UMKC School of Computing and Engineering hosts Science Power program for urban high school students

The University of Missouri-Kansas City (UMKC) School of Computing and Engineering (SCE) will host Science Power – a program that introduces urban students to hands-on science and engineering activities – at 8:30 a.m. on Saturday, Feb. 12 at SCE’s Flarsheim Hall, 5110 Rockhill Rd., Kansas City, Mo.

Sponsored by the UMKC Division of Diversity, Access & Equity, Science Power is designed to enhance student interest and readiness for science education and careers. Science Power brings 150 urban Kansas City, Mo. high school students to the UMKC campus on six Saturdays during the academic year for interactive, hands-on activities designed to increase interest in and knowledge of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM). In addition to engaging students in a wide variety of activities, Science Power familiarizes high school students with a college campus and provides them an opportunity to speak with UMKC faculty and students.

“The University of Missouri-Kansas City, through Science Power, has the opportunity to create access to high-quality educational experiences that enhance urban high school students’ knowledge of STEM fields,” said Karen Dace, Ph.D., deputy chancellor of UMKC’s Division of Diversity, Access & Equity. “These very talented students will ultimately be the next generation of scientists, engineers, teachers and health professionals and will lead our state and nation. We feel fortunate to have this opportunity to be a part of their road to success.”

“The School of Computing and Engineering has some very exciting projects going on, particularly in newer fields such as bioengineering,” said Greg King, assistant professor in SCE’s Dept. of Civil and Mechanical Engineering. “It is extremely rewarding to participate in programs like Science Power, which get some of these novel activities out into the community and engage students who may not have otherwise planned to pursue careers in STEM fields.”

Other UMKC Science Power partners include the College of Arts and Sciences’ Department of Architecture, Urban Planning + Design (AUP+D), Department of Geosciences and Department of Physics; School of Dentistry; School of Nursing; School of Medicine; and School of Pharmacy.

The University of Missouri-Kansas City (UMKC), one of four University of Missouri campuses, is a public university serving more than 15,000 undergraduate, graduate and professional students. UMKC engages with the community and economy based on a four-part mission: life and health sciences; visual and performing arts; urban issues and education; and a vibrant learning and campus life experience. For more information about UMKC, visit You can also find us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter and watch us on YouTube.

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