Apply Now for the 2021 Science, Technology, and Engineering Preview Summer (STEPS) Camp!

January 07, 2021

Apply Now for the 2021 Science, Technology, and Engineering Preview Summer (STEPS) Camp!

The Grand Valley State University Science, Technology, and Engineering Preview Summer (STEPS) Camp is now accepting applications for 2021! STEPS Camp is a fun and engaging week-long introduction to the world of science, technology, and engineering through the lens of aviation for participants between the ages of 11-13, currently in the 6th grade, and entering 7th grade in the fall of 2021.

The summer 2021 camp will be a remote delivery experience filled with live Zoom classes, virtual field trips, hands-on activities, and the building of a model airplane glider. Students will be provided with a fully-stocked kit of materials and tools so that they can build and play along with the curriculum. Working in teams of roughly ten to twelve students, campers will be led by Grand Valley students serving as counselors. The format of STEPS Camp will switch to face-to-face if conditions allow. The decision of a remote or face-to-face delivery will be made before campers are notified of acceptance.


Camp Dates:

June 14-18, 2021 for Battle Creek Public School students only

June 21-25, 2021 for all other students


Apply now to participate! Apply online at the STEPS website or postmark your application (printable application available on the STEPS website) no later than March 12, 2021.


Mail to:


301 Fulton Street West, EC 101

Grand Rapids, MI 49504


Campers will be selected at random from all eligible applicants. Accepted applicants will receive an information packet from the STEPS camp containing specific registration information. There is a $75 registration fee due upon acceptance to camp. Do not pay the registration fee now. Full scholarships are available. After being notified of acceptance to camp, contact Sara Maas, GVSU Padnos College of Engineering & Computing Outreach Coordinator, at (616) 331-6025 for scholarship details.

We are grateful to our federal and corporate sponsors for their generous support of STEPS Camp! Funding is provided by Arconic, Bosch, General Electric, Gentex Corporation, Howmet Aerospace Foundation, NASA Michigan Space Grant Consortium, Parker Hannifin, Pratt & Whitney, Society of Manufacturing Engineers Education Foundation, West Michigan Aviation Academy, and the W.K. Kellogg Foundation.

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