Carnegie Mellon University

Below is a listing of programs for high school students and parents. Programs are conducted by a variety of Carnegie Mellon Faculty and Staff. Click on each program link for contact and general information.

The Architecture Explorations program encourages Pittsburgh youth to look closely at their built environment, be open to creative expression, ask questions, think critically, and understand civic responsibility - all through the lens of architecture. Architecture Explorations is a collection of architecture-based extracurricular and academic enrichment programs for students in kindergarten through high school, offered through Carnegie Mellon's School of Architecture. Our organization partners with several Pittsburgh communities, schools, and museums to provide an array of architecture education programs. Whether you are a student, parent, counselor, teacher, or community organization, we would love to hear from you and help devise a plan to provide a program that is tailored for each appropriate age-group and organization.

Contact: Samantha Weaver
Email: scarter@andrew.cmu.edu
Phone: (412) 268-5551
Site: http://soa.cmu.edu/architecture-explorations/

The Arts Greenhouse is a hip-hop music education program for Pittsburgh teens that is affiliated with the Carnegie Mellon’s Studio for Creative Inquiry. With the help of faculty and students, as well as local hip-hop performers, teens write, compose, and then record songs in a state-of-the-art recording studio. Through the process teens develop musical and verbal skills, gain familiarity with historical and contemporary issues, and form connections that open new routes to community participation and to higher education.

Contact: Shad Henderson
Email: shadali320@gmail.com     
Phone: (412) 268-3451
Site: http://artsgreenhouse.org/

Programs are conducted annually by faculty and students in the Biology Department. Visit our site for descriptions of recent programs.

Site: http://www.cmu.edu/bio/undergrad/outreach/index.html

This program aims to show rising 10th and 11th graders what engineers do and what it is like to study engineering in college. Students will get hands-on experience using engineering software to design products and will then fabricate them in a CMU maker studio. They will also learn about different engineering disciplines through guest speakers and tours of CMU engineering labs. 

Email: engineeringworkshop@cmu.edu
Phone: (412) 952-5991
Sit
e: http://www.andrew.cmu.edu/course/24-engineeringworkshop/

The purpose of CS 101 is to educate and prepare disadvantaged high school sophomores and juniors for the college admission process. Students attending CS 101 must have at least a 2.3 GPA and must show a desire to attend a four-year college directly after high school graduation.

Site: http://www.cmu.edu/enrollment/admission/cs101/
Phone: (412) 268-2082   

In DECISION MAKERS, students combine strategy learning with a computer-supported self -assessment of decision making skills, personal assets and networks of support. With CMU mentors they develop a personal “Journey Book” focused identity as decision makers, goals and plans. The Journey Book works as a scaffold for progress self-assessments and formal assessment of growth in reflective decision making. DECISION MAKERS is part of the Pittsburgh Schools’ Start on Success program for learning disabled students. DECISION MAKERS scholars are admitted through the Pittsburgh Public Schools’ Start on Success and the Fox Chapel Area High School's programs for learning disabled students.

Site: http://english.cmu.edu/research/inquiry/decisionmakers/about.html
Phone:  (412) 268-2850

Students from the Allegheny Intermediate Unit participating in its Apprenticeship Program have the opportunity to explore different areas of engineering at Carnegie Mellon University, which include civil, chemical, electrical and computer, engineering and public policy, environmental, materials science, and mechanical. Students will tour labs and see the cutting-edge technology that is being developed by faculty and students, and they will also have an opportunity to engage in hands-on experiments related to the research being done on campus. 

Contact: Alicia Angemeer
Email: adbrown@andrew.cmu.edu
Site: http://apprenticeships.aiu3.net/programs?utf8=%E2%9C%93&search=&category_4=true

Each year, Women@SCS present workshops entitled "Is There A Robot In Your Future?" at the Expanding Your Horizons (EYH) conference. This is a nationally held event aimed at increasing the participation of girls and women in mathematics and science. Our teams present two sessions of workshops that have been attended by about thirty middle school girls each year. Our robotics workshops have proved to be a very successful part of EYH in Pittsburgh gaining high acclaim from participants.

