You don't go into an intro woodshop class and hand the students physics exercises. Why would you intro computer engineering by throwing dry computer science at them? Are you trying to chase good kids away from computing professions??
The biggest mistake educators make with computers has been thinking they have piss all to do with math or science. Sure, at a fundamental level they aren't about anything else. But at a fundamental level my morning omelet is all about particle physics, so yah.
The reality is day to day software engineering has massively more in common with shop classes and "maker skills" than it ever does with math or "science". Just like most machinists are just trying to cut and weld steel into things rather than invent a new alloy, most software engineers are just trying to cut and paste code into new program shapes rather than invent a slightly more efficient sort algorithm. Sure, there's a teeny, tiny minority of egg heads doing amazing work on graphic card drivers to make my FPS better in Fallout 4, and I'm very grateful we have them, but the other 99.89% of programming in the world isn't anything so deep.
If you want to jump start kids on software engineering, buy a few cheap Arduinos, LEDs, maybe a few servos, and go nuts. The first for loop that makes an LED blink or a servo wave and they'll be hooked for life...not to mention learn more about actual software engineering then you'd ever have done with the comp sci/math tactic.