K-12 Outreach Programs

CU-ICAR recognizes the value that science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) education programs have to enhance the nation’s global competitiveness. To help build the pipeline of students prepared to meet our nation’s workforce needs, Clemson University’s Department of Automotive Engineering and the CU-ICAR partnership office have established a number of programs reaching students across South Carolina.

Take a look at our programs below. If you don’t see one that fits your needs, please reach out to the Department of Automotive Engineering Student Program Coordinator, Spencer Davenport at sdaven2 [at] clemson.edu.



All Girls AUTO Know

For 5 years running, CU-ICAR & Southern Automotive Women’s Forum partner to bring over 300 young women to the CU-ICAR campus. The goal is to empower and expose girls to the automotive industry with a focus on automotive engineering. The day-long event at CU-ICAR’s AT&T Auditorium is coordinated twice a year with Greenville, Spartanburg, Union, Anderson County and private schools across the upstate. We don’t ask for their most gifted students, we ask for students who would benefit most from the day. Participants are automotive companies & schools including Michelin, BMW, Draexelmeier, SAGE, Clemson WISE, and Greenville Tech.

Contact Ashley Boncimino: aboncim@clemson.edu


Fisher Middle School

Located just down the road on CU-ICAR’s Millennium Campus, Fisher Middle School is a new construction school, purposefully designed and constructed to compliment a STEAM—science, technology, engineering, art and math—curriculum.
All 340 sixth-graders at Fisher Middle School toured CU-ICAR’s Carroll A. Campbell Jr. Graduate Engineering Center. After the tour, approximately 40 Fisher Middle School students became honorary automotive engineers as part of a mentorship program. Throughout the school year, Clemson University students faculty and staff acted as mentors, bringing hands on activities and projects to provide real-world insight to the middle school students.