Contact: Carol Frieze
Email: women@cs.cmu.edu
Phone: (412) 268-9071
Site: http://women.cs.cmu.edu/What/Outreach/Roadshow/

FIRST* Team 3504,The Girls of Steel, was founded in the fall of 2010 at Carnegie Mellon University's Field Robotics Center. Initially, the team consisted of 24 girls from 12 different schools, and 4 different educational options (homeschool, public school, cyber school, and independent school). The team welcomes applications from girls in the greater Pittsburgh area, regardless of financial status. Mentored at CMU by faculty, staff, and students, the team competes in annual regional FIRST robotics competitions, has received numerous awards, and regularly participates in community outreach events with robot demonstrations and/oractivities for children.   Read more about the team at http://www.frc.ri.cmu.edu/girlsofsteel/.

The team is running its 6th season with 60 girls from 30 different schools and offers multiple programs such as the 8th grade Junior Team Member opportunity as well as FIRST LEGO League teams for middle school students in greater Pittsburgh.  Contact The Girls of Steel at girlsofsteelrobotics@gmail.com for more information.

Mission statement:  To find success in the empowerment of girls through well-developed skills in STEM.

Mission: We, the Girls of Steel, are more than just a robotics team. Our mission goes past building a robot for competition; we work hard to give girls the skills that will last far beyond their high-school years. *For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology (FIRSTinspires.org)

Email: girlsofsteelrobotics@gmail.com 
Site: http://www.frc.ri.cmu.edu/girlsofsteel/

The Intel International Science and Engineering Fair (Intel ISEF), is the world’s largest international pre-college science competition. This event brings more than 1,600 high school competitors from 60+ countries to our city and other participating cities.

Contact: Judith Hallinen
Email: jh4p@andrew.cmu.edu
Site: http://www.societyforscience.org/isef/

Leap@CMU is a summer enrichment program run by the Carnegie Mellon University School of Computer Science. All local area high school students are encouraged to apply (and occasional middle school students). Through special classes and guest faculty seminars, students will be exposed to the frontiers of computer science. They will "leap" ahead approximately ten years. Students will have an opportunity to interact with some of the country's leading scientists, and will emerge from the program with a vivid overview of Computer Science at Carnegie Mellon. Leap@CMU has been run every summer since 1991. Leap is not for academic credit. We do not evaluate or grade the participants. We want students who want to do it for the fun of it.

Phone: (412) 268-5944
Email: leap@cs.cmu.edu
Site: http://www.cs.cmu.edu/~leap/

This olympiad is a contest in which high-school students solve linguistic puzzles. In solving the problems, students learn about the diversity and consistency of language, while exercising logic skills. No prior knowledge of linguistics or second languages is necessary. Professionals in linguistics, computational linguistics and language technologies use dozens of languages to create engaging problems that represent cutting edge issues in their fields. The competition has attracted top students to study and work in those same fields. It is truly an opportunity for young people to experience a taste of natural-language processing in the 21st century.

There is NO participation fee!

Contact: Dr. Lori Levin or Mary Jo Bensasi
Phone: (412) 268-7517
Email: lsl@cs.cmu.edu
Site: http://www.nacloweb.org or http://www.cs.cmu.edu/afs/cs/project/llab/www/naclo/ 

With a passionate interest in Outreach for the School of Drama, Natalie has developed a community based outreach course for her sophomore students, who teach distinct speech to disadvantaged children to help fifth grade students at Holy Rosary School improve speaking skills. To have a teaching tool for this work, she is working with research scientists at Cepstral, LLD to adapt vocal synthesis software. It is being tested in her outreach course The My True Voice Project. The My True Voice Project combines the teaching of pronunciation with an exploration of poetry and the use of voice synthesis software. The program is featured on the PBS program hosted by Robyn MacNeil: "Do you Speak American?"

Contact: Natalie Shirer
Email: nbaker@andrew.cmu.edu
Phone: (412) 268-5751
Site: http://www.pbs.org/speak/seatosea/standardamerican/truevoice/
This program offers high school students enrichment experience in science and math careers. The following workshops are currently being taught:
  • Turning Genes On and Off
  • Making Glow in the Dark Bacteria

Site: http://www.pjas.net/region7

PROGRESS takes a fresh approach to address the need for gender equity in society by teaching middle school aged girls (8-12 years old) how to negotiate. PROGRESS has three core objectives: develop local and national tools to teach women and girls how to harness the power of negotiation, form networks between nonprofit organizations to efficiently disseminate information about issues impacting women, and explore obstacles to and potential solutions for the advancement of women. The tendency for women to negotiate less than men is a current and persisting problem, even among young college-aged women and those in business schools today. Unless society makes changes to the way we socialize our children and change our attitudes to allow women to be more direct in asking for what they want, this problem will continue to have an adverse impact on women for decades to come.Targeted programs that seek to educate women and girls about this issue and teach them to negotiate effectively can have a very tangible impact on their well-being. Furthermore, raising awareness of a critical gender biases that create long term inequities can be instrumental in societal change.

