Gator Outreach Program

Historic Overview

Nearly eighteen years ago, Exxon Mobil and the University of Florida’s Herbert Wertheim College of Engineering established a collaborative partnership in an effort to create a K-12 initiative that would expose school-aged youth to the world of engineering. The result of this collaboration was the creation of a program called Gator Outreach (GO). Since its inception, the Gator Outreach program has served nearly 15,000 students.

Gator Outreach Mission

The mission of the Gator Outreach Program is to strengthen and increase the pipeline of students who pursue careers in STEM-related disciplines through an array of innovative and inspirational programs exposing students to the field of engineering.

The Gator Outreach Program typically provides participating schools with:

  • Funding for one bus for up to 50 students
  • Boxed lunches for up to 50 students plus chaperones
  • Tours of Engineering labs
  • Hands on or Interactive experiences for the students

The program has been embraced by middle and high school teachers as a means of:

  • Sponsoring educational field trips, which under normal circumstances may have been prohibitive due to budgetary restrictions
  • Exposing students to the Herbert Wertheim College of Engineering through our research labs, hands-on activities and speaker presentations, and
  • Motivating student academic performance in the areas of math and science

Sample schedule of our one-day sessions:

  • 9:00am – 11:30am: Hands-on-activities with our Engineering Student Organizations
  • 11:45am – 12:30pm: Lunch
  • 12:40pm – 1:10pm: Lab tours
  • 1:15pm: Departure

Spring 2017 Gator Outreach Calendar





JANUARY  Thursday 19th  BOOKED Gator Outreach Program
FEBRUARY  Tuesday  7th BOOKED Gator Outreach Program
MARCH  Tuesday 21st,

Wednesday 22nd



 Gator Outreach Special Event

Gator Outreach Special Event

APRIL Friday 7th,

Tuesday 11th



Gator Outreach Program

Gator Outreach Program


Fall 2017 Gator Outreach Calendar:

To Be Announced

*If your school is interested in participating in our Gator Outreach program for next Fall 2017, please complete our program interest form for your group to be considered  to attend.  Check back with us at the end of the summer for our Fall 2017 dates, and availability. Please click on this link Programs Interest Form



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