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Camp Reach relies on the generous support of the community—from the organizations that entrust our campers with design projects to the corporations, foundations, and individuals who invest in our program because they understand that “life takes engineering.”

I continue to mentor women in engineering both inside and outside of work… I want to be able to look at the future of women in engineering and other STEM professions and know that my footprints had an impact on someone else’s life.
Jenelle Pope
Camp Reach '97, WPI '07, RPI '09
Mechanical Engineer, Sikorsky Aircraft
Camp Reach design projects represent a great partnership between WPI and nonprofits. Girls use the engineering design process to respond to real needs in our community and are empowered when adults listen to and follow through on their recommendations.
Chrys Demetry
Founder, Camp Reach

Partner on a Project

Let Camp Reach help your organization

A major focus of the camp experience, community-oriented design projects introduce campers to the nature of engineering as a collaborative problem-solving process.  We are always interested in learning about organizations with meaningful problems to solve.  If your project is chosen, a team of ten campers—mentored by high school assistants and a middle school teacher—will develop a plan based on your direction and budget.  The one requirement is that you must implement the solution in the six to nine months following the summer program so campers can see their work in action.

If you have an interest in working with us on a project design project, please contact Sue Sontgerath at or 508-831-4900.


A national imperative.  A proven local impact.

For our nation to maintain leadership in a global economy, more women and other underrepresented groups must be prepared to assume positions as engineers and scientists, providing new perspectives on old problems and bringing a broader range of skills and life experience.  Camp Reach is one of many ways that WPI fills the pipeline for a capable STEM workforce of the future. 

Through this innovative program, WPI provides a mentoring experience that engages girls at a young age and maintains contact through their high school years. Since 1997, approximately 400 rising 7th grade girls, 110 high school girls, 40 middle school math and science teachers, and 75 WPI students and faculty have participated.  Together they have created a mentoring scaffold of girls and women who support and celebrate each other’s interests in STEM, as noted by an alumna from our first year:

To continue this important program, WPI needs the support of generous and forward-thinking organizations that recognize the importance of encouraging students to begin exploring careers in science, technology, and engineering.  Learn more about investing in Camp Reach, please contact Sue Sontgerath at or 508-831-4900.


Camp Reach is grateful for the generous support of our sponsors over the past 16 years.