Girls in Engineering Academy

The Engineering Society of Detroit (ESD) created the ESD Girls in Engineering Academy (GEA) to improve academic achievement and increase the interest in engineering among girls.  ESD’s overarching goal is to decrease the gender gap in engineering professions by helping girls to excel at science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) and eventually pursue engineering careers.

ESD will select 30 middle school girls to participate in a remote learning summer and academic year program.  The summer experience will engage students over a four-week period, from 10 a.m.–2:45 p.m., Monday–Friday.  The program will provide math and science enrichment, engineering and computer science concepts, English/language arts comprehension, hands-on project-based STEM activities, mentoring, virtual field trips to industry, and engineering career exploration.

The GEA program will continue during the academic year.  GEA students will meet two Saturdays per month for three-hour sessions.  Students will continue to learn about various engineering disciplines and careers.  Students will also focus on STEM activities to reinforce concepts learned over the summer and during the school year.  

GEA Features:

  • Education about what engineers do
  • Instructors who are female engineering students
  • Workshops in engineering, mathematics, computer science and communication skills
  • Hands-on experiences designing engineering projects
  • Field trips to Engineering Facilities and other STEM-related places


Program Registration
January 4, 2021–May 31, 2021

Summer Program Dates/Times
July 12, 2021–August 6, 2021
Monday–Friday, 10 a.m.–2:45 p.m. (Remote Class Experience)

Academic Year Program Dates
October 2, 2021–May 15, 2022


How To Apply?
Applications will be accepted from January 4, 2021—May 31, 2021. Follow the links on this page.

When Will Applicants Be Notified?
The Engineering Society of Detroit will notify applicants of their acceptance or wait-list status after May 3, 2021.  We will not be able to respond to status requests before this date.  Please provide a frequently checked email or cell phone (text) number on the application.

What Is The Cost?
$200 per year

Who Is eligible For The Girls in Engineering Academy Program?
Current 5th grade female students who have an overall GPA of 2.5 or better and a minimum B average in math and science.

For more information on the Girls in Engineering Academy program, please contact:

Dr. Gerald Thompkins, Program Manager
248-353-0735, Ext. 139
248-353-0736 FAX


“Dr. Thompkins, I wanted to share my daughter’s excitement with you. She came in first place in chemistry class. She said she learned all about whatever they were doing in GEA! Thank you!” —Laurena Bascomb-Evans, GEA Parent