SME Education Foundation expands technology camps


Dynamic opportunities for middle school students to learn more about career opportunities in manufacturing, engineering, science and technology at STEPS (Science, Technology & Engineering Preview Summer) camps are being expanded and accelerated by the Society of Manufacturing Engineers Education Foundation. Corporate funding has been provided by the Caterpillar Foundation, DaimlerChrysler Corporation and Ford Motor Company.

STEPS was created in 1997 at the University of Wisconsin-Stout, a Malcolm Baldrige award-winning university, as part of a major effort to attract more women and minorities into the field of engineering early in their academic life. Almost $1.3 million has been invested in STEPS to inspire more than 4,000 young people to explore careers. In 2006, STEPS camps will be held at 12 schools in 7 states.

For information and applications on the 2006 STEPS camps, contact the individual schools or visit .

Illinois :
Bradley University
Peoria, Ill.
Sponsor: Caterpillar Foundation
June 18-23 - a co-ed, day camp for 9th-12th grade students.
Contact: Richard L. Green at

Michigan :
Central Michigan University (New)
Mt. Pleasant, Mich.
July 17-21 - a day camp for 8th and 9th grade girls
Contact: David Kelly at

Gogebic Community College (New)
Ironwood, Mich.
July 24-29 (Possible 2nd week), a day camp for 6th--8th grade girls
Contact: Lorrie S. Stahl at

Grand Valley State University
Allendale, Mich.
June 19-22, June 26-29, a day camp for 7th grade girls - ages 11-13.
Contact: Margo Dill at

Oakland Community College (New)
Auburn Hills, Mich.
Sponsor: DaimlerChrysler Corporation
July 30-Aug. 5 - a residential camp for 10th - 12th grade girls (Minimum age 16).
Contact: Marikay L. Clancy at

University of Detroit Mercy
Detroit, Mich.
Sponsor: Ford Motor Company
June 18-23, June 25-30, a residential camp for 9th and 10th grade girls.
Contact: Dan Maggio at

Minnesota :
University of St. Thomas
St. Paul, Minn.
Middle School: June 25-29, July 9-13, July 16-20 and July 23-27 - a residential camp for 6th grade girls.
High School: June 18-22, a residential camp for 10th grade girls.
Contact: Jacki Kubal at

South Dakota :
South Dakota School of Mines and Technology (New)
Rapid City, S.D.
July 9-14, residential camp for 6th and 9th grade girls.
Contact: Nancy Anderson-Smith at

University of Wisconsin-Stout
Menomonie, Wis.
Middle School: July 9-13, July 16-23, July 23-27, July 30-Aug 3 - a residential camp for 10th grade girls.
High School: June 18-23, a residential camp for 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th grade girls.
Contact: Pete Heimdahl at

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