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 2017. The program is hosted and held by the University of St. Thomas, School of Engineering. Participants will engineer, make, connect with mentors, work in the engineering labs, unwind at the University of St. Thomas recreation facilities, work with engineering faculty and build resources that they can access throughout their high school careers. We hope to expose learners to potential engineering careers, college life and ignite an interest in science, technology, engineering and mathematics.

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 the University of St. Thomas School of Engineering
  • College-life experience at the University of St. Thomas 
Who?  Current 6th and 8th grade girls. Participants are selected randomly by lottery from all eligible applicants.
Program 1 - Monday, June 12 - 6th grade girls
Program 2 - Tuesday, June 13 - 6th grade girls
Program 3 - Wednesday, June 14 - 6th grade girls
Program 4 - Thursday, June 15 - 8th grade girls
Program 5 - Friday, June 16 - 8th grade girls
Daily Schedule 
8:00 am - 8:30 am Check in at University of St. Thomas
8:30 am - 6:00 pm Making and engineering, breakfast, lunch and dinner
6:00 pm - 6:30 pm Graduation ceremony with family at University of St. Thomas
How to apply? Applications will be open from December 15 through February 15.
STEPS will notify applicants of their acceptance or wait list status after March 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 


Jenna Laleman