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Science, Technology, and Engineering Program (STEP) 

The Georgia Tech Daniel Guggenheim School of Aerospace Engineering is proud to present the Science, Technology, and Engineering Program (STEP) Summer Internship Program sponsored by Lockheed Martin, Boeing, the Georgia Center of Innovation for Aerospace, 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 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 program 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.

PLEASE NOTE: STEP is a 2-week day program, NOT a 2-week residential program. Students are responsible for transportation to and from the program each day. 

The 2024 STEP program will include the following sessions:  

  • 4C Academy in Albany from June 3 – 14, 2024
  • Georgia Tech main campus in Atlanta from July 8 – 19, 2024

Both 2024 cohorts will be given an open ended engineering challenge problem, and they will work in teams to design and prototype a solution. At the end of their two weeks, they will present to a panel of academia and industry representatives. 

Click here to apply (Deadline for the Albany session extended through March 31, 2024)

Deadline for the Atlanta session closed on March 22, 2024.

Acceptance letters for the Atlanta Camp will be sent via email beginning on April 3, 2024.

Participants must be Georgia residents at least 16 years old by the start of the program to apply. Space is limited.

To be considered for the 2024 GTAE STEP cohort, you must complete the application before the 2024 deadline.  

For more information contact: GT AE Outreach at outreach@gatech.edu


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