportunity for UCSD students from all majors to reach out to local San Diego 6th grade classes through volunteering and the opportunity for younger students to learn about earthquake science and engineering. The main objective of Seismic Outreach is to develop these kids, being our next generation, into more effective communicators and more engaged citizens, and perhaps inspire them to choose engineering careers in the future.

ENLACE (June-August 2016): The ENLACE bi-national summer high school research program at UC San Diego aims to encourage the participation of high school students in research in the sciences and engineering, while promoting cross-border friendships in the Tijuana/San Diego region. ENLACE is a 7-week residential program for students that are between their junior and senior years of high school (entre cuarto y quinto semestre de bachillerato) in the UC San Diego campus from which students depart with outstanding technical abilities and the soft skills needed to excel in the sciences and engineering.

COSMOS (July-August 2016): The California State Summer School for Mathematics and Science (COSMOS) is a four-week residential summer program open to current 8th-12th motivated high school students with demonstrated interest and achievement in math and science. Located on four University of California campuses (Davis, Irvine, San Diego and Santa Cruz), each campus offers different cluster topics and residential experiences. High achieving students from California, as well as out-of-state and international students are invited to apply to this unique summer opportunity. For more info e-mail Maysoon Dong at cosmos@ucsd.edu.