Welcome to SPARK!

Igniting the Next Generation of Women Engineers

If you are a current 6th through 9th grade female student during the 2018-2019 school year, the University of Connecticut invites you to challenge yourself by incorporating your math and science skills into hands-on projects and experiments, exciting engineering concepts, and fun activities.

SPARK is UConn’s latest initiative to shrink the STEM gender gap. Participants will be taught and mentored by outstanding female undergraduate engineering students. Students will live in residence halls, supervised by Residential Counselors who are members of the UConn Engineering community.

Each week’s curriculum will focus on a different engineering discipline:

  • Coding (July 7 - 13): Design apps, make circuits, and learn to apply programming to control the world around you
  • Underwater Robotics (July 14 - 20): Explore mechanics while building and testing an underwater remotely operated vehicle (ROV)
  • Designing and Flying Drones (July 21 - 27): Apply principals of material science, 3D printing, and chemistry to make a drone fly
  • Engineering Through the Ages (July 28 - August 3): Explore the past and present while building a more sustainable city for the future

Students will be encouraged to have fun while learning, and to learn while having fun. No prior experience is required.

Please note that the program cost is $895 per session.

Online registration for SPARK 2019 is now open.  The application deadline is July 1, 2019.

There will be four sessions in 2019:

  • July 7 - 13: Coding
  • July 14 - 20: Robotics
  • July 21 - 27: Designing and Flying Drones
  • July 28 - August 3: Engineering Through the Ages

Students may apply to attend one, two, three, or all four of the sessions.

Eligibility: Must be a current 6th - 9th grade female student during the 2018 - 2019 school year.  Applicants who are not in the grade range but are interested in the program are encouraged to apply to be placed on the waiting list.

Decisions regarding admission will be made within two weeks of receipt of your application.