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Middle School: Stepping Stones To Your Future


Students construct a bridge during Stepping Stones to Your Future Stepping Stones


Program Overview

Stepping Stones to your future is an annual summer engineering camp for rising 7th and 8th women. Offered by the University of Maryland, College Park, this one-week commuter camp is an excellent opportunity for young women who are interested in science and engineering to work with current University of Maryland students on a variety of fun and hands-on engineering activities.

Stepping Stones will provide you with the knowledge necessary to answer: 

  • “What is engineering?”
  • “How does engineering relate to the environment?”
  • “Do I want to be an engineer someday?”

Program Dates

SSTYF 2018 will take place from Monday, July 9, 2018 - Friday, July 13, 2018. 

Program Details

Stepping Stones to Your Future participants will engage in fun, hands-on activities to learn about engineering, science, and teamwork. All activities are led by our camp counselors who are current engineering students at the University of Maryland.

Some of our past activities include reverse engineering, building and testing bridges, and launching water rockets.

Take a look at our flyer and brochure for more information! 


The program cost is $400.00 for each participant covers all project materials, transportation once on campus, and morning and afternoon snakcs. Students should plan to bring their own lunch from home. 

Full and partial scholarship opportunities are available to students. Both full and partial scholarship opportunities are based on financial need. 

*Payment is due at time of enrollment 

Program Application

Application Available: TBD

Application Deadline: TBD

Decision Release: TBD

A completed application package must include the following items:

Online Form(To be completed by the student and parent/guardian)

Student's Personal Statement addressing the following prompt (to be completed in the online form): In 250 words or less, please explain why you are interested in participating in Stepping Stones and what you are hoping to gain from this experience if you are accepted.
NOTE: Please check your spelling and grammar before submitting. We recommend writing a draft in a Word document to copy and paste into the form upon completion. 

Completed Teacher Recommendation Form
Current science or math teachers must fill out a recommendation for each applicant. Teachers can elect to submit an online recommendation here.                  

Incomplete applications will not be considered.

Please feel free to contact us about the status of your application package.

Contact Information

Ivan Lamas-Sanchez, SSTYF Coordinator
Office: 1131 Glenn L. Martin Hall
Phone: 301-405-0315