To all of our STEPS Camp 2021 Participants, Parents and Educators:
It is with a heavy heart that the decision has been made to cancel all of the summer 2021 STEPS camps. We look forward to offering the program again in 2022 and hope that you can join us then. Be safe, stay strong and we will come back to rebuild for our learners!
Deborah Besser, PE(CA), PhD
School of Engineering
Civil Engineering, Chair
Center for Engineering Education, Director


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.

Building on the success of the STEPS programs hosted at the University of St. Thomas since 2000, engineering one-day programs are offered in the summer. It is a no-cost engineering program for girls who are currently in 6th or 8th grade. The programs are hosted by and held at the University of St. Thomas, School of Engineering in St. Paul, MN.

Participants will engineer, make, connect with mentors, work in the engineering labs, unwind at the University of St. Thomas recreation facilities, and work with engineering faculty to 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 one-day camps feature:

  • An opportunity for girls to learn more about what engineers do and make new friends.
  • 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 and recreation at the University of St. Thomas. 

Who can participate? 

Girls who are currently in 6th or 8th grade are eligible to apply. Participants are selected randomly by lottery from all eligible applicants.

When are STEPS one-day camps?

STEPS one-day camps are typically scheduled in June. At this time, due to COVID-19, we do not know whether we will be able to offer STEPS one-day camps in the summer of 2021.

Any cost? 

STEPS is free for all participants.

When can I register? 

An online application will be posted once we have made a decision on whether we are able to offer the camps. Please check back as we will update this page as soon as we have a decision. Thank you for your interest.

For more information on STEPS, please contact:

Tami Brass


Dr. Deborah Besser