STEM Summer Programs
STEM Summer Programs for Teens
Careers involving STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) currently have the most job openings and offer the best entry-level salaries for college grads—estimated to be 30% more than average.
We have researched and curated the largest online collection of summer STEM programs for students in grades 7-12, many of them pre-college summer programs that take place on college campuses. Attending one of these summer STEM programs is a great way for middle and high school students to experience college and learn more about potential STEM career paths.
Why Attend a STEM Program This Summer?
STEM summer programs for teens allow high schoolers to develop their understanding in core subject areas that will matter to them now and in the future. Because summer STEM programs for Teens are created not only to educate but also to be fun, teens who are only marginally interested in STEM subjects will find their curiosity sparked by these kinds of programs.
Summer STEM programs for teens in the sciences offer hands-on experience designed to increase a students’ ability to grasp critical scientific concepts. Great teen summer science/STEM programs focus on the scientific process and how to formulate and test hypotheses, allowing students to significantly improve their scientific knowledge.
Some example topics for science-related STEM summer programs include:
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Summer STEM programs for teens with an emphasis on technology can help teens boost their tech proficiency, both giving them a broad foundation in technology and helping them prepare for future college studies and even careers.
Technology can refer to a huge range of potential studies, covering things as varied as the development of machine learning and Artificial Intelligence (AI), computer hardware and software, drones, robotics, and a lot more.
Some example topics for technology-related STEM summer programs include:
- Computer science
- Data Science
- Electronic Media
- Graphic Design Web Design / Video Game Design
- Information systems management
- Machine Learning
Summer STEM programs for teens with an emphasis on engineering can be great for high school students who think they may want to work designing and building things.
Engineering can be useful not just in industrial scenarios, like working on an oil rig or a car plant, but also for design-related needs, where an engineer helps the function of an object work within the form imagined by a designer. In some cases, engineers work with inspectors to help them better understand the objects they inspect, sharing both practical and design knowledge.
STEM summer programs with an engineering focus can be a great way for young people who are curious about a future career designing and making things to test the waters, and see if these kinds of studies are a good fit for them.
Some example topics for engineering-related STEM summer programs include:
- Computer engineering
- Environmental engineering
- Industrial engineering
- Software engineering
Summer STEM programs for teens with a math focus can increase a student’s math skills through study and unique teaching techniques. Teen summer math/STEM programs emphasize one of the most important foundational skills a student can have—mathematics!—while also preparing them for future careers that might involve math.
Some example topics for math-related STEM summer programs include:
- . . . many of the other programs listed above, since math is a key skill required for the majority STEM fields
SUMMER STEM PROGRAMS FOR GIRLS
Historically, far more men than women enter STEM fields.
Why is that?
Because the stereotypical image many people have in their head when asked to picture the kind of person that might work in a STEM field—a person wearing a lab coat, for instance, holding beakers or dealing with complicated computations—is of a man.
But things are changing. More and more women are entering STEM fields. Lana Verschage, director of
Women in Computing at the Rochester (N.Y.) Institute of Technology, says that the number of women in her school’s incoming class has nearly doubled since she started in the position in 2014.
One big thing that is helping include more women in STEM fields is outreach—simply letting women know that there are opportunities out there for them.
Part of this effort has included the growth of STEM summer programs just for girls. These programs offer young women the chance to try out different STEM fields when they’re young, laying the foundation for future careers in STEM areas.
There are also several organizations out there that are empowering young women and encouraging them to enter careers in technology and STEM-related fields.
STEM VS. STEAM
You may have heard of STEM but have you heard of STEAM?
STEAM stands for Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Mathematics—and it’s the addition of that A for Art that sets STEAM apart from STEM studies.
STEAM summer programs focus not just on developing core STEM skills but also on incorporating creativity into those pursuits.
Research is starting to show that embracing art and adding it to more traditional STEM subjects can help students get excited about subjects they may not have been interested in previously, as well as helping students find creative ways to approach complex problems.
Read more about the benefits of STEAM programs or start browsing our programs today!
