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Middle School: KEYs to Empowering Youth Program

Program Overview

KEYs participants competing during the Balloon Rocket Car Lab

KEYs to Empowering Youth is a science and technology mentoring program for girls in grades 6-8 designed to provide them with the opportunity to meet and work with women studying and working in science and engineering at the University of Maryland. The KEYs program provides interactive, hands-on activities that stress the importance of engineering, science, technology, and their impact on society by working with current students.



KEYs Participants

The KEYs Program Includes:

1) Welcome and Icebreaker
2) Lunch
3) A chance to engage in a variety of hands-on engineering activities (samples below)

      - Hypercoasters
      - Chemical Reactions
      - Circuits
      - Frictional Forces

4) Closing Ceremony: Includes an interactive review of the day's activities and recognition for participation (Parents/guardians are strongly encouraged to attend).

KEYs ParticipantsProgram Date


Cost and Payment

There is a $25.00 registration fee per participant to cover the cost of a pizza lunch and activity supplies. Upon the completion and successful submission of online registration, you will be asked to submit payment of $25.00 per participant. Please note that if you registered more than one participant, you will need to use the same weblink to submit the registration fee for the second student as well.

If you are unable to pay $25.00 at the time of registration please inform Sama Sabihi at as soon as possible.    

Registration Information

 To be added to our waitlist, please contact

OPENS FRIDAY FEBRUARY 8th: In addition registration is on a first come, first serve basis. Space in the program is limited, so please be aware that successful submission of the application does not guarantee your girl a spot in the program. WIE will not accept participants after the application window is closed if they are not already on the waiting list, nor will WIE accept registrants on site the day of the event. Returning KEYs participants are welcome to apply. Please fill out the KEYs application as soon as possible to secure a spot in the program. 

Program Application

Contact Information
Sama Sabihi, Graduate Coordinator
Office: 1131 Glenn L. Martin Hall
Phone: 301-405-0315