About Us

What programs do you run?

Currently, we run three programs, SPARK Saturdays and Mobile Labs geared toward high school students, and the Snap Circuits Lab, designed for middle school students.

What do your programs consist of?

Currently, SPARK Saturdays is structured to be four or five sessions, held on campus about every two Saturdays. Each session will last about two hours and consist of a learning portion and a hands-on activity, led by CMU students. The entire SPARK Saturdays program is held once every semester, and aimed at high school students. No prior knowledge on the part of the students is assumed. The sessions are structured to introduce students to a wide variety of electrical and computer engineering concepts to help them decide whether this might be a good career path for them.

Our Mobile Labs program is an adaptation of SPARK Saturdays, still geared toward high school students, but that we bring to schools. The labs are held after school on an average weekday to interested students.

Our Snap Circuits program is structured similarly, but is currently offered just once per semester and is exclusively for middle school students. During the lab, students are taught the basics of circuit building, using Snap Circuits® kits, and get to build some simple, yet fun, circuits, both through our leading and then later, on their own.

What is the history of your programs?

We began creating sessions for the SPARK Saturdays program in Fall 2012, and held our first two sessions in Spring 2013. In Spring 2015 we expanded our reach to middle school students and local high schools through the Snap Circuit Lab and the Mobile Labs programs, respectively. We hope to keep expanding in the future. Professor Tom Sullivan has been the faculty sponsor at CMU for ECE Outreach since its onset.

How do I sign up for the SPARK Saturdays or Snap Circuits program?

In the navigation bar, click on the program you would like to register your student for, then choose the Register page for that program. Unfortunately, due to limited resources we're not able to accept all those interested, but we're making every effort to expand our programs.

Can I use your materials?

Yes, our materials are free for public use. If you do decide to use them, please send us an email or use our Contact Us page to let us know because we'd love to hear about how our sessions are being used!

Who are the volunteers?

Our volunteers are Carnegie Mellon University undergradute and graduate students who are studying Electrical and Computer Engineering.

Our faculty mentor is Professor Tom Sullivan.

How do I become a volunteer?

We are always in need of more volunteers to do everything from helping run the sessions to creating lab modules to generating publicity to contacting sponsors. We'd love to have you work with us. Please use the Contact Us page to get in touch with us and express your interest and you'll hear back from us very soon.

Do you have any summer programs? / Where can I find other programs like this for my student?

Carnegie Mellon's Leonard Gelfand Center for Service Learning & Outreach has a great list of STEM-related and other programs for high school students, middle school students, and even grade school students!

What if I have more questions?

If your question wasn't answered above, please get in touch with us using our Contact page! We will respond as quickly as we can.