In the summer of 2019, a complaint against the STEPS program was filed with the Federal Office of Civil Rights due to the single-sex nature of the camp. We are still waiting for a decision on that challenge; however, going forward, it has been decided that in the interest of preserving STEPS’ foundational mission, the time has come to sunset the STEPS program and move STEM youth outreach at UW-Stout in a new direction.
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What was STEPS for Girls?
Science, Technology and Engineering Preview Summer (STEPS) at UW-Stout was a five-day residential summer camp for girls between their 6th and 7th grades in school. STEPS for Girls aimed to build confidence in young women by structuring their participation in STEM-related activities. The hands-on activities and the high-energy environment were designed to inspire both confidence and enthusiasm.
Do you have a favorite memory from your STEPS experience?
We want to record and document the history of STEPS for Girls through your testimonials and comments. Use the link below to submit your memories and testimonials about your STEPS summer camp experience.
We also want to know if you pursued a degree or career in science, technology, or engineering. Tell us about your degree/career and how STEPS influenced you to pursue this path.
What people have said about STEPS for Girls
"Her self-confidence has skyrocketed to the moon... She is a real leader and go-getter the last couple years."