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Stepping Stones To Your Future (SSTYF)


Program Overview:

Stepping Stones to your future is a one-week engineering summer camp for rising 7th and 8th women. Hosted by the Women in Engineering Program (WIE) at the University of Maryland, this camp is a unique opportunity for young women who are interested in science and engineering to explore various engineering disciplines and develop mentorship relationships with current University of Maryland engineering students. Participants will engage in hands-on activities, laboratory experiments, informative workshops, and team challenges as a means for learning about the professional field and societal impacts of engineering. Past activities include reverse engineering, building and testing bridges, and launching water rockets. All activities will be supervised by current engineering students and conducted in a safe learning environment at the University of Maryland.  

Note: This is NOT a credit-bearing program. It is meant to introduce students to the different disciplines and societal impacts of engineering. The mission of SSTYF is to inspire interest in STEM professions, strengthen student self-confidence, and foster community among women who are interested in STEM.  

Goals of Stepping Stones To Your Future:

  • Engage participants in hands-on experiences and activities to inform them about the field of engineering. 
  • Increase understanding of the many ways that engineers positively impact society.  
  • Build community among women who are interested in STEM.
  • Strengthen self-confidence among women middle school students as they explore engineering as a possible profession.
  • Foster mentorship relationships between middle school and college students.  

Program Dates and Times:

Monday, July 9, 2018 - Friday, July 13, 2018. 

SSTYF Camp Hours: 9:00 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. 


SSTYF program cost is $400.00. The $400.00 covers all project materials and morning and afternoon snacks. Students should plan to bring their own lunch from home. 

Scholarship opportunities are available to students based on financial need. Scholarship applications will be available to students who have been admitted into the program.  

*Payment is due at time of enrollment.

Cancellation Policy

Once enrollment for SSTYF is complete, we will not be able to refund your payment if your student is no longer able to attend.

Registration and Application Information

Registration is now CLOSED! If your student is interested in participating in Stepping Stones we encourage you to sign up fopr our Stepping Stones Wait list.

Students on our waitlist must have a teacher submit a letter of recommendation on their behalf. 

A completed application package must include the following items:

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

Personal Statement addressing the following prompt (to be completed in the online form): 
In 250 words or less, please explain "Why are interested in participating in SSTYF, and what are you 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. 

Teacher Recommendation Form:

You will need a completed recommendation form from a teacher to complete your application.  Please provide your recommender with the link (, so that they can complete an online recommendation form. Only 1 letter will be read along with your application. 

Decisions Released: Admissions decisions for students on our waitlist will be released on a rolling basis beginning in early-to-mid May. 

Contact Information

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