Email: progress@andrew.cmu.edu
Phone: (412) 268-8650   
Fax: (412) 268-5338
Site: http://progress.heinz.cmu.edu

Project LISTEN (Literacy Innovation that Speech Technology Enables) is an inter-disciplinary research project at Carnegie Mellon University to develop a novel tool to improve literacy; an automated Reading Tutor that displays stories on a computer screen, and listens to children read aloud. To provide a pleasant, authentic experience in assisted reading, the Reading Tutor lets the child choose from a menu of high-interest stories from Weekly Reader and other sources including user-authored stories. The Reading Tutor adapts Carnegie Mellon's Sphinx-II speech recognizer to analyze the student's oral reading and intervenes when the reader makes mistakes, gets stuck, clicks for help, or is likely to encounter difficulty. The Reading Tutor responds with assistance modeled in part after expert reading teachers, but adapted to the capabilities and limitations of the technology. The current version runs under Windows (TM) 2000 on an ordinary Pentium (TM) with at least 128MB of memory.

Contact: Jack Mostow
Email: mostow@cs.cmu.edu
Phone: (412) 268-1330  
Site: http://www-2.cs.cmu.edu/~listen/

The Robotics Academy is committed to using robotics to excite children about science and technology and to help create a more technologically literate society. Programs include summer camps and First Lego League competitions, held in May and December each year.

Mission Statement:

  • To develop a mathematically competent and technological literate workforce;
  • To influence children to become interested in robotics and related technologies as an area of study and employment;
  • To grow future entrepreneurs and employees for the region and nation;
  • To enhance the economic development of these technologies in Southwestern Pennsylvania;
  • To develop standards-driven curriculum for middle and high school teachers;
  • To catch kids having fun experimenting with science and technology. 


Contact: Robin Shoop
Email: rshoop@cmu.edu
Phone: (412) 681-7160  
Site: http://www.education.rec.ri.cmu.edu/index.htm

The Robotics Education Lab is a central resource to support courses and individual projects. Equipment includes manipulators, mobile robots, electronics & mechanical fabrication benches, Lego, a video editing workstation, machine vision systems and more.

Anyone affiliated with CMU and interested in robotics is welcome. Stop by and see what the lab has to offer. Lab address: Newell-Simon Hall 3206 x8-5561.

Contact: Greg Armstrong
Email: roboman@andrew.cmu.edu
Phone: (412) 268-2007
Site: http://www.cs.cmu.edu/~rel/

SPARK Saturdays is a Saturday workshop series created by volunteers studying Electrical and Computer Engineering at Carnegie Mellon University that aims to introduce beginners to concepts about electrical and computer engineering and expose them to engineering as a potential career choice.  Topics include, but are not limited to, Mechanical Logic, Programming, Smart Light, and Radio Building. 

Site: http://eceoutreach.ece.cmu.edu/index.html 

SUCCEED is a 5-day program for rising 10th graders that is designed to complement what students have studied in school and provide you with opportunities to expand your understanding of energy, the environment, and how those relate to climate change. At the end of the program, the student will be able to answer a variety of question related to these topics, such as: What is climate change? What is the role of engineering to solve the climate change challenge? Where & how is your electricity generated? What careers could you have in climate, energy, or the environment? The program includes a variety of experiments, field trips and activities organized by PhD students from Carnegie Mellon University.

Contact: Steve Gradeck
Phone: (412) 268-6657
Site: http://cedmcenter.org/succeed/2015-succeed-program/

The Summer Engineering Experience (SEE) is a two-week summer experience for girls entering the 8th and 9th grades who are interested in math and science. SEE gives girls hands-on experience in different forms of engineering. The theme of SEE is "Energy," and girls have an opportunity to learn about different forms of energy that are efficient and environmentally friendly. They explore forms of energy that interest them and learn how they can make a difference through engineering.

Contact: Alicia Angemeer
Email: adbrown@andrew.cmu.edu
Phone: (412) 268-5227
Site: http://www.cmu.edu/ices/outreach/see/

The Summer Academy for Math and Science, administered by the Carnegie Mellon Advising Resource Center (CMARC), is designed to enhance the academic preparation of ethnic minority students and other underrepresented populations in STEM fields.

The program is a six-week, rigorous residential experience for rising high school seniors who have a strong interest in computer science, engineering and/or natural science.  The curriculum focuses on assisting students in developing mastery and execution of critical concepts in higher-level, collegiate math, computer programming, and science. In addition, students will benefit from SAT/ACT standardized test preparation and will participate in one six-week hands on project. The projects are designed to expose and engage them to the wonder and excitement of problem solving and innovation. Project outcomes will be showcased to the campus community during the program’s closing symposium.

The program represents Carnegie Mellon’s commitment to expanding and diversifying the national STEM pipeline. As a result the university assumes the cost of tuition, room and board for all participants.

Contact: Ty Walton
Phone: (412) 268-2082   
Site: http://admission.enrollment.cmu.edu/pages/diversity-sams 

High School Day is an annual event in which approximately 250 Pittsburgh high school girls are invited to CMU’s campus. It is one of our largest outreach events and collaborates with CMU professors and students from various campus organizations. The girls are able to participate in activities related to electrical, mechanical, civil, biomedical, material science, and chemical engineering. The event aims to help young girls get a better idea of what engineering entails and offers them guidance and advice for pursuing engineering. At the same time, it allows CMU students and faculty to share their knowledge and passion for engineering and inspire young women. The event has been a great success in the past and continues to grow. Each year, we have had more and more students participate in the event and we expect the trend to continue for next year.

SWE 
hosts
 about
 100 
middle school girls from 
surrounding Pittsburgh
 schools and Girl Scouts every spring. Attendees
 are
 given
 an 
opportunity
 to
 learn 
about 
math, science, and engineering at CMU and in general through
 various
 fun
 activities. This 
event 
helps our collegiate section 
meet 
national 
and
 local 
goals 
by 
growing
 the
 engineering 
profession
 through outreach. Middle 
School Day
 is
 also 
a 
rich 
opportunity
 for 
the campus 
to 
recruit
 females
 for
 STEM
 degree 
programs, which
 would
 potentially
 contribute
 to
 CIT’s
 diversity
 in 
the 
future. Finally, CMU 
SWE members are 
given 
an opportunity
 to share
 their knowledge with young
 girls and inspire passion about 
engineering in them. Accomplishing these goals is 
very fulfilling 
for SWE members and further encourages them to pursue their personal
 and
 career goals.

Contact: Dr. Nisha Shukla
Email: nisha@andrew.cmu.edu or cmuswe@andrew.cmu.edu 
Phone: (412) 268-4827
Site: https://cmuswe.org/calendar 

Office of Admission, Warner Hall 2nd Floor

The Pre-College Programs are designed to preview an actual college experience. Our programs afford high school students many opportunities for personal growth and development within a university setting. A wide range of social, cultural, and recreational activities are planned by a staff of resident counselors to fully integrate the students’ lives on campus and in Pittsburgh. Movies, dances, museum and gallery visits, field excursions or attendance at professional theater productions, concerts, and Pittsburgh Pirates games are just a few of the sponsored activities.

Address: Pre-College Programs
Office of Admissions
Carnegie Mellon University
5000 Forbes Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15213-3890
Phone: (412) 268-2082
FAX: (412) 268-7838
Site: http://admission.enrollment.cmu.edu/pages/pre-college/

This is a presentation by a group of women undergrads and grads in the school of Computer Science at Carnegie Mellon who talk about their early thoughts on Computer Science, why/how they began studying the area, their current experiences, what Computer Science means to them now, and their future hopes and expectations. The presentation includes a slide show, Q and A interaction, and a simple demo. Finally the children are invited to participate in an email pen-pal group organized online through the Women@SCS web site: http://www.cs.cmu.edu/~women. The goal of the Roadshow is to challenge some of the stereotypes surrounding the field of computer science and the people in it.

Contact: Carol Frieze
Email: women@cs.cmu.edu
Phone: (412) 268-9071
Site: http://women.cs.cmu.edu/What/Outreach/Roadshow/