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 in technology and accessibility in the area of robotics has provided students with unique opportunities to learn about this area during the summer.
 
This page of the summer programs directory includes background information about STEM opportunities as well as specific STEM summer programs and camps that may be of interest to high school students.
 


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.
 
In general, there are a variety of summer programs that focus on STEM. These programs are designed to provide students with a chance to learn about and become more familiar with the on more of the areas of science, technology, engineering, and math.


Pre-College STEM Programs

STEM pre-college summer programA number of colleges and organizations sponsor summer pre-college  STEM programs. As a part of the pre-college 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 experience being in a college setting and utilizing campus resources to enhance their knowledge of the STEM fields. There is more information about pre-college programs and courses on our blog.

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STEAM Summer Programs

Artwork within a STEM Summer Program for High School StudentsWhile some summer programs focus on the areas within STEM, there are also STEAM programs. STEAM stands for science, technology, engineering, art, and mathematics.
 
STEAM-based programs provide students with a chance to enhance their creativity through the integration of the arts within STEM. These programs can enable students to gain an understanding of the interdisciplinary nature of different subject areas. Programs with a focus on STEAM can also highlight the significance of the arts within the context of the other areas.
 

Finding Summer Program Opportunities with this Directory

This page of the directory particularly focuses on STEM-based opportunities for high school students and there are a variety of specific STEM summer programs included below. However, students who enjoy subjects within STEM may also be interested in the following pages of this directory:



Researching Summer STEM Programs

College campus building for a summer program for high school studentsOverall, summer STEM opportunities vary 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.
 
On this page, below, there are descriptions and examples of STEM summer programs. This may be helpful for students as they begin to research programs to determine the opportunities that align with their interests and goals.
 
Students can also contact a representative from any program of interest to ask questions about the structure of the program, the types of activities that occur during the program, and the intended learning outcomes

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Featured Summer STEM Programs for High School Students

Adelphi University STEM summer program for high school students

Adelphi University Summer STEM Program: Science and Medicine – Garden City, New York

Adelphi offers a summer program for high school students that focuses on the integration of science areas and the medical field. Through this program, students gain an understanding of the ways in which scientific concepts connect to occupations in the medical field. Participants have a chance to enhance their science knowledge and learn how scientific principles and concepts are utilized in healthcare.

During the program, students have the opportunity to learn about high-interest science topics by examining areas in chemistry, biology, and physics. Students have a chance to explore interesting concepts in STEM-based classes and expand their science knowledge. In the courses, students engage in experiential lab activities, work cooperatively with each other, and take part in discussions about scientific topics.

Through the program, students are able to supplement their learning with experiences at a hospital in New York. Visiting the hospital gives students the chance to see medical professionals in action, learn more about health care, and find out about career opportunities in the medical field. Students also have the opportunity to engage in learning activities that serve to integrate the sciences and the medical field.

The pre-college at Adelphi provides students with a residential and commuter option. Residential students can stay on the campus and immerse themselves in college life. Students who commute take part in the program’s educational activities and return home at the end of each day.

Participants: High school sophomores, juniors, and seniors.

Learn more: Adelphi Pre-College STEM Program

Boston Leadership Institute summer programs for high school students

Boston Leadership Academy Summer STEM Programs – Boston, Massachusetts

At the Boston Leadership Institute, we want rising eighth graders and above to be exposed to the lucrative, booming areas of STEM. We offer three-week research programs that cover Biotech, Robotics, Applied Physics, Oncology, and so many more unique subject areas that students rarely see in school.

Registration is now open for both residential and day students. One-week options are also available.

Visit bostonleadershipinstitute.com

University of California Berkeley summer program for high school students

UC Berkeley Academic Talent Development Program – Berkeley, California

The University of California, Berkeley offers a summer program for intellectually curious students that is designed to foster in-depth learning, promote excitement in academic subject areas, and provide students with a valuable pre-college summer experience.

The program’s Secondary Division provides high-interest courses for high achieving high school and junior high students. The program includes a variety of course options in the STEM areas. Unique courses have been offered in areas of STEM such as robotics, biotech, computer programming, mathematics, neuroscience, engineering, and more.

Students interested in STEM can delve deeply into topics of interest. The course content and the interactions with qualified instructors can serve to strengthen the excitement in a subject area. Additionally, the depth of knowledge that comes from the summer courses provides the opportunity for students to get a sense of the type of learning that occurs in a post-secondary educational setting.

The learning in the program’s courses is enhanced by interesting discussions, inquiry-based activities, and experiential exercises. Participants in the program also have the chance to meet and converse with academically-oriented and curious peers. 

The courses take place on the university’s campus, which gives students the opportunity to gain experience on a campus and to get a feel for the learning that takes place in a college setting.

Participants: Academically motivated high school and middle school students who are going into the eighth grade through the senior year.

Learn more: UC Berkeley’s Academic Talent Development Program

University of California, San Diego summer STEM program in computer biology for high school students

University of California, San Diego Summer STEM Program in Bioinformatics – San Diego, California

UC San Diego offers a number of science programs through their pre-college summer experience. One of the unique programs focuses on computational biology. There are not many pre-college opportunities in this area. As a result, this program is a particularly interesting option for high school students who want to learn about this field of study.

The STEM summer program fully integrates biology with computer science. Students have the chance to learn about about the ways in which biologists are utilizing computer programs to sift through and analyze large amounts of data. This allows biologists to determine patterns and develop ideas to solve problems.

Through the program, students examine the way that the area of computational biology has emerged. Participants gain insight into current trends and topics in the field. Students also have the chance to learn from instructors, work with peers, and engage in active learning exercises.

The program is a pre-college experience. Students can stay on the campus and they have the chance to preview a college environment while learning about an area in STEM. There is an application for the program.

Participants: High school students who will be going to their freshman, sophomore, junior, or senior year.

Learn more: UCSD Summer STEM Program: Bioinformatics

University of Chicago STEM Summer Program: Neuroscience – Chicago, Illinois

The University of Chicago offers a variety of summer STEM options through their pre-college immersion program. One of the programs is an exploration of neuroscience that particularly focuses on the brain. Through this educational experience, students can learn about scientific discoveries that are used to guide professionals in the medical field as well as other fields that are dedicated to understanding and helping those with neurological issues.

The three-week STEM-oriented program provides high school students with the chance to engage in discussions, experiential-based exercises, and collaborative activities to investigate the way that the brain works. Students examine research findings, scientific information, and data in order to gain insight into how neurological functioning in the brain connects to language, perception, emotions, and other behaviors.

The program is a part of the pre-college options at the university. As a result, participating high school students have the opportunity to preview college academic and life on a campus. During the program, students spend time on the campus, learn in academic buildings, become familiar with the resources at the university, and get a feel for college life. The program is designed to be residential, but a commuter option may be available by request for those who live nearby. There is application for the program. There are some scholarship opportunities and there is some financial aid available.

Participants: High school students who are currently in their freshman, sophomore, or junior year.

Learn more: Chicago’s Summer STEM Program in Neuroscience

Summer space camps and STEM programs for high school students

Summer Space Camps – The Learning Center at Pari – North Carolina

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 – East Lansing, Michigan

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 summer STEM 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

University of Mississippi summer STEM program for high school students

University of Mississippi Summer Engineering STEM Program – University, Mississipi.

The summer program at the University of Mississippi enables high school students to gain insight into the interesting field of engineering. The program is designed to provide an opportunity for students, with an interest in math and science, to extend their learning beyond the traditional school year and explore the world of STEM with a focus on engineering.

During the week-long program, high school students learn about significant concepts and principles in the field of engineering and get a feel what it is like to be an engineer. The program includes a variety of experiential learning projects, simulations, and activities, which allows students to problem-solve, collaborate, and think with an engineering mindset. Students also have the opportunity to learn about varying disciplines within engineering. Additionally, the program can help students connect their learning in school, particularly in mathematics and science, to college majors and career options in engineering and STEM.

The week-long pre-college program has a residential and commuter option for students. Both options enable students to spend time on a college campus, meet faculty members, and learn about topics of interest. There are a limited number of spaces available in the program. Students in certain counties may be eligible for a scholarship.

Participants: High school students.

Learn more: University of Mississippi Summer STEM Program

University of Mississippi summer STEM robotics program for high school students

University of Mississipi Summer STEM Robotics Program – University, Mississippi.

The summer robotics program at Ole Miss provides high school students with the opportunity to learn about an interesting topic within STEM. The robotics program enables students to see the interconnectedness of science, technology, computer programming, and engineering.

The program spans over the course of a week and it focuses on giving students the chance to engage in high-interest, hands-on, and experiential learning. Students get a feel for the STEM areas as they gain first-hand knowledge about creating a working robot. A unique feature of the program involves the emphasis on participants working collaboratively together to build and code a robot. As the experience progresses, students receive ongoing feedback and learn to make the robot more functional. Towards the end of the program, the cooperative learning groups engage in a robotics-based competition.

The STEM program is a pre-college experience, which enables high school students to spend time on a campus and learn about the science resources that are utilized at a college. There is a residential and commuter option for students. There is a registration process, and scholarships may be available for students who meet specific qualifications for funding.

Participants: High school students.

Learn more: University of Mississippi Summer Robotics Program

University of Northern Illinois STEM exploration summer program for high school students

Northern Illinois University STEM Exploration Summer Camp – Carbondale, Illinois

Northern Illinois offers a summer STEM program for high school students with an interest in math, science, technology, and/or engineering. The summer camp enables students to become much more familiar with the STEM areas and learn about a variety of potential career opportunities with a background in STEM.

During the program, participants learn about the broad STEM areas, but they also choose specialty area that allows them to go more in-depth with a particular topic. The topics include, but are not limited to, chemistry, biology, healthcare, video game design, and more.

One of the primary features of this program involves the emphasis on the ways in which learning  about STEM can lead to practical career options. As a result, students have a chance to gain insight into high-interest topics and there application to occupations such as healthcare professionals, engineering, designers, and more.

During the program, students have the chance to listen to experienced speakers, participate in interesting discussions, and take part in a variety of activities. This week-long pre-college program also gives high school students the chance to stay on a college campus and get a feel for life in at a post-secondary institution.

Participants: High school students who will going into sophomore, junior, or senior year.

Learn more: NIU Summer STEM Program

Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute summer STEM program for high school students

Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute Summer STEAMM Program – Troy, New York

Renssalaer offers a summer STEAMM program that allows high school students to learn about the interdisciplinary nature of topics in the areas of science, technology, engineering, art, math, and medicine. This program extends beyond the more traditional STEM fields and adds art and medicine. The program provides students with the chance to learn from professors in different fields, examine high-interest topics, connect subjects together, and explore potential career options within STEAMM.

During the two-week program, participants have the opportunity to interact with faculty members, learn about cutting edge work in different fields, examine college majors in varying departments, and gain insight into the ways that topics can be studied in a cross-curricular manner. The program balances lectures, discussions, demonstrations, and applied studio experiences. The program is highlighted with experiential learning exercises to allow students to learn in practical ways. Students work collaboratively with peers to investigate interesting topics and have the opportunity to share their work with others.

The STEAMM pre-college program enables students to broaden their horizons on a college campus, gain insight into the academic opportunities that are available at the college level, and study topics of interest. Students also learn about ways to prepare for the transition from high school to college. The program has a residential and commuter option and there is application process.

Participants: High school students who will be entering the sophomore, junior, or senior year.

Learn more: Rensselaer Summer STEAMM Program

Salish Sea Sciences pre-college summer program for high school students

Salish Sea Sciences Summer and Semester Programs – Friday Habor, Washingon

Salish Sea Sciences programs build on the simple observation, witnessed by senior scientists each year, that high school students are capable not only of practicing knowledge and skills but also engaging in real scientific investigations, when guided by skilled mentors and accompanied by a cohort of enthusiastic peers. Such experiences are crucial to forging lasting career pathways across a range of disciplines.

Field & Lab Science
Each summer, hundreds of scientists travel to the San Juan Islands of Washington State to pursue research at the University of Washington Friday Harbor Laboratories, the SeaDoc Society, the US National Parks, and other nearby organizations. Our Field & Lab Science program opens these projects to students in an intensive, hands-on approach—the equivalent to over 200 instructional classroom hours in leadership training, environmental science, and biology.

Ecology & Conservation
In the face of climate change and the increasing need for mitigation to protect endangered marine species, our Ecology & Conservation program brings together agents of change, including research scientists, ecologists, policy-makers, and environmental advocates, to help students develop effective strategies regarding human impact and natural systems.

Scientific Diving
Scientific diving is a tremendous way for young people to participate in research around the world. Divers with a recreational certification who complete all requirements of our Scientific Diving course will be certified as an American Academy of Underwater Sciences (AAUS). Scientific Divers can receive Verification of Training at their present and future institutions.

Salish Semester
High school juniors will appreciate an opportunity to step away from regular school into the Salish Semester, an in-depth semester-long journey blending the history, culture, and science of the Salish Sea while maintaining progress in subject areas such as math and foreign languages in preparation for a successful post-secondary career.

Participants: High school students. A residential option is available for students who are age fifteen and above. A commuter option is available for students who are age fourteen and above.

Learn more: Salish Sea Sciences High School Programs

Sarah Lawrence College summer STEM program for high school students

Sarah Lawrence College Summer STEM Program: Therapeutic Video Game Design – Bronxville, New York

SLC offers one of the most unique STEM summer programs. The program is designed to help high school students learn about particular areas within the STEM field while also working to make a difference for children with special needs and circumstances.

During the two-week program, high school students learn about and create digital games (video and board games) that can be utilized by children. Participants gain insight into STEM-based topics such as computer programming, computer engineering, and technological hardware, and more. Additionally, students have a chance to learn about healthcare settings and medical resources.

The program provides the opportunity for high school students to gain insight into using technology to make a difference in the lives of others. Students work on developing games that are accessible and engaging for children. Through the program, students learn technical skills while also exploring the ways that they can help others.

The program provides students with the opportunity to spend time in a college environment, interact with peers, and learn from instructors. The program has a registration process and financial assistance may be available.

Participants: High school students. A residential option is available for students who are age fifteen and above. A commuter option is available for students who are age fourteen and above.

Learn more: SLC Therapeutic Game Design Program

South Dakota School of the Mines summer STEM program for high school students

South Dakota School of Mines and Technology Summer STEM Program in Physics – Rapid City, South Dakota

There are many different types of science that are included in STEM. One area of science that is a part of STEM is physics. There are often not many summer programs that focus on physics. However, the SDSM&T offers a summer program for high school students with an interest in physics.

This summer program is designed to help students learn about many topics within the field of physics. The program is led by a professor at the university and this provides the opportunity for high students to interact with, learn from, and get to know a university faculty member.

Through this summer STEM program, students take part in a variety of learning activities to develop their knowledge of physics. Students learn by informational presentations, demonstrations, laboratory work, and experiential exercises. Students also actively participate in discussions about significant areas of physics such as particle physics, matter, the environment, and the use of physics principals in real-wold settings.

One of the features of this program involves students getting to utilize the resources at the university. As a result, participants have the chance to engage in lab activities and investigations. As the program progresses, participants have the opportunity to construct and use a rocket in a hands-on activity.

The examination of physics through this summer program enables students to gain insight into an area of STEM.

This five-day summer experience is considered to be a pre-college program. Participating students have the opportunity to stay in housing on the campus and get a preview of life and academics in a college setting.

Participants: High school students (freshmen-seniors).

Learn more: SDSM&T Summer STEM Physics Program

University of South Florida STEM summer program for high school students

University of South Florida STEM Summer Program –  Tampa, Florida

The summer STEM program at South Florida is called STEM for Scholars. This program provides high school students with the opportunity to gain an understanding of areas within STEM, examine the connections within academic areas, and learn about high-interest topics.

This summer program provides high school students with a chance to explore STEM through participating in discussions, visiting sites that involve STEM, listening to presentations, viewing demonstrations, and engaging in experiential exercises. During the program, students can examine areas such as biological sciences, math and computing.

Participants in this program conduct investigations into STEM-based areas, actively engage in activities, and share information about their work. The program runs for four weeks during the summer. It is a pre-college program that enables participants to gain experience on a campus and get a preview of college learning.

Participants: High school students who will be going into their sophomore, junior or senior year.

Learn more: USF Summer STEM Program

Tulane University STEM Summer Programs – New Orleans, Louisiana

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

Worchester Polytechnic STEM summer program for high school students

Worcester Polytechnic University Summer STEM Program – Worcester, Massachusetts

This summer STEM program is designed for upper grade-level high school students with an interest in the STEM fields. The program enables students learn about topics of interest in science, technology, engineering and/or math. Participants have the opportunity to learn from and interact with professors as well as current grad students. As a result, participating high school students can get an idea of what it is like to study a STEM area in a higher education setting.

The WPI STEM summer program provides students with the chance to focus on a particular STEM area of interest. The options include, but are not limited to, biomedical engineering, cybersecurity, medicine, robotics and more. These options enable students to examine topics at an in-depth level and gain insight into college programs of study and career options. Students engage in experiential simulations, exercises, and labs that enable them to “learn by doing”. The experiential learning serves to help students gain a better understanding of the STEM field.

Through the program, participants also select a secondary area that they would like to learn about. The topics include areas such as psychology, music, writing, and more. The secondary area enables students to make interdisciplinary connections and to gain more insight into learning in a higher education setting.

This STEM summer program is residential, which gives high school students the chance to gain experience living on a college campus.

Participants: High school students who will be entering their junior and senior year.

Learn more: WPI Summer STEM Program

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