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Middle School: KEYs to Empowering Youth Program

Program Overview

KEYs participants with Ms. Amanda PrescottKEYs participants with Ms. Amanda Prescott, Safety Compliance Engineer (NHTSA)

KEYs to Empowering Youth is a science and technology mentoring program for girls in grades 6-8 designed to provide them with the opportunity to meet and work with women studying and working in science and engineering. The KEYs program provides interactive, hands-on activities that stress the importance of engineering, science, technology, and their impact on society.

View the 2017 KEYs Program Flyer [pdf] for more information!

KEYs ParticipantsIn the KEYs program, female scientists and engineers will lead you through interactive presentations and exciting workshops. You will engage in fun, hands-on activities that will make you look at math, science and engineering in a new light!

The KEYs Program Includes:

1) Welcome and Icebreaker
2) Lunch
3) A chance to engage in a variety of hands-on engineering activities (samples below)

      - Hypercoasters
      - Chemical Reactions
      - Circuits
      - Frictional Forces

4) Closing Ceremony: Includes an interactive review of the day's activities and recognition for participation (Parents/guardians are strongly encouraged to attend).

KEYs ParticipantsProgram Date

Saturday, April 8, 2017
10:00 am - 3:30 pm
University of Maryland, College Park


There is a $20 registration fee to cover the cost of a pizza lunch and activity supplies

Registration Information

Registration for KEYs is on a first come, first serve basis. Space in the program is limited, so please be aware that successful submission of the application does not guarantee your girl a spot in the program. WIE will not accept participants after the application window is closed if they are not already on the waiting list, nor will WIE accept registrants on site the day of the event. Returning KEYs participants are welcome to apply but preference is given to students who have not participated in the KEYs program before. Please fill out the KEYs application as soon as possible to secure a spot in the program. 

 Registration Includes:

1) Online Application

2) Permission Form: Click here [pdf] to view the Permission Form. Electronic copies of this form will not be accepted.

3) Registration Fee (cash, check, or money order) of $20 for each registered participant

***Instructions for submitting materials will be shared upon registration confirmation***

Contact Information

Julia Anderson, KEYs Coordinator
Office: 1131 Glenn L. Martin Hall
Phone: 301-405-0315