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Science, Technology, and Engineering Pipeline (STEP) 

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, 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 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 2023 STEP program has expanded to include an additional location in south Georgia:

  • 4C Academy in Albany from 19 June through 30 June 2023
  • Georgia Tech main campus in Atlanta from 10 July through 21 July 2023

Both 2023 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. 


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

To be considered for the 2023 GTAE STEP cohort, you will need to complete the application before the 19 March 2023 deadline.  

For more information contact: Dr. Kelly Griendling, K-12 Outreach Lead, Georgia Space Grant Consortium at kelly.griendling@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