Take part in our award-winning summer STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) teen academic programs. Gifted students will engage in experimental research & take exciting field trips. Topics include Biology, Chemistry, Biomedical Engineering, Robotics, STEM Entrepreneurship, and more...(more)
The course seeks to establish a solid foundation of technical, creative, team work, and communication skills for future engineers through effective problem solving, analysis, and design techniques. Apply by our March 15, 2023 deadline for the best chance at being placed in your top choice program...(more)
Sally Ride Science Academy offers science, technology, engineering, arts, and math (STEAM) workshops for students entering the 3rd-12th grade. Students assume the roles of space explorer, marine biologist, computer programmer and more as they immerse themselves in hands-on projects...(more)
The Cooper Union School of Engineering's Summer STEM Program provides an opportunity for 9th through 11th grade students explore, design, engineering and research in a college setting. Classes are inspired by current student and faculty research and first and second year class projects, including digital design, robotics, sustainability, and data science. Collaboration and communication are emphasized; students work on teams to complete and present a project. ..(more)
Take your summer to the next level. At Illinois Tech, we offer middle and high school students an opportunity to elevate their summer through Elevate College Prep. Through our one-of-a-kind program, you can take part in more than just a summer college prep programs—you’ll broaden your knowledge and skills through an array of academic offerings, hands-on experiences, and mentorship...(more)
This summer, teens can explore a prestigious campus, make friends as they master new STEM skills, and join a community of 450,000 alumni who are changing the world with technology. Build in-demand skills in coding, game development, robotics, and design. Top universities have hosted our programs for over 20 years. Held at 130+ locations...(more)
BU Summer Term High School offers five unique programs. You can earn college credit, discover new subject areas, perform cutting-edge research, or immerse yourself in hands-on learning. STEM subjects offered include Biology, Pre-Med, Neuroscience, Abnormal and Experimental Psychology, Chemistry of Medicine, Computer Science, Electrical Engineering, Nutrition, Anatomy and Physiology, Infectious Diseases, and more. ..(more)
World Scholars Academy offers elite engineering summer courses for ages 12-18 designed and taught by world-leading engineering scholars. Explore your future career path and accelerate your success with personalized college guidance and high-level instruction in engineering led by the world's most accomplished educators...(more)
World Scholars Academy offers elite summer computer science courses for ages 12-18 designed and taught by world-leading software engineering scholars. Explore your future career path and accelerate your success with personalized college guidance and high-level instruction in coding and computer science led by the world's most accomplished educators...(more)
World Scholars Academy engineering internships provide students ages 15-18 with the exclusive opportunity to work jointly with a world-leading engineering researcher. On your internship you will advance the boundaries of knowledge in a state-of-the-art engineering topic, including artificial intelligence, drone tech, and military weaponry, while coauthoring an original research paper in collaboration with other student peers and under the guidance of your expert mentor...(more)
Explore AI by completing real-world projects created exclusively for EXPLO by the experts — and earn college credit in the process. Write machine learning code and get first-hand feedback from experts from Rapid7 security firm on the reliability of your code Analyze the bias in AI facial recognition software Learn to identify and combat “Deepfakes” Learn how AI plays a role in vaccine development ..(more)
Imperial’s Global Summer School is a two-week residential STEM programme based in the heart of central London. Take your subject knowledge to the next level through a challenging academic programme. Access professional advice and guidance on applying to study at university in the UK, especially to Imperial. Stay in real student accommodation on our South Kensington Campus. Enjoy a packed evening and weekend social programme. ..(more)
Acadia Institute of Oceanography's Advanced Sessions are pre-college summer courses offered to students age 15-19 who have completed one year of high school science, preferably biology or chemistry. ..(more)
Immersive, Real-World Research Applications The Research Scholars programs at UC San Diego provide students with unparalleled educational opportunities that leverage the intellectual capital of an internationally ranked research university. Students assume the role of researcher, becoming fully immersed in projects that have real-world applications...(more)
The United States Naval Academy Summer STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) program is designed to encourage rising 9th-11th graders to pursue a course of study in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics...(more)
World Scholars Academy offers elite STEM summer courses for ages 12-18 designed and taught by world-leading STEM scholars. Explore your future career path and accelerate your success with personalized college guidance and high-level instruction in STEM subjects led by the world's most accomplished educators...(more)
UC San Diego Division of Extended Studies Pre-College programs provide 3rd - 12th-grade students opportunities to become immersed in intellectually and academically enriching experiences that leverage the power of an internationally ranked public university. Offering online and in-person credit-bearing year-round and summer programs for kids, teens, and adults...(more)
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