WIE Change the World! An Introduction to Engineering

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2022 Virtual Summer Program:
WIE Change the World! An Introduction to Engineering

Program Overview

The Women in Engineering Program in the A. James Clark School of Engineering at the University of Maryland (UMD) is excited to offer a virtual summer program geared toward high school-aged women, but open to all, who are considering majoring in engineering and potentially pursuing it as a career.  This week-long virtual program will introduce participants to the various disciplines of engineering through engaging lessons and lectures, hands-on activities, and conversations with faculty, staff, and students in the Clark School of Engineering.

Each day will begin with an engaging introduction to an engineering discipline (i.e. Mechanical, Electrical, Civil, Bioengineering).  You will then be guided through socially-guided hands-on activities to illustrate basic engineering concepts and the interdisciplinary nature of engineering. At the conclusion of each morning session, you will be presented with a “daily hands-on activity challenge” that is expected to take an additional hour outside of virtual class time.  The products of these overnight activities will be showcased with the rest of the group at the beginning of the next day.

After the formal program, you will have the optional opportunity to engage in a virtual lunch conversation that will be facilitated by current UMD engineering students. Our UMD engineering students look forward to speaking with you and learning about your interests, aspirations, and big dreams. While conversations will be informal, they will be monitored, facilitated, and managed by summer program staff to ensure they are a welcoming, inclusive, and respectful environment.

Each evening, WIE summer program interns will host optional Office Hours. Office Hours a virtual space where you can ask questions and obtain support as you work on your “daily hands-on activity challenge.”  Office Hours are also an opportunity for you to informally connect, play games, and spend time together.  

The primary goals of this virtual program are to:

  • Introduce high school-aged students to various disciplines of engineering 
  • Showcase the interdisciplinary nature of engineering
  • Gain experience with hands-on engineering design projects
  • Foster community among like-minded students who are interested in engineering
  • Build mentor relationships between high school students and current UMD engineering student

*this is not a credit bearing program. It is meant to introduce high school-aged students to various disciplines in engineering and the interdisciplinary nature of the profession.  


Catherine Hamel Keystone

Ms. Catherine Hamel
Keystone Instructor
Adjunct Lecturer
Department of Fire Protection Engineering

Program Dates:

Monday, July 11 , 2022 - Friday, July 15, 2022 
(rising 11th and 12th grades, only)

Monday, July 18, 2022 - Friday, July 22, 2022
(rising 9th, 10th, 11th, & 12th grades)

Program Days: Monday - Friday
Program Times: 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. daily
Optional Lunch Conversation and Facilitated Community Building: 12:00 p.m. - 12:45 p.m. daily
Optional Office Hours and Meet & Greet Evenings, Daily  (Time TBA)

The 2022 Virtual Summer Program cost is $250

The program fee includes access to the virtual learning classroom, participation in virtual community lunch gatherings and office hours.  

The Women in Engineering Program is committed to providing access to our programs independent of an individual's financial circumstances. Scholarships are available to participants with demonstrated financial need. Please email women_in_engineering@umd.edu for more information. 

Participation in this virtual program will require:

  • Laptop Computer/Desktop Computer/Tablet
  • Broadband (high-speed) Internet connection with a consistent minimum speed of 1.5 Mbps.
  • A Webcam and/or Microphone for use during live sessions on Zoom.  
  • Access to a web browser on the device.

There will be a series of hands-on activities conducted during the program. Participants that complete the registration process prior to May 30, 2022 will receive a packet of materials as part of their registration fee. Participants registering after May 30, 2022 will be provided with a materials list and will be responsibile for purchasing their own materials before the program begins.

The application process for summer 2022 has closed. The summer 2023 application process will open mid-January 2023.  

All cancellation requests must be submitted at least 3 weeks prior to the program start date. Cancellations less than 3 weeks from the start date are not eligible for a refund. Refunds are subject to a $50 cancellation/administration fee per registration. 

There are no credits or refunds for missed days due to changed work or vacation schedules, sick days, or other non-emergency reasons. However, we recognize that extenuating circumstances exist. For cancellations due to extenuating circumstances, please contact women_in_engineering@umd.edu.