STEPS Camper by plane

STEPS Camp group photograph

STEPS Campers with their planes

Thank you to all of our sponsors for a wonderful STEPS season!!


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.

Camper flying a plane with a pilot

Retrieving a plane after flight

STEPS 2020 Participants

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

Shelby Harrison (STEPS Administration)

101 Eberhard Center 

301 Fulton Street West

Grand Rapids, MI  49504

(616) 331-6025