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Fall 2021 Semester

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Access Engineering will be virtual for the beginning of the semester. However, we are still committed to providing a quality engineering education to you all! Each week we will engage in Zoom sessions with live demos from Access Engineering teachers. We will try to work on labs that you can recreate at home, and we’ll discuss the science and engineering behind these projects. Access Engineering will culminate in a final project, where students will get to choose what project they want to design as a testament to what they’ve learned as a student in Access.

About Us

Access Engineering is a free student run hands-on engineering enrichment program at the University of Pennsylvania for talented Philadelphia high school students. Our team of passionate undergraduate volunteers makes engineering exciting for a diverse group of students in a fast-paced year long weekend program. We provide students a challenging and fun environment to explore what engineering is. Since 2014, Access Engineering has worked with over 250 students to nurture their interest in STEM and develop the Philadelphia Public Schools’ pipeline of future engineers.

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Access by the Numbers

Rahul Gupta and Will Manherz started Access Engineering with a small pilot program in 2014. Since then, we have grown into the largest community service organization in Penn Engineering.


Cost to students

Our program is accessible to students of all backgrounds.


Intent to pursue STEM education

Our program is proven to lead to greater interest and readiness for college STEM.


High schools represented

We serve schools across the School District of Philadelphia.

5 in 16

5 engineering disciplines in 16 weeks

Students explore Computer Science, Mechanical Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Chemical Engineering, and Bio-engineering.


Students since 2014

We are dedicated to expanding the STEM pipeline in Philadelphia.


Penn undergrad volunteers

Dedicated students from a broad engineering background make our program fun and technically rigorous.


Inside Access

In Access Engineering we make engineering fun and exciting to encourage students to pursue a future in engineering. We expose our students to unique experiences that are simply not available in the standard high school curriculum. Students learn directly from young and excited Penn Engineers in several of our world class laboratories. Our fast paced, self contained lessons do not require any previous experience.

I think hands-on labs with real-time equipment and the opportunity to experience a university campus encourage people to go to college. That is the main value of our program, to give a glimpse at what it would be like to be an engineering major and just how much fun it really is.

– Kaylin Raby / Systems Science and Engineering ’18

Computer Science

Throughout six introductory labs, students learn fundamental computer science concepts including arrays, loops, and objects. In the advanced labs, students branch into other programming languages including HTML/CSS and Processing.

Electrical Engineering

Our electrical engineering lab engages students by showing the direct connection between physics and engineering. They use an Arduino micro-controller to combine concepts in programming with circuit design.

Mechanical Engineering

Students learn how to use professional 3D modeling software and rapid prototyping tools like laser cutters and 3D printers. The tangible products of their works show the possibilities of engineering and their own creativity.

“We feel that it’s very important for these students to know that becoming an engineer is an option that is truly open for them.”

– Kyle DeLuca / Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering ’18