2021 Virtual Summer Program: WIE Change the World! An Introduction to Engineering

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2021 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 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.  

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
  • 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 12 , 2021 - Friday, July 16, 2021 
(rising 11th and 12th Gr, only)

Monday, July 19, 2021 - Friday, July 23, 2021
(rising 9th, 10th, 11th, & 12th)

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 2021 Virtual Summer Program cost is $250

The program fee includes access to the virtual learning classroom, as well as participation in virtual community lunch gatherings and office hours.  This fee DOES NOT include materials to support the hands-on activities.  A material list will be provided to registrants prior to the start of the program.  Each participant will be responsible for obtaining the necessary materials, and they are anticipated to cost no more than $75. 

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. If you wish to participate in the program, but are unable to fully pay the program fee or purchase the materials, please contact us at women_in_engineering@umd.edu

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.

Step One: Complete Registration Form

Registration is now closed!  

July 12 - July 16, 2021
for rising 11th and 12th graders only

July 19 - July 23, 2021
for rising 9th, 10th, 11th, and 12th graders

Step Two: Submit Payment ($250)

Submit the full $250 Payment. Upon completion of the Program Registration Form, you will be prompted to the UMD Payment Portal to submit payment. Your spot in the program is not secured until you have submitted payment.   

If you wish to be considered for a scholarship based on financial need, please fully complete the registration form and then email women_in_engineering@umd.edu

All cancelation requests must be submitted at least 3 weeks prior to the program start date. Cancelations less than 3 weeks from the start date are not eligible for a refund. Refunds are subject to a $50 cancelation/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.

We recognize that extenuating circumstances exist. For cancellations due to extenuating circumstances, please contact women_in_engineering@umd.edu.