About the Science Engineering Educational Development for Students (SEEDS) program
SEEDS is a program for K-12 students offered through the College of Engineering at Wichita State University. The objective of SEEDS is to promote science, technology, engineering, and math skills so that young people will be familiar with the career options that exist in engineering.
Our longest-running program is Switched on Saturdays, where 4th through 8th grade students participate in hands-on STEM activities. We hold about six a semester, typically on Saturdays from 10 a.m. to Noon for 4th-5th grades and 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. for 6th-8th grades. These events are free. The best way to know about upcoming programs is to follow us on Facebook. Most sessions are held on the Wichita State University campus.
In order to serve children who may find it difficult to get here, we also host events in neighborhood centers around Wichita, and we frequently participate in-school programs. Each semester we embed our students in one or two Project Lead the Way (pre-engineering) classrooms in middle schools and/or high schools.
Recently, we have a new focus on teaching computer coding. We visit a limited number of classrooms each semester to teach Scratch programming. Learn more here. In 2017-18, we visited 12 schools and taught 300 children how to code.
We regret that we no longer provide activities for field trips in order that we can devote our resources to more in-depth experiences for children that allow them to become familiar with our students through repeated contacts. Our SEEDS staff's primary purpose is to serve as role models. We believe children will be inspired by the personal stories of the WSU students, who come from diverse backgrounds and include first-generation college students.