Summer STEM Programs Your Teen Will Love
College grads with degrees in a STEM field are in demand, and will be even more so by the time your teens finish school. Give them a leg up at one of these pre-college summer programs.
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Natural Science Investigators
June 25-29, 8:30 am-5:15 pm
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Your teen scientist will spend her time in classes like Experiment Physics and Field Biology learning about career opportunities in science and working on a presentation for an end-of-camp conference. She’ll design and conduct her own experiment, collect data and analyze results with help from experts.
Robotics Summer Camp
July 15-20, 22-27
High schoolers with an interest in robotics or engineering can dorm on campus for this week-long intensive summer program that aims to help students build, program and use their own robots. They’ll learn about electrical and computer engineering, programming and more alongside professors and engineers. This one requires an application, so be sure to fill one out before spots fill up.
NJCSTM Group Summer Scholars Research Program
July 9-August 16, 9 am-4 pm
Set them up for success with a six-week research experience for students prepping for a STEM career. Grades 10-12 are eligible to apply and join research teams paired with faculty members. Your teen scholars will conduct scientific research in Analytical Chemistry, Virtual Reality andScientific Visualization, Microbiomes and Bioinformatics, Cancer Biology, Computational Mathematics and Modern Drug Discovery. Applications are due March 30, so if you miss out, be sure to apply early next year.
College Acceleration Program
West Long Branch, 732-263-5872
July 9-August 16
Rising high school seniors can hit the books while enrolled in introductory college-level courses in Information Technology, Psychology, Natural Sciences and even Climate Science for six weeks. He can earn a few credits, experience what it’s like to live in a dorm and get a taste of college-level work.Application deadline is June 22.
Gifted & Talented Summer Academy
July 2-20, July 23-August 10
Students in grades 7-11 can try a variety of STEM-related courses like Fundamentals of Aerodynamics, Food Microbiology, Foundations of Artificial Intelligence, Biotechnologies and Data Science. