University Student Taught Engineering Program


When: Saturday-Sunday, February 20-21, 2021

Where: Online via Zoom

Who: All 6-8th graders are invited

Cost: Free!

USTEP 2021 has passed.

Check back in Winter 2022 for more information!

9:30 - 10:00 AM      Opening Ceremony

10:00 - 10:50 AM    Class Block 1

11:00 - 11:50 AM       Class Block 2

12:00 - 12:50 PM      Lunch Break

1:00 - 1:50  PM          Class Block 3

What is USTEP?

USTEP (University Student Taught Engineering Program) is a fun-filled, educational outreach program for middle school students in the local Charlottesville community. The event will be hosted by the Society of Women Engineers (SWE) at UVA. Middle schoolers will be able to have a one of kind experience taking classes taught by passionate UVA Engineering students.

Students will be able to take 3 classes they find interesting from our class catalog. Past topics include forensics, programming, rockets, and more!


An event called Splash, held at universities all over the US, inspired us to create USTEP. Our ultimate goal is for students to be inspired by college students and get excited about learning new things, in a fun and stress-free environment. We hope you are interested and join us in our third annual USTEP event this year!


Event Schedule

Saturday, February 20th

10:00 - 10:50 AM    Class Block 1

11:00 - 11:50 AM       Class Block 2

12:00 - 12:50 PM      Lunch Break

1:00 - 1:50  PM          Class Block 3

2:00 - 2:30 PM         Closing Ceremony

Sunday, February 21st

Other Questions/Information

Is the event open to all students or just girls?

Although USTEP is hosted by the Society of Women Engineers, this event is open to ALL students!

Are parents/supervisors needed at the event?

Each classroom will have many volunteers helping out, so unless there are technical difficulties, we will take care of everything!

Contact Information

For general outreach questions:


For specific USTEP questions and information:

Raeann Giannattasio:

RIthika Kormath Anand:

Please reach out if you have any question or concerns!

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Although this organization has members who are University of Virginia students and may have University employees associated or engaged in its activities and affairs, the organization is not a part of or an agency of the University. It is a separate and independent organization which is responsible for and manages its own activities and affairs. The University does not direct, supervise or control the organization and is not responsible for the organization’s contracts, acts or omissions.