Physical Sciences Overview

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The University of Central Florida is committed to ensuring the health and safety of our Summer Institute (SI) students. We have shifted some of our programs to virtual for Summer 2021 and will continue to monitor and follow university guidelines regarding COVID-19, applicable to our programs. Potential cancellations, student capacities, locations, and other details may change as information surrounding the current pandemic continues to unfold. We will update our websites as new information becomes available and appreciate your flexibility and patience during this time.

The Physical Sciences Summer Institute for Summer 2021 is CANCELLED.

Science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) fields are some of the fastest growing and most lucrative. A solid foundation in middle and high school is critical for students to have the option of pursuing those careers. It’s also important to be able to communicate that knowledge effectively, in a variety of formats, and to different audiences. Focusing on the theme “Finding Patterns in Big Data”, this Summer Institute will guide students as they investigate authentic scientific data ranging from astrophysics to ecology. Scientific disciplines (physical, earth, and life), engineering, computer science, mathematics, and tech skills (coding and web design) come together as useful tools to investigate these topics. Students will also learn about college and career options and how they can help make STEM fields more welcoming and inclusive.

The program will run from 9:30am to 3:30pm Monday-Friday and will be held ONLINE via video conference. Successful students will be those who are eager to learn new things, work hard during the week, and be a supportive group member. The are no academic prerequisites, but a teacher recommendation is required.

Technology requirements:

  • A reliable internet connection
  • A laptop or desktop computer (tablets and mobile devices are not well-supported with the digital tools we’ll be using).
  • A Google account (using a parent/guardian’s account is acceptable)


Program Dates: June 7-11, 2021

Program Cost: $250

Who can apply? Rising 6th-8th graders

When can I apply? Applications will open in March 2021

For additional information, please view the Physical Sciences FAQs