Update: April 22, 2020
Above all, the University of Maryland is committed to the health and safety of our community.  Therefore, we have canceled the eMpower Tools Summer Program for Summer 2020.  If you are currently registered for the program, you will receive further communication from WIE staff shortly. 

We look forward to resuming the program in Summer 2021.  We wish you health, safety, and well-being during this uncertain time. 

Program Overview

For rising 7th and 8th graders
The eMpower Tools Summer Program is focused on enhancing self-efficacy and teamwork skills in middle school-aged girls by teaching them to use power tools safely and effectively to accomplish a project goal. The week-long, commuter summer program aims to strengthen participants’ sense of confidence and ability, and it also exposes participants to the field of engineering in the hopes of inspiring their career aspirations. Additionally, this summer program will provide girls the opportunity to engage with current engineering students, specifically women, and professionals in the field who can serve as role models and mentors.

Goals of eMpower Tools

  • Enhance self-efficacy through building independence and confidence.
  • Strengthen teamwork skills.
  • Build enthusiasm in the possibility of pursuing a career in engineering.
  • Provide mentorship and role models to participants who are interested in STEM career fields. 

eMpower Tools Curriculum

Participants in eMpower Tools will gain hands-on experience using power tools in a University of Maryland machine shop to build structures that they have designed.  After learning tool safety and rules of operation, participants will individually build a small project that they will be able to take home with them at the end of the session. Upon completion of their small, individual project, participants will work collaboratively to design and build a group project which they will present on the last day of the program. Undergraduate engineering students will serve as summer program interns and provide support, guidance, and encouragement in an effort to help participants have an enriching experience.  They will also serve as mentors and role models to the middle school-aged girls. 
Please note that safety is our first priority and any behavior that puts our program participants, staff, or administration at risk will not be tolerated.  

CANCELED: 2020 Summer Program Dates and Times

CANCELED: Session Dates:  Monday, July 6 - Friday, July 10, 2020
Daily Hours:  9:00pm - 3:30pm
*Please note that this program does not offer before or after-care options. Therefore, we kindly ask you to plan your schedule accordingly.  
To Register for eMpower, please visit: eMpower Tools is CANCELED for summer 2020
The Summer Program Registration link will direct you to a registration system called CampDoc. CampDoc is run through DocNetwork, LLC.  You will be prompted to "sign up" in order to register. For technical questions related to CampDoc, please contact DocNetwork, LLC directly during regular business hours.  
The eMpower Tools program cost for summer 2020 is $425.00. The $425.00 covers all project materials. Students should plan to bring their own lunch from home. 
Scholarship opportunities are available to students based on financial need. When you begin the registration process, you will prompted to indicate if you wish to be considered for a a scholarship.  
Cancellation Policy:  Once registration is complete and you have submitted payment for eMpower Tools, we will not be able to refund your payment if your student is no longer able to attend.

Registration: Opens Saturday, February 1, 2020
Full Payment Due: Friday, May 15, 2020
CANCELED: eMpower Tool Program Dates:  Monday, July 6, - Friday, July 10, 2020

Contact Information

Becky Kenemuth
Assistant Director, Outreach and Recruitment 
Women in Engineering Program
Phone: 301-405-3283
Email: rzonies@umd.edu