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Igniting an interest in STEM for girls in grades 6th and 8th

STEPS Program

Science, Technology, and Engineering Preview Summer (STEPS) Program

STEPS Program is an introduction to the exciting world of science, technology, and engineering. We hope to expose learners to potential engineering careers, college life and ignite an interest in science, technology, engineering and mathematics.

These summer day-long engineering programs are available at no-cost for girls who are 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 engineer, make, connect with mentors, create projects 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.

For more information about the STEPS Program, please contact us at CEE@stthomas.edu.

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Benefits for Girls Who Join the STEPS Program

  • Gain knowledge about what engineers do.
  • Learn from instructors with extensive backgrounds in STEAM education.
  • Participate in hands-on workshops with high-tech equipment and processes.
  • Make new friends and gain college-life experience and recreation at St. Thomas.

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Who, When, Where and How Much?


  • Girls who are in 6th or 8th grade are eligible to apply and are selected randomly by lottery.
  • STEPS one-day programs at St. Thomas are typically scheduled in June.
  • For summer 2023, the one-day camps are available for 6th and 8th grade girls on June 12 - 16, 2023.   
  • Camp begins at 9:00 AM and ends at 3:30 PM.
  • STEPS is free for all participants.
  • Applicants will be notified in May whether or not they have been accepted to the STEPS program.
  • COVID-19 and Campus Readiness - Guest Information: All campus guests should be aware of St. Thomas' COVID-19 vaccine policy. 

Apply to the STEPS Program