University of Cincinnati and National Urban League Partner to Provide Youth Hands-On Science and Technology Activities

The University of Cincinnati and National Urban League are partnering to bring close to 300 teens from across the nation to the UC campus for a day of science and technology activities on Thursday, July 24.

Activities that are part of that day will include

Hands-on workshops from 11 a.m.-12:15 p.m., in Great Hall, Tangeman University Center. The workshops will focus on

  • Programming and robotics
  • Mousetrap car
  • 3D printing and CAD design
  • Digital music
  • Digital photography
  • Maker Faire

The workshops are part of the 4th annual “Inspiring the Next Generation of Innovators: Real World Applications, Career Connections and Social Impact STEM Day.” Partnering and helping to organize the event is UC’s Emerging Ethnic Engineers Program (E3).

With support of the Chrysler Corporation, the day kicks off at 9 a.m. with a welcome by UC President Santa J. Ono in the Great Hall, Tangeman University Center. The entire day experience provides a unique opportunity for National Urban League’s Youth Leadership Summit participants to see STEM in action, visit science labs, and engage with STEM professors and students.

UC’s E3 program is a comprehensive, nationally respected program which seeks to increase the number of African American, Latino/a, and Native American students considering STEM oriented disciplines at the University of Cincinnati while helping such students achieve excellence in college and beyond. Throughout STEM Day, E3 students—especially those in the Bridges Program—will interact with Youth Leadership Summit participants as they visit STEM labs, workshops and receive a “campus resource tour,” including the African-American Cultural and Resource Center.

The TUC workshops will be heavily hands-on and will include: “Programming and Robotics,” presented by Best Buy; “Digital Music,” presented by Best Buy; “3D Printing and CAD design,” presented by Best Buy; “Digital Photography,” presented by Best Buy; “Maker Faire,” presented by Intel; and “Mousetrap Car,” presented by Praxair.

“Programming and Robotics” and “Mousetrap Car” are typical of the workshops as students will be building robots and then programming them to run through a maze using the Lego Mindstorm Ev3 curriculum while those ingenious builders of cars and toys will be working as teams to create a mousetrap car that will travel more than 5 feet.

Teachers from the National Science Foundation and the Cincinnati Engineering Enhanced Mathematics & Science Partnership (CEEMS) will present the following interactive workshops: “Keep a Cube,” “Building Circuits is Electrifying,” and “Landfill Liner.”

Presentations being held in other campus facilities will address “The Science of Surfaces,” presented by Procter & Gamble, and “Got Chemistry? Expand Your World!,” presented by the National Urban League.

The day will conclude with a special Jazz session at the renowned UC College Conservatory of Music and dinner at the UC dining hall at 5:30 pm.


About the University of Cincinnati
The University of Cincinnati is a top 25 public research university with its highest enrollment in history – more than 42,500 students. U.S. News & World Report ranks 34 of UC’s programs in the top 50 in the nation. UC also is the founder of the world’s first cooperative education program.


About the National Urban League
The National Urban League ( is a historic civil rights and urban advocacy organization dedicated to economic empowerment in historically underserved urban communities. Founded in 1910 and headquartered in New York City, the National Urban League has improved the lives of tens of millions of people nationwide through direct service programs that are implemented locally by its 94 Urban League affiliates in 36 states and the District of Columbia. The organization also conducts public policy research and advocacy activities from its D.C.-based Washington bureau. The National Urban League, a BBB-accredited organization, has a 4-star rating from Charity Navigator, placing it in the top 10 percent of all U.S. charities for adhering to good governance, fiscal responsibility and other best practices.


About the National Urban League’s Youth Leadership Summit

The National Urban League’s Youth Leadership Summit, now in its 25th year, is a college-based conference that brings together around 400 Urban League youth and their chaperones from across the nation. The Youth Leadership Summit coincides with the National Urban League Annual Conference to further provide young people with access to Urban League Leadership. The summit immerses young people in a college setting that provides them with a unique educational and development experience, focused on important skills for success in college, work and life.