Physical Sciences Overview

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Due to restrictions imposed by the university regarding on-campus youth programs for Summer 2020, the Physical Sciences Summer Institute will now be offered ONLINE.

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 “Science of the Unseen”, this Summer Institute will expose students to a range of scientific phenomena that require specialized experiments or analysis to uncover, including subatomic particles, earthquakes, and ecological changes. 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: Monday to Friday, June 22 – 26, 2020

Program Cost: $250 (includes instruction, a t-shirt, and a certificate)

Who can apply? Rising 6th-8th graders

When can I apply? Applications will open in February 2020.

For additional information, please view the Physical Sciences FAQs