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Girl Scouts at a summer exploration camp with ETCS.

ETCS Outreach

College of engineering, technology, and computer science


Building self-confidence.    

Engaging exploration of STEM. 

Encouraging students in their future.


Through competitions, summer exploration camps, and career programs, students are introduced to the world of engineering, technology, and computer science. Awards and recognition are a key component of the competitive events, recognizing excellence and effort as they reinforce self-confidence. All programs encourage students to use innovative thinking, collaborate on problem-solving, apply classroom learning, and explore their future career options with encouragement from Purdue Fort Wayne Faculty and Community Partners.  


The Sci-TEC Academy is a career and leadership network for students in grades 6–12. Any youth who has participated in a Purdue Fort Wayne STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) program or has an interest in ETCS (engineering, technology, and computer science) careers is encouraged to apply during the August–September application period.

The Sci-TEC Academy endeavors to

  • provide an opportunity for precollege youth to engage in STEM-related academy activities presented by faculty during the school year;
  • offer a peer network to meet precollege students from a variety of schools with similar interests; and
  • share valuable information about ETCS degrees, career paths, and northeast Indiana opportunities for scholarships, internships, and cooperative education while meeting Purdue Fort Wayne students, faculty, and Sci-TEC community industry partners.

Application Procedure

  • Complete application and include a student profile listing past STEM activities. Write a short paragraph describing your interest and why you would like to be selected.
  • Provide one name on application of an adult other than a parent or family member (e.g., teacher, guidance counselor, youth mentor, STEM competition coach) who could recommend you.
  • There is no cost to apply. If selected, a participation fee of $85, or $75 for past members, is required upon your confirmation. If you are in need of assistance for a financial scholarship, there is a prompt on the application for further information.

We would like to thank our Sci-TEC Academy Community Industrial Partners.

City of Fort Wayne City Utilities
American Electric Power


Middle and High School Applications have closed for the year.



EWeek bridge building contest - February 25, 2023!! 

Middle and High school students design and build bridges using Popsicle sticks and wood glue. The bridges are then tested to see who has the strongest bridge based on design, load and deflection. Students may compete as an individual bridge or as a team bridge of no more than 3 students.

Awards in the Middle School Level
First Place: $60
Second Place: $30
Third Place: $15
Awards in the High School Level
First Place: $250
Second Place: $200
Third Place: $100
Additional awards will be given based balance of design, cleanness of glue, cleanness of connection and creative/innovative structure form. 

To Register

Honor Statement

Media Waiver 

2023 Contest Rules


ETCS Summer Explorations exposes students to a variety of different career and interest areas. There are four different exploration areas: computer science, math and science, engineering, and physics.

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Middle school teams become visionaries as they imagine the perfect futuristic city. They collaborate with peers using SimCity as a tool for city planning and then design, construct, and display a city model displaying their vision. This is a cross-disciplinary STEM project that emphasizes project management and the role of engineers.

For the competition, teams create a computer-designed city and submit their goals and accomplishments associated with the design. They submit an essay on the annual theme, build a city-scale model with a moving part out of recycled materials, and present their designs to judges. Many teams win awards, and the regional winners advance to Washington, DC, for the Future City National Finals.

Team Registration Information
Throughout the fall, participants work in teams of at least three students, an educator, and volunteer mentor to bring their vision of their future city to life. They will imagine what it’s like like to walk down the main street of a city 100 years in the future. What do they see, hear, smell, and feel? From this starting point, they will design a futuristic city with innovative solutions to some of today’s most pressing sustainability issues. This year’s challenge asks students to address climate change in their city. As the middle school students create their cities, they will use the engineering design process and project management steps to take on a large-scale project, apply their math and science knowledge to a real-world problem, and strengthen their teamwork and problem-solving skills.

2022-2023 Theme - The Climate Change Challenge
This year's challenge asks students to address climate change in their city. 

