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Middle School: Stepping Stones To Your Future

Program Overview

Stepping StonesStepping Stones to your future is an annual summer engineering camp for rising 7th and 8th graders, offered by the University of Maryland, College Park. This one-week commuter camp is an excellent opportunity for young men and 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.

Some questions Stepping Stones to your future will help you answer:

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

Program Dates

Stepping Stones ParticipantsSummer 2017 Program Dates 

Session I: July 17-21, 2017- Girl identified participants only
Session II: July 24-28, 2017- Coed (Boy and Girl)
9:00 am - 3:30 pm, daily

Program Details

Students construct a bridge during Stepping Stones to Your FutureStepping 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.

More information about the  2017 program will be available soon


The program cost is $425 for each participant. This fee is due upon acceptance to the program; please do NOT send the fee with the application. Full and partial scholarships are available based on financial need.

Program Application

Application Available: Wednesday, February 1, 2017

Application Deadline: Friday, March 31, 2017

A completed application package must include the following items:

  • Online Form
    (To be completed by the student and parent/guardian)
  • Student's personal statement expressing their interest and expectations if accepted into the Stepping Stones program.
    (To be completed by the student online in Online Form)
    NOTE: Please check your spelling and grammar before submitting
  • Completed Teacher Recommendation Form [pdf]
    (To be completed by a current math or science teacher)

    Please mail the teacher recommendation to:
    Women in Engineering - SSTYF
    1131 Glenn L. Martin Hall
    College Park, MD 20742

Incomplete applications will not be considered. Please feel free to contact us about the status of your application package.

Contact Information

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