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Middle School: KEYs to Empowering Youth Program

Program Overview

KEYs participants with Ms. Amanda PrescottKEYs participants with Ms. Amanda Prescott, Safety Compliance Engineer (NHTSA)

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. The KEYs program provides interactive, hands-on activities that stress the importance of engineering, science and technology and their impact on society.

View the 2016 KEYs Program Flyer [pdf]


Sample Program

KEYs ParticipantsIn the KEYs program, female scientists and engineers will lead you through interactive presentations and exciting workshops. You will engage in fun, hands-on activities that will make you look at math, science and engineering in a new light!

  1. Welcome and Icebreaker
  2. Speed Networking
  3. Lunch
  4. Groups rotate through hands on science and engineering activities (samples below)
    • Hypercoasters
    • Chemical Reactions
    • Circuits
    • Frictional Forces
  5. Closing Ceremony: Includes an interactive review of the day's activities and recognition for participation(Parents are strongly urged to attend this session).

KEYs ParticipantsProgram Date

Saturday, April 8, 2017
10:00 am - 3:30 pm
University of Maryland, College Park


There is a $20 registration fee which includes the cost of a pizza lunch and activity supplies. Please do not include the registration fee at the time of application. Instructions for payment will be provided with registration confirmation. 

Program Application

Application: Application can be found here.

Application for KEYs 2017 is not yet available. 

Registration for KEYs is on a first come, first serve basis. Space in the program is limited, so please be aware that successful submission of the registration form does not guarantee your girl a spot in the program. Returning KEYs participants are welcome to apply but preference is given to students who have not participated in the KEYs program before. Please send in your completed registration form as soon as possible to secure a spot in the program.

Upon confirmation for the program, please complete the Permission Form [pdf] and mail it in with the registration fee.

Contact Information

Julia Anderson, KEYs Coordinator
Office: 1131 Glenn L. Martin Hall
Phone: 301-405-0315