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Program Overview

For rising 7th - 9th graders
The Women in Engineering Program in the A. James Clark School of Engineering at the University of Maryland (UMD) is excited to offer the WIE emPower summer program geared toward rising 7th - 9th grade girls, but open to all, who are interested in exploring engineering through hands-on making.  This week-long, commuter summer program aims to strengthen participants’ sense of confidence and ability as well as teamwork skills as they learn how to use power tools and digital design and fabrication resources to create their take home projects. Participants are introduced to the field of engineering through engaging lessons and hands-on projects as well as conversations with faculty, staff, and students in the Clark School of Engineering.

Program Curriculum

Participants in WIE emPower will gain hands-on experience using power tools and digital design and fabrication equipment  (e.g. CAD, 3D printers, laser cutters, etc.) in various makerspaces at the University of Maryland as they create a take home project.  After learning tool and equipment safety and rules of operation, participants will make a project that they will be able to take home with them at the end of the session. Undergraduate engineering students will serve as summer program interns and provide support, guidance, and encouragement to help provide participants an enriching experience.  

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.  

Typical Day

9:00 AM - 12:00 PM   Instruction and Project Work
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM   Lunch
1:00 PM - 3:30 PM      Instruction and Project Work

Program Goals

  • 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 fields
Session Dates:  Monday, July 24 - Friday, July 28, 2023
Daily Hours:  9:00 AM - 3:30 PM
*Please note that this program does not offer before or after-care options. Therefore, we kindly ask you to plan your schedule accordingly.  
The WIE emPower summer 2023 program cost is $500. This fee covers all project materials. Students should plan to bring their own lunch from home. 
The Women in Engineering Program is committed to providing access to our programs independent of an individual's financial circumstances. Scholarships are available to admitted participants with demonstrated financial need. Once admission notifications are made, participants will receive information on scholarship opportunities as well as payment procedures.
Cancellation Policy:  Once registration is complete and you have submitted payment for WIE emPower, we will not be able to refund your payment if your student is no longer able to attend.
Applications for the 2023 WIE emPower summer program have closed.
As part of the application, you will be prompted to:
  • Share about your interest in engineering and the WIE emPower program.
  • Explain why you feel diversity, equity, and inclusion are important to the engineering community.
  • Upload a recent report card.
  • Submit an online STEM teacher recommendation form.

Contact Information

Jen Bishop
Assistant Director, Outreach and Recruitment 
Women in Engineering Program
Phone: 301-405-0315
Email: jbishop6@umd.edu