All face-to-face STEPS Camps for Summer 2020 have been changed to a virtual camp experience

Session 1: July 6 - July 24, reserved for Battle Creek Public School students

Session 2: July 27 - August 14 (camp is full)

Welcome to STEPS at Grand Valley State University!

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.


STEPS Camp is gender inclusive. This video from 2014 showcases some of the activities that campers do while at camp.

STEPS is made possible through Federal, Foundation, and private funding

Contact Us

Sara Maas (Director)

Innovation Design Center

227 Winter Ave. NW

Grand Rapids, MI  49504

(616) 331-6025

Ryan Aldridge (Lead Technician)

Innovation Design Center

227 Winter Ave. NW

Grand Rapids, MI  49504

(616) 331-6025

Lora Moomey (Administration)

Eberhard Center

310 Fulton Street West

Grand Rapids, MI  49504

(616) 331-6025