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The Georgia Tech Daniel Guggenheim School of Aerospace Engineering is proud to present the Science, Technology, and Engineering Pipeline (STEP) Summer Internship Program sponsored by Lockheed Martin, the Georgia Space Grant Consortium, and Georgia Tech’s Aerospace Systems Design Laboratory.

STEP 2020 cohort working remotely on their individual builds.

The STEP Program is an educational outreach program designed to provide hands-on engineering internships to Atlanta-area high school students. STEP is an immersion program for engineering. Students work in teams on a challenge problem that is inspired by an active Georgia Tech research effort. The students work with a Georgia Tech faculty mentor to solve their challenge problem. At the end of the program, students present the results of their work to parents, teachers, faculty, and industry representatives at a poster session.

STEP is different from the typical engineering summer camp in several key ways. The STEP program is fully funded through donations from industry partnerships, allowing students to participate at no charge, and making the camp accessible to everyone. The program challenges students to work on and contribute to real research problems. There is no pre-designed solution for them to achieve, and instead they are required to stretch their capabilities and challenge themselves in order to succeed. Students completing the program are rewarded with a sense of confidence and pride that helps them to succeed in future endeavors.

The 2021 STEP program runs 14 June – 1 July 2021. This year’s program will be held REMOTELY due to COVID. 

As best as possible, we have tried to be mindful of the burnout on virtual learning. We will send each student of the 2021 STEP cohort a kit of parts to build a robotic Mars Rover. During the program, we will host a 2 hour virtual session Monday through Thursday.

Week 1:  Participants will work with program mentors to build a baseline ground robot with basic functionality. Sessions will be in the format of hands-on tutorials, and participants will spend virtual sessions working hands-on to accomplish the baseline build.

Week 2: Participants will be given a design challenge and they will work to modify the baseline robot to meet the design challenge. Participants will work independently with the 2 hour sessions, share with other participants and mentors, and get assistance with challenges.

Week 3: Mentors will coach participants through the process of developing a technical presentation on their work.  On the last day, each participant will give a short presentation to a group of industry representatives about what they have accomplished during the program.

Students must be at least 16 years old by the start of the program to apply. Space is limited. Application window is 1 Feb – 19 March 2021. For more information contact: Dr. Kelly Griendling, K-12 Outreach Lead, Georgia Space Grant Consortium at kelly.griendling@gatech.edu

To be considered for the 2021 summer program, please complete the following application between 1 Feb and 19 March 2021. Selections will be announced 2 April 2021. 


Photos from the 2019 STEP program (in-person)

STEP 2019

Team T.O.A.D.S working on their 2019 project

2019 STEP teams ready to present at the final poster session.

Team Jermaine C working on their 2019 project

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STEP Camp 2019