Apply today for STEPS Engineering Camp for Students Currently in 6th Grade

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The Grand Valley State University Science, Technology, and Engineering Preview Summer (STEPS) Camp is now accepting applications for 2023!

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 2023.

The summer 2023 camp will be held on the downtown campus of Grand Valley State University. The experience will be filled with educational classes, field trips, hands-on activities, and the building of a model airplane glider.

Science Technology & Engineering Preview Summer (STEPS) Camp is a day-camp preview of science, engineering and technology for rising 7th grade students.  The theme of airplane flight is utilized to integrate technical classes and recreational activities, all the while encouraging social development and personal growth.  The students, in teams of roughly twelve, each manufacture and assemble a radio controlled airplane with the assistance of teachers, counselors, and volunteers.  By the end of the week, the students fly their airplanes at a sanctioned fly field, with the help of certified pilots.  Throughout the week, they learn theory of flight, utilize manufacturing equipment and tools, and ultimately learn a lot more about their own personal capabilities and potential.

Camp Dates:
June 12-15, 2023
June 19-22, 2023

How to apply

Deadline to apply is March 31, 2023


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 Whitehall Operations, 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.

For more information, please contact Sara Maas at [email protected]

Page last modified March 8, 2023