Future City is open to kids in grades 6, 7, and 8 who are from the same school; homeschooled; or are members of a nationally, regionally, or state-recognized youth-focused organization, such as the Boy and Girl Scouts, Boys and Girls Clubs, or 4-H.

Competition Deliverables
The Future City Competition consists of five deliverables. These document the team’s progress through the engineering design process and showcase the team’s city of the future. Teams are judged and scored on all deliverables (due dates vary by region and are available after you register on your Future City Educator Dashboard):

  • City Essay (50 points): Teams describe the unique attributes of their city and their solution to the annual challenge (a maximum of 1,500 words).
  • City Model (60 points): Teams build a physical model of their city (in one piece or multiple segments) using recycled materials and includes one moving part.
  • City Presentation (50 points): Teams have seven minutes to present their city’s futuristic innovations and bring it life.
  • City Q&A (42 points): Teams answer questions for a panel of STEM professionals.
  • Project Plan (10 points): Teams develop and use a project plan to help them stay organized and focused.

The points per deliverable may change based on that year’s rubric.

To register please choose one of the following options

  1. Resources Only
    Get free access to Future City’s full suite of resources.
  2. Partial Competition
    Great for first time teams, see what Future City is all about while only completing one or two deliverables. Eligible for some special awards in certain regions.
  3. Full Competition
    Complete all five deliverables and fully compete in regionals. Eligible for special awards and prizes. Regional winners compete in the Finals in Washington, DC. Transportation, hotel and some meals are covered for the five official team members.




PFW FIRST LEGO League Qualifying Tournament 

Saturday November 12, 2022

Robotic teams of participants age 9 to 16 explore a yearly theme and the creative construction of a robot during this project that lasts 8 to 10 weeks. They use LEGO Mindstorms to construct their robot and then test their skills on achieving a variety of robot “missions” using a special competition “field” made of LEGO models.

The teams engage in developing a project idea that involves research, creativity, collaboration, and problem-solving. They also practice the FIRST LEGO League core values. Teams are invited to attend qualifying tournaments in November and may advance to one of the two Indiana championship tournaments as a result of their competing in an exciting sports-like tournament.

FIRST LEGO League Explore
In Explore, teams of students ages 6–10 focus on the fundamentals of engineering as they explore real-world problems, learn to design and code and create unique solutions made with LEGO bricks and powered by LEGO Education robot.

FIRST LEGO League Challenge
Friendly competition is at the heart of the FIRST LEGO League Challenge, as teams of students ages 9–16 engage in research, problem-solving, coding and engineering—building and programming a LEGO robot that navigates the missions of a robot game. As part of the competition, teams also participate in a research project to identify and solve a relevant real-world problem.




AEP Foundation
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American Electric Power


General Motors
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General Motors


City of Fort Wayne
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City of Fort Wayne

Community and Faculty Partners
Dawn Ritchie, MPA
“I’ve been involved with the IN Future City Regional program organized and hosted by PFW for 20 years. My favorite part of is watching the passion and commitment these students, their mentors and teachers have in planning, designing, and presenting their city of the future. They learn so much about engineering, city planning and government, technology, citizenship and teamwork. I’m so honored to be a part of the program and am grateful for PFW’s commitment to the success of the program.”
TANVIR MINHAS, Pres. of IEEE & NSPE Student Chapters, MS 22
"I've been involved in numerous events, my most favorite being First Lego League. The ETCS Outreach Program at Purdue Fort Wayne reveals the engrossing passion that lies beneath the surface for both the volunteers and the young students at hand. As a established engineering professional, I admire the offered imaginative and creative programs that are available to our aspiring architects."
Jason Moyer, Civil & Mechanical Engineering
“ I am involved with ETCS Outreach because I believe in their mission and I feel that if people like myself don’t stand up to help teach the next generation what engineering means and where it can take them, then who will?”
"We have a great community on campus that supports women in STEM. I have been lucky to assist students at the Future Girls of STEM Camp the past two summers. This camp is a great opportunity for girls in grades two through five to learn about aerospace, chemical, and computer engineering."

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