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    UMass Amherst Summer Pre-College: Programming for Aspiring Scientists: Python with Applications to Physics

    UMass Amherst Summer Pre-College: Programming for Aspiring Scientists: Python with Applications to Physics


    • Listing Type: Summer Programs
    • Program Delivery: Day, Residential, Online
    • Provided By: College
    • Session Start: July
    • Session Length: Two Weeks
    • Entering Grade: 10th, 11th, 12th
    • Gender: Coed
    • Category: STEM
    • Sub-Categories: STEM, Computer Science, Physics, Coding, Career Exploration
    • Selective: No
    • Ages: 14, 15, 16, 17, 18
    • Minimum Cost: $1,500 - $2,999
    • Career Clusters: Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics
    • Credit Awarded: Yes
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    Learn about Summer 2024 Pre-College opportunities at UMass Amherst. Our residential and online pre-college programs are designed to give you a preview of the UMass student experience, including college-level academics and being part of a learning community of high school students from all across the U.S. and the world. Our programs feature faculty-led courses, state-of-the-art facilities, and the #1 campus dining in the U.S., as ranked by the Princeton Review.


    The use of computers in today’s world has become nearly universal, whether you use them to Google the latest factoid, send an email, write a paper for school, or carry out a calculation. This 2-week course will give you a glimpse into how scientists use computers to solve problems.

    We will begin by learning how to use Python, an open-source programming environment. Computers can only do what is asked of them, so scientists must write instructions for them. We will learn how to create these instructions, called algorithms, and translate them into Python code. And then we will learn how to visualize and fit data and apply this knowledge to a variety of examples, ranging from figuring out how the trajectory of a soccer ball is altered by air resistance, to modeling epidemics. No previous programming experience is assumed.

    Open to rising high school sophomores – seniors. Those new to programming highly encouraged.    


    Students may attend this course either in person or online. 

    In Person Schedule: M - F, 9am - 4pm. This course is offered at the UMass Amherst campus as a residential program. Local students may apply to attend as a commuter.

    Online Schedule: Live, synchronous sessions will meet M - F 9:00am - 11:30am (EST). Plus additional asynchronous work as assigned.

    Cost and Session Information

    Dates: June 30 - July 13, 2024
    Two-Week Residential Intensives: $3,636
    Two-Week Online Intensives: $1,865

    *Program fees listed above include tuition and room & board.
    *All programs require submission of $35 application fee.