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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

SATURDAY NOVEMBER 10, 2018 |  10:00 am- 3:30 pm



Program Location

KEYs will take place in the Computer Science Instructional Center (CSIC). To find the building using your GPS, use the following address:
Computer Science Instructional Center (CSIC)
8169 Paint Branch Drive
College Park, MD 20740
Parking Information:
The closest FREE parking to CSIC is available in lot 11b (see map below). This lot is near the Xfinity Center in the north-east corner of campus. Parking in lot 11b is permitted for free on weekends.  
It is important that you follow parking restrictions, as parking is rather strict on campus. Unfortunately, we are not able to assist if you receive a parking violation.  
Directions to lot 11b and CSIC:
From the main entrance of campus:
  • Once you enter campus, make the first right onto Paint Branch Drive. 
  • Lot 11B is located on your right at the 2nd stop sign - the Xfinity Center is on your left.
  • Once you've parked, walk back down Paint Brand Drive (from where you just came)
  • CSIC is tucked back, behind a large building under construction.
Drop Off & Pick Up
Parents and guardians are encouraged to drop participants off for the day, as we want to provide an environment that allows for collaboration and teamwork among peers.  
We hope that you will return in time to join us for the closing ceremony at 3:00 p.m.
If you are unable to attend the ceremony, please make sure to pick up participants at 3:30 PM, no later than 3:45 PM. 

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

Registration for our Fall 2018 program is now closed. To be added to our waitlist, please contact

OPENS MONDAY OCTOBER 8, 2018. 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

  •  Online Application
  • Registration Fee of $25.00 for each registered participant, which can be submitted online once regsitration is complete. 
  •  Fall 2018 Flyer [pdf] 

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