Through collaborative team projects, hands-on learning activities in the classroom, and workshops with local partners our students have the opportunity to develop teamwork, communication, and problem-solving skills. We encourage our students to assume increased responsibility for their learning, with the goal of mentoring new students. Students are responsible for maintaining, cleaning, and setting up their Gear Box kits, which encourages accountability. As students successfully advance through the course they will earn their own set of tools, which they will proudly use throughout their technical training and careers. Our methodology cultivates discipline, humility, and inspires pride in work. Gear Up Maryland seeks to empower students, helping them to shift from being passive consumers of information and products, to active creators and innovators that will have the potential to effectively address the necessary skillsets for the 21st Century. Our internships connect students with real careers across all walks of life.