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Engineering in Action engages young students with the world of STEM education (science, technology, engineering and mathematics). SJSU engineering students presented interactive demonstrations that show the importance and relevance of STEM concepts, how they can be applied to everyday life and how youth can be involved. SJSU engineering students presented on topics ranging from mechanical properties to magnetism. Engineering is a difficult major and some students can be discouraged by the hard work it requires. Through this partnership, SJSU engineering students had the experience of seeing children learn and enjoy the hands-on activities they created. The elementary school students gained an appreciation for how to apply math and science concepts in the real world.

By the Numbers | 2019-20

422 SJSU students engaged

223 residents engaged

4,264 hours of service

$103,433 value

Project Impact

  • 42% of k-12 students indicated that this project made them more interested in learning about science and engineering
  • 98% of k-12 students enjoyed participating in the activities
  • 84% of SJSU students reported that this project improved their relationship with peers

Community Voices

“When we were learning how to draw a map, I didn’t expect that we would use a simulator to fly a plane”
–12th grade student at Cristo Rey

“I learned that you can make your own magnet, it’s so fun. I love scientists!”
–3rd grade student at Empire Gardens

“My favorite part was seeing kids experience how electricity worked in real world examples.”
–SJSU Industrial Engineering student