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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 2022 STEP program runs 11 July – 22 July 2022, 9:30a – 3pm. This year’s program will back on campus, hosted by GT Aerospace Engineering. 

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, participants 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 the 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. Application window is 20 Jan – 18 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 2022 summer program, please complete the following application between 20 Jan and 18 March 2022. Selections will be announced 4 April 2022. 

 

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