Image of young girl holding up an airplane against a backdrop of the sunset.

S.H.E. Can
STEAM Summer Camp

S.H.E. can fly. S.H.E. can engineer. S.H.E. can build. S.H.E. can soar.

Women and minorities remain underrepresented in science, technology, engineering, art, and math (STEAM) fields. With the support of the Walton Family Foundation and the DaRin Butz Foundation, we hope to change that by engaging and empowering our Soaring High Explorers to seek out and succeed in STEAM fields. This summer, we’ll hold our second annual S.H.E. Can STEAM Summer Camp, serving local and underrepresented communities in the District of Columbia, Maryland, Virginia, and in 2020, Arkansas. Applications will open on March 1, 2020.

Ninety middle school Explorers will participate in this one-of-a-kind camp introducing them to the science of flight and exposing them to diverse careers in aviation.

Aimed at building lifelong relationships with local students, our camp consists of a whirlwind of activities. At this camp, S.H.E. can:


Learn to Fly

Receive hands-on flight instruction on FAA certified simulators

Take off on a 30-minute discovery flight with a local flight school

Complete all of the checks necessary to finish the “Pilot” program  


Explore Careers

Visit Air Traffic Control facilities like Dulles Tower, Potomac TRACON, and the Air Traffic Control Center

Explore an aircraft mechanical school

Speak to experts in the commercial airspace and cyber security fields


Dive Into STEAM

Test aerodynamics in two indoor skydiving experiences 

Get in the engineering mindset with daily design challenges

Launch a high-altitude weather balloon 


Build Confidence

Track progress and capture milestones in a personalized flight log book

Work in teams to solve real-world problems

Connect with Museum staff, female aviation professionals, and our iconic artifacts to build lifelong relationships 

About the Camp

Students can participate in one of two sessions, hosted at the Museum's Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center in Chantilly, Virginia.

Session 1 - Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center, Chantilly, VA
Monday, June 22 - Friday, July 3 
Weekdays, 9:00 am - 4:00 pm

Session 2, Har-Ber High School, Springdale, AR
Monday, July 6 – Friday, July 17
Weekdays, 9:00 am - 4:00 pm

Session 3 - Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center, Chantilly, VA
Monday, July 20 - Friday, July 31 
Weekdays, 9:00 am - 4:00 pm

Each session will consist of 30 students. Lunch, snacks, and transportation to activities is provided. 

Applications open March 1, 2020

How to Participate

Explorers with a passion for learning and aviation in grades six through eight are asked to submit an application. Students should live in DC, Maryland, Virginia, or Arkansas and must attend a Title I school or Title I eligible school or qualify for free or reduced lunches. Nominations should include the following:

  • A few sentences about why you’d like to participate

  • A recommendation from a teacher or community leader that speaks to your interest in aviation

  • Whether you attend a Title I school or qualify for free or reduced lunch

Applications will be accepted through April 30, 2020.  Explorers selected for the camp will be notified by May 15, 2020.

By the Numbers:
Women in Commercial Flight

  • 1,903 Female Captains

  • 6,755 Female Captains and Pilots

  • 125,871 Total Pilots Male or Female

  • 5% of Pilots Are Female

S.H.E. Can STEAM Summer Camp Sponsors

Walton Family Foundation, recommended by Steuart Walton 
DaRin Butz Foundation