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STEM Summer Programs for High School Students

Introductory Information about Summer STEM Programs

STEM summer programs for high school students with roboticsSTEM stands for science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. These fields tend to be growing with advances in the different areas and integration among different fields. There has been an increasing number of STEM-based summer programs that are available for high school students and teenagers. For example, the advances as well as the accessibility to robotics has provided students with unique opportunities to learn about this area during the summer. In general, STEM summer programs are designed to provide students with a chance to learn about one or more of the STEM areas.


STEM Areas and Summer Learning Opportunities

Lab for a STEM summer program for high school studentsSome STEM programs incorporate all of the different areas, while others place a particular focus on one or two of the areas. Many of the STEM summer programs emphasize hands-on activities, problem-based learning, research, collaboration, projects and lab work. During a summer STEM program, high school students may find themselves building a small robot, using materials to construct a bridge, designing an energy efficient vehicle, participating in research in a lab setting, engaging in computer coding, learning about the science behind crime scene investigation, investigating sources of energy, and more. In general, students learn about STEM related topics in their schools and STEM programs can extend this learning into the summer.


Pre-College STEM Summer Programs

STEM pre-college summer programA number of colleges and organizations sponsor STEM summer pre-college programs. As a part of the experience, high school students often have a chance to gain insight into majors and career options in the STEM fields. In pre-college programs, students may have the opportunity to learn from professors, current college students, and/or professionals working in the field. In addition, many colleges and organizations hold STEM programs on college campuses. This gives students the opportunity to have an experience being in a college setting and utilizing campus resources to enhance their knowledge of the STEM fields.


STEAM Summer Programs

Artwork within a STEM Summer Program for High School StudentsIn addition to STEM summer programs, there are also STEAM programs. STEAM stands for science, technology, engineering, are, and mathematics. These programs provide students with a chance to enhance their creativity through the integration of art into the STEM fields. STEAM programs often enable students to learn about the interconnections and interdisciplinary nature of the subject areas.

Researching STEM Summer Programs

College campus building for a summer program for high school studentsOverall, stem summer programs very in nature because of all the different facets involved with science, technology, engineering, and math. As a result, it is important for high school students to learn about, research, and examine stem programs in order to find out if the opportunities provided align with their goals and areas of interest.
There are a variety of stem programs included in this summer programs directory and students can determine which programs are of interest for them. Students are also encouraged to contact a program representative directly to ask questions about the structure of the program as well as the activities That students can engage in during the program.

Featured Summer STEM Programs for High School Students

Summer space camps and STEM programs for high school students

Summer Space Camps – the Learning Center at Pari

The sciences involved with space are a part of the STEM field. As technology and science continues to advance, new discoveries are made about the atmosphere, other planets, satellites, and more.

The Learning Center at Pari offers two summer camps that enable students to learn about space and the sciences that are are connected to this area (e.g. astrobiology). The summer camps takes place a previously used NASA site. Participating students have the opportunity to gain in-depth knowledge about the universe by learning from experienced instructors, collaborating with peers, and interesting experiential activities.

The summer camps also enable students to engage in project-based research, unique simulations, exciting discussions and more.

STEM topics are embedded throughout the summer camps, as participants gain insight into the areas of science and technology in the context of astronomy and space.

Participants: High school students and middle school students.

Learn more: The Learning Center at Pari

STEM summer program for high school students at Michigan State

High School Engineering Program at Michigan State University

Michigan State University in East Lansing Michigan offers summer STEM programs for high school students as well as those in younger grades. The programs are designed to enable students to explore and enhance their knowledge in areas such as engineering, technology, and robotics.

One of the programs offered at Michigan State is known as the High School Engineering Institute. This program is intended to help students gain insight into the field of engineering. In particular, it enables high school students to consider majors in engineering as well as potential career options.

The program features experiential learning, collaborative work with peers, interactions with faculty members, and the opportunity to meet current students at the university who are studying engineering. This STEM summer program is also designed to be residential and to give students the opportunity to stay on a college campus. There are typically multiple sessions of the program that are run during the summer.

Participants: High school sophomores, juniors, and seniors that meet the eligibility requirements.

Learn more: Summer STEM Program

Tulane University STEM Summer Programs

There are a number of summer STEM opportunities that are hosted by Tulane. This pre-college program consists of classes that are designed help students become more familiar with and gain more insight into the STEM areas.

One of the important aspects of this program is that enables high school students to choose the main topic of focus. Students opt for summer classes in STEM areas such as electrical engineering, cutting-edge technology, advanced mathematics, biomedical studies, chemistry, and many more.

Through the program, students can  take a course that includes aspects such as experiential learning, lab-based projects, and high-level discussions. Students also have a chance to interact with new peers and learn from instructors with experience in a particular field.

This program has a residential or commuter for students.

Participants: High school freshmen through seniors.

Learn more: Summer STEM Programs at Tulane

Examples of STEM Summer Programs for High School Students