About Us

Who We Are

Access Engineering is a student-run community service organization at the University of Pennsylvania School of Engineering that seeks to provide an introduction to engineering for Philadelphia public high school students. We hold a free, weekly session that acquaints students with the various engineering disciplines through hands-on workshops. We are the largest community service club in the School of Engineering at Penn, and we were named Engineering Club of the Year in the 2022-2023 term.

Our Mission

Our mission is to provide an environment where students can further their interest in engineering and realize their capability to be the future of engineering. We aim to achieve our goal by providing workshops in seven engineering disciplines that focus on applying the engineering skillset in diverse applications, breaking down engineering stereotypes, and demonstrating engineering as a powerful tool for action. We strive to contribute to STEM educational equity in Philadelphia, and particularly focus on serving underrepresented students who may have limited opportunities for exposure to engineering.

Our Program

We offer a semester-long free program to students, where we teach introductions to 7 engineering disciplines: Mechanical Engineering, Bioengineering, Chemical Engineering, Computer Science, Materials Science Engineering, Electrical Engineering, and Engineering Entrepreneurship. Lessons are held on the University of Pennsylvania’s engineering campus and students are provided a transportation subsidy and lunch. Our program is intended for students that have had little to no prior experience in engineering. We recruit from all high school in the Philadelphia public school district.

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