STEM – Our Partner Schools

Engineering for a Cause

Volunteers get an award for an adapted bike
UMD – College Park – VME Project- Social/Environmental Design Impact Award

VME partners with a variety of high schools, community colleges, and universities to enhance the learning experience of future engineers. It also offers students a social change aspect to see how their skills can be used for the greater good.

  • High School VME Experience (typically one school year)
  • Community College VME Experience (one semester)
  • Senior Engineering Capstone – VME Experience (one semester)  

Teams navigate through all the steps of an engineering process with the support of their instructors and VME professional engineering liaisons. VME assigns a volunteer engineer who offers consultation and resources.  Throughout this process, students are required to give regular presentations to a panel of engineers, thus sharpening their presentation skills and receiving valuable professional feedback.   VME volunteers match projects with schools based on the project requirements, client location, and skill level of students.  The project is incorporated into the curriculum for benchmarks and grading.

The process begins by meeting with the engineering instructor(s) at a school to design a special project to help someone with a disability and to fit the project into the school’s curriculum. 

Students completing a college level project become part of our VME Alumni – a growing number of engineers & OTs who often continue volunteering with us.

Our method serves to:

volunteers working on a swing
U.S. Naval Academy MIDS working on prototype
  1. Inspire students to learn and use engineering skills to benefit real people and their community.
  2. Deliver custom solutions to adults and children with disabilities when nothing else works.
  3. Increase student comfort level with navigating the competing demands of a real life client and engineering peer review requirements. 

School partnerships

  • American Society of Mechanical Engineers – JHU Chapter
  • CCBC Essex campus
  • CCBC Catonsville campus
  • Harford Community College
  • Howard Community College
  • INNOW – Youth Leadership Program (YLF) for Teens with Disabilities (Annual one-day STEM workshop)
  • Morgan State University – Electrical Engineering
  • Northrop E-Week High School Program
  • Parkville High School
  • Towson University (OT Department)
  • UMBC (Capstone)
  • United States Naval Academy (Capstone)
  • University of Maryland – College Park (Capstone)
young women engineers
VME volunteers – Johns Hopkins University

Contact or call 443-320-4007 to discuss forming a partnership.