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K-14 STEM Education

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The College of Engineering and Applied Science looks forward to the opportunity to engage students and teachers in hands-on learning to build knowledge and understanding in the field of engineering. Strength in K-14 education can enhance the quality and quantity of students who pursue STEM programs at UW and ultimately pursue high-impact careers in the State. K-14 STEM Education is a critical component of the Tier-1 Engineering Initiative. Learn more about the Initiative.

Connect with our K-12 Outreach Team!

Teddi Hofmann - Outreach Coordinator

Teddi Freedman is the K-14 Project Coordinator for the University of Wyoming, College of Engineering and Applied Science. Originally from California, Teddi earned her BA from Colgate University in upstate N.Y. and MS from the University of Wyoming, Science and Math Teaching Center. Teddi has extensive experience working in K-12 classrooms as a science and engineering educator. She is excited to connect with schools from around the state to engage students and teachers in hands-on learning and discovery. As a member of the Center for Student Success for the College of Engineering and Applied Science, Teddi aims to support students and teachers with the resources they need to be successful in the classroom and as effective community members. 

Contact Teddi Freedman today to explore the positibilities in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) at  or 307-766-4236.



Meet our student volunteers

The K-14 Project Coodinator, Teddi Freedman, is thrilled to be able to work with an outstanding group of undergraduate and graduate engineering students who volunteer their time to connect with K-12 students around the state. In addition to balancing a challenging course load and other extra-curricular activities, members of the outreach team serve as inspiring role models and mentors for the next generation of engineers.  Learn more about our team below.


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Sara Bashir


Sara Bashir is an international scholar from Egypt with a full scholarship from USAID and the American government. She is currently a senior studying civil engineering. Sara decided to join the outreach team because she feels she brings a unique skillset to the table and is excited to share her knowledge with others. As a woman in engineering, Sara wants to be able to inspire all the young women who might not dream of being engineers because it is a male-dominated field. Sara enjoys watching students get excited about different engineering activities and looks forward to working with more K-12 students throughout the school year.



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Jacy Busboom


Jacy was born and raised in Laramie before moving to Douglas, Wyo., to attend high school. She is currently a sophomore majoring in chemical engineering, and is involved in various groups such as SWE and AlChE. Jacy is very interested in biochemical/biomedical engineering and more specifically, the production and applications of pharmaceuticals, nanoparticles and other related fields. Jacy decided to join the outreach team because she enjoys working with and inspiring youth to enter the engineering field. This year, Jacy is the SWE Outreach Chair and served as the lead organizer for the second annual “WOMENgineering” Conference, which is an event for middle school girls held every fall on the UW campus. In looking at the school year ahead, Jacy is excited to work with her fellow outreach team members and to engage with K-12 students through various events during the fall and spring semesters.



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Connor Desmond


Connor is originally from Cheyenne, Wyo. He is currently a master’s student in electrical engineering at the University of Wyoming. He received his B.S. in computer engineering from UW as well. He is currently studying topics related to semiconductor devices and materials and their applications. Aside from pursuing his academic goals, Connor enjoys teaching STEM topics, which became his motivation for joining the Explore Engineering Outreach team. He feels that the ability to inform, engage, and inspire younger generations is every engineer’s responsibility, and he is excited for the opportunity to pass on knowledge to Wyoming’s youth.



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Annaliese Fitzsimmons


Annaliese is a senior who was born and raised in northern Wyoming. She is double-majoring in civil engineering and environment and natural resources. Her concentration is in geotechnical engineering and sustainable design, and after graduation, she hopes to practice in the region. Annaliese is passionate about outreach because she had the opportunity to attend engineering outreach events at UW when she was younger and feels it played an important role in why she ultimately decided to pursue engineering at UW. Annaliese first became involved in outreach as a freshman and has always enjoyed the opportunity to engage with K-12 students. This year she is most excited for Engineers Week and getting to build mint-mobiles with the third graders.



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Moriah Miller


Moriah is a senior majoring in computer science, because not only is there such a huge demand for computer scientists, but because it is an area of study that can be applied in almost any field. Moriah cares a lot about K-12 outreach primarily because she didn’t truly understand the meaning of engineering until she was in eighth grade and took her first actual engineering course. Had she been exposed to engineering at a younger age, Moriah could have learned so much more and been very confident in her career path. Moriah feels it is really important for youth, especially young women, to learn that engineering has endless opportunities and opens countless doors, and that it can be fun! She looks forward to travelling to new schools and showing K-12 students that engineering is for everyone and versatile through super fun activities!



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Aisha Mohammed

Aisha is a junior majoring in computer engineering and minoring in computer science and the Honors Program. From Kwara, Nigeria, Aisha has interests in software engineering and embedded systems. She decided to join the Explore Engineering team because she is passionate about helping students develop interest in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM). Aisha believes that understanding STEM fields will help students make better-informed decisions when selecting a college degree, and ultimately, a career path.



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Chris Rumple

Chris is a perpetually curious person with special interest in "why" things are the way they are. This passion has led Chris to continue his academic career from a B.S. and M.S. in aerospace engineering at Penn State to pursuing a Ph.D. in mechanical engineering at UW. Chris has also had the chance to apply his technical skills while conducting research in Indonesia. Between there and the U.S. he has a grasp of the impact that engineering can have on society, which is why he is an engineer, Chris would like to help build the world. He is excited to be a member of the outreach team here at UW because he feels Wyoming offers a great perspective from nature, which is a valuable tool when solving problems. Chris feels that it is the observation of nature that has given the engineer/scientist the tools to create our world. As a second-year outreach team member, he is eager to meet more students to help spark their curiosity and give them the beginnings to follow their passions through hands on experimentation.



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Mike Tran

Mike Tran is a senior undergraduate student from Hanoi, Vietnam. He is majoring in electrical engineering with a bio-engineering concentration. When Mike was younger, he participated in a summer program where he received guidance from older college students to explore engineering and science research. The experience encouraged him greatly, and made him want to be an engineer. Mike wants to provide the same enthusiasm to a new generation of would-be engineers from high schools all across Wyoming.
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