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, five engineering one-day programs will be offered in the summer 2018. 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?
Dates for 2018:
Program 1 - Monday, June 11 - 6th grade girls
Program 2 - Tuesday, June 12 - 6th grade girls
Program 3 - Wednesday, June 13 - 6th grade girls
Program 4 - Thursday, June 14 - 8th grade girls
Program 5 - Friday, June 15 - 8th grade girls
Daily Schedule 
8:00 am - 8:30 am Check in at University of St. Thomas
8:30 am - 6:00 pm Engineering activities, design challenge, breakfast and lunch
6:00 pm - 6:15 pm Family pick up
Any cost? STEPS is free for all participants.

READY TO APPLY? Complete the online application between March 1st and April 1st, 2018.

When will I know if I have been selected?
STEPS will notify applicants of their acceptance or wait list status after the application period has closed. By the beginning of May 2018 you should receive notification of your acceptance status. We will not be able to respond to status requests before this date. Please provide a frequently checked email on the application so we may update you. Accepted applicants will receive an information packet from the University of St. Thomas via email.
For more information on STEPS, please contact:

Jenna Laleman 

Anna Miller


Dr. Deborah Besser