The ASSIST Center Pre-College Education Outreach Program

The ASSIST Center has developed strategic outreach partnerships with 11 middle and high schools to enhance teachers’ engineering content knowledge and teaching methods, bring nanosystems engineering concepts into the classroom, involve high school students in ASSIST research, and thereby increase the diversity and enrollment of domestic students in university engineering degree programs.

  • Wake County STEM Early College High School, Raleigh, NC
  • Southeast Raleigh High School, Raleigh, NC
  • Centennial Campus Magnet Middle School, Raleigh, NC
  • Carroll Middle School, Raleigh, NC
  • Buford Middle School, Charlottesville, VA
  • Charlottesville High School, VA
  • Coral Park High School, Miami, FL
  • Rockaway Middle School, Miami, FL
  • The Grier School, Tyrone, PA
  • Tyrone Area Middle School, Tyrone, PA
  • Tyrone Area High School, Tyrone, PA


Through these partnerships, the Center will:

  • Develop integrated pre-college teams (including graduate and undergraduate students, pre-service STEM student teachers, postdocs, and faculty to work with principals, teachers, and students) to stimulate student interest in engineering careers and increase diversity of U.S. college students in engineering.
  • Provide teacher workshops and Research Experiences for Teachers (RETs) to enhance teachers’ knowledge of engineering/nanotechnology concepts and careers as well as their ability to incorporate engineering activities in the classroom using the Big Ideas of Science and the Grand Challenges in Engineering, with a focus on tools of scientific discovery and health informatics.
  • Engage ASSIST students in pre-college outreach activities to improve their ability to bring the excitement of engineering to younger students.
  • Fund a Young Scholars Program that pairs promising high school students with university student mentors for summer research experiences.
  • Engage middle and high school students in engineering summer camps, nano clubs, and NanoDays on university campuses to encourage increased interest and diversity in science and engineering majors and careers.