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Research Outreach & Service (TEK-8)

Translating Engineering Research to K-8 (TEK8) is a combined research and outreach program involving undergraduate engineering students, engineering education graduate students and area middle school students. In the summer, Ohio State undergraduate students participate in paid summer research internships in engineering faculty laboratories. Then in autumn, these students are joined by engineering education graduate students in a course (ENGR 4850) that teaches them how to develop age-appropriate engineering design challenges that exemplify the societal significance of the research. The design challenges are delivered in an after-school program at underserved partner school KIPP Academy.

The program was created to improve engineering career awareness in K-8 students by exposing them to the engineering design process in a hands-on way. The design challenges can be executed in 90 minutes or less using everyday, low-cost materials. In the last phase of the course, design challenges are posted online ( for the benefit of teachers and informal STEM educators.

For more information, contact Howard Greene, Director of K-12 Outreach at or 614-688-7541.