K-12 Outreach

The University of Washington's Department of Human Centered Design & Engineering regularly works with regional K-12 schools on activities designed to engage pre-college students and their teachers in the field of human-centered design. Our outreach activities include conducting user-centered design workshops in high school and middle school classrooms, hosting students for workshops on the University of Washington campus, and professional development for teachers. HCDE Senior Lecturer Andrew Davidson leads this effort with an HCDE Research Assistant—Catie Baker in 2016–2017, and Elena Agapie in 2017–2018. If you are interested in learning more, contact HCDE Outreach at hcdek12@uw.edu.

Engineering Discovery Days

Every April, elementary through high school students explore interactive exhibits, hands-on activities, and UW labs. High school students and families learn about admissions, financial aid, engineering programs, and university life. More »

Mathematics Academy

High-achieving Washington high school students can apply to live on campus with UW Math Academy, an intensive, four-week summer session. Students prepare for college-level math and engineering in a supportive, challenging, and fun learning community. More »

Alternative Spring Break

In partnership with the University of Washington's Pipeline Project, HCDE organizes students to participate in an Alternative Spring Break experience, bringing Human Centered Design & Engineering workshops to rural communities in Washington state. View a video about the inaugural HCDE Alternative Spring Break, and read the team's blog here »

Computing Open House

Held annually in fall or winter quarter, students and faculty from UW's computing majors present hands-on activities illustrating the broad range of problems computing can address. More »


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