Science, Technology, & Engineering Preview Summer (STEPS)

Science, Technology, and Engineering Preview Summer (STEPS) is an introduction to the exciting world of science, technology and engineering.

Girls with STEPS project 2014

Building on the success of the STEPS programs hosted at the University of St. Thomas since 2000, five engineering day programs will be offered in the summer 2016. The program will begin and end at the Arlington Hills Community Center in St. Paul, MN and include a trip to the University of St. Thomas, School of Engineering. At the Arlington Hills Community Center STEPS participants will utilize the Createch Studio, as they connect with mentors and resources that they can access throughout their high school careers. At the University of St. Thomas participants will work in the engineering labs and unwind with University of St. Thomas recreation facilities with engineering students and faculty. We hope to expose children to potential engineering careers, college life and ignite an interest in science/technology/engineering.

Boy and Girl CreateTech pic

Utilizing the Createch Studio's equipment, including a 3D printer, we will be connecting young students in the neighborhood with mentors and resources they can access throughout their high school careers.  

STEPS features:

  • An opportunity to learn more about what engineers do
  • Workshops taught by instructors with extensive backgrounds in engineering, technology, science and education
  • Hands-on experience with high-tech equipment and processes at CreaTech and the University of St. Thomas School of Engineering
  • College-life experience at the University of St. Thomas 
Who?  Students going into 7th grade and girls going into 9th grade in the fall of 2016. 
Participants are selected randomly by lottery from all eligible applicants.
 
When? 
Wednesday, June 29 - rising 7th grade girls (currnet 6th grade girls)
Wednesday, July 6 - rising 7th grade girls (current 6th grade girls)
Wednesday, July 13 - rising 9th grade girls (current 8th grade girls)
Wednesday, August 3 - 7th grade girls and boys (current 6th grade girls and boys)
Wednesday, August 10 - 7th grade boys (current 6th grade boys)
 
Schedule for rising 7th grade (current 6th grade) on June 29, July 6, August 3, or August 10?
8:00 - 8:30 am Check in at Arlington Hills Community Center 
8:30 - 9:30 am Breakfast, team building
9:30 - 11:30 am Laser cutting and circuitry projects
11:30 - 12:30 Lunch and games outside 
12:30 - 2:30 pm Laser cutting and circuitry projects
2:30 - 3:30 pm Bus from Arlington Hills Community Center to
University of St. Thomas
3:30 - 4:30 pm Snack and bowling at University of St. Thomas
4:30 - 6:30 pm UST School of Engineering scavenger hunt and CNC project
6:30 - 7:30 pm Dinner at University of St. Thomas School of Engineering with Engineering Professors and Students
7:30 - 8:15 pm Bus from University of St. Thomas to
Arlington Hills Community Center
8:15 - 8:45 pm Graduation ceremony with family at Arlington Hills Community Center
 
Schedule for rising 9th grade (current 8th grade) girls on July 13
8:00 am - 8:30 am Check in at University of St. Thomas
8:30 am - 8:15 pm Advanced making and engineering, breakfast, lunch and dinner
8:15 pm - 8:45 pm Graduation ceremony with family at University of St. Thomas
 
How to apply? Apply now - the application is due by April 22.
STEPS will notify applicants of their acceptance or wait list status after May 15.
We will not be able to respond to status requests before this date.
Please provide a frequently checked email on the application. 
 
Cost? STEPS is FREE! (There is no cost to you.)

 

For more information on STEPS, please contact:

Dr. Deborah Besser, University of St. Thomas
email: STEPSCamp@stthomas.edu 

or

Marika Staloch, Saint Paul Public Library
email: marika.staloch@ci.stpaul.mn.us