Youth Outreach

Maseeh College is committed to expanding access to education in STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) fields with particular emphasis on women and students from underserved communities. If you are involved with an organization promoting science and technology education and would like to partner with Maseeh College please contact Joyce Pieretti at

PSU High School Innovation Challenge. The PSU High School Innovation Challenge Competition is an opportunity for Portland-area students to innovate for humanity. Each team is paired with PSU student mentors to help them identify a problem and develop a concept to solve it using the engineering design process. Teams convene at a final event to present their projects to a panel of judges. Learn more.


Invention Bootcamp. Anyone can become an inventor when given the right tools. Invention Boot Camp aims to give more students these tools early in their education. It is a four-week, intensive educational experience led by PSU faculty and undergraduate engineering students. The Camp gives 25 motivated high school students from the Portland-area training and access to rapid prototyping tools and guidance to develop their design process, creative and critical thinking skills. Learn more.


CyberPDX.  CyberPDX is a 5-day residential camp to introduce cybersecurity principles, policies, and careers through a curriculum that integrates programming, cryptography, technology, law/ethics, film, and filmmaking. Instruction is interdisciplinary, taught by faculty from Computer Science, Engineering, Sociology, Film Studies, and University Honors. Students attend lectures and demonstrations to prepare for challenging projects that call on them to work cooperatively against deadlines.  Learn more.

Oregon MESA. The Oregon Mathematics, Engineering, Science Achievement (MESA) is an outreach program that engages 6th-12th grade students in hands-on, inquiry-based math, engineering, science and technology projects during weekly chapter meetings at school sites. Its mission is to expose young people to careers they may have never considered. Housed at Maseeh College, the MESA program brings engineering alive to students through campus visits, mentors and in the classroom and faculty involvement. For more information please visit

ChickTech: High School. Maseeh College partners with non-profit ChickTech to empower, support, and increase the confidence of women and girls in engineering, computer science and other technological fields. Every year the college hosts ChickTech: High School, two days of hands-on workshops in seven different areas: robotics, microcontrollers, computer games, computer construction, website design and creation, smartphone apps, and user-interface design. More than 100 Oregon teenage girls showcase their projects at the end of the program.  For more information please visit


Geek Squad Academy: Geek Squad Academy is a weekend long, hands-on learning program that provides local youth an opportunity to engage in the design and implementation of technology, sponsored by Best Buy.

Best Buy employees and Maseeh College students and faculty will partner teach students about the latest technology in a fun, interactive learning environment. Participants will select a weekend-long workshop such as digital photography, digital film production, digital literacy, robotics, 3D printing and digital music. Learn more


Maseeh College Student Ambassadors. The Maseeh College Student Ambassadors are a team of student employees that represent the college to classrooms, tour groups and at community events. Their mission is to inspire more students, especially those from underrepresented communities, to consider engineering and computer science as a career. They are also available to help other students navigate their experience at PSU and oversee STEM-related youth outreach events. If you would like to connect with the student ambassador team please contact Joyce Pieretti at .


Sign up for a tour! Maseeh College Student Ambassadors offer tours year-round. Prospective students can register by selecting an "General Engineering" tour on the campus visit calendar. Teachers, after school program coordinators, or clubs can contact Joyce Pieretti ( to schedule a group tour.