University Student Taught Engineering Program


When: Saturday February 15, 2020

Where: UVA School of Engineering and Applied Sciences

Who: All 6-8th graders are invited

Cost: Free!

This event has passed, but check back next year for more information!

What is USTEP?

USTEP (University Student Taught Engineering Program) is a one-day, 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 to visit Grounds and take classes taught by UVA Engineering students. Students will be able to take 4 classes they find interesting from our class catalog which includes topics such as forensics to introduction to programming.


The idea for USTEP was inspired by an event called Splash that is held at universities all over the United States. The ultimate goal of USTEP is to allow 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 very first USTEP event this year! We will be sending out details about registering for classes soon!


Event Schedule

9:00 - 9:30 AM        Check in

9:30 - 9:45 AM        Introduction

10:00 - 10:50 AM    Class 1

11:00 - 11:50 AM       Class 2

12:00 - 12:50 PM      Lunch

1:00 - 1:50  PM          Class 3

2:00 - 2:50 PM         Class 4

3:00 PM                       Check-out

Other Questions/Information

Will lunch be provided?

Lunch will be provided and we will be serving pizza. If your child has any dietary restrictions or allergies please let us know on our registration form


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?

We will have a lot of volunteers to help us for the event so all you will have to do is drop off and pick up your child and we will take care of the rest!


Event Logistics*

A map of the Engineering School is available here.

Check in and check out will be located in the A-wing of Thornton Hall.

Free parking will be available in the lots behind Rice Hall and the Stadium as well as the lot behind Small Hall.

* More event logistics will be released closer to the event date such as directions to the event and class schedules

Contact Information

For general outreach questions:


For specific USTEP questions and information:

Raeann Giannattasio:

Lily Lin:

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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.