University Student Taught Engineering Program

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2022 USTEP

Event Date: Saturday February 26, 2022
Registration Due: Friday February 11, 2022


USTEP (University Student Taught Engineering Program) is a fun-filled, educational outreach program for middle school students in the local Charlottesville community. The event is hosted by 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!


This years classes include:

  • Cross-Kingdom Hearts: Intro to Tissue Engineering

  • Construction and Climate: Building for Natural Disasters

  • Introduction to Computer Programming

  • Exciting DNA Extraction!

  • Local Charlottesville Ecology

  • Environmental Stewardship in Earth Cycles

For more details, please reference our Flyer and Course Catalog above!


ALL middle school aged students, from 6th to 8th grade, are invited to USTEP.


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!


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!


If you have further questions, please contact us at, or contact the USTEP coordinators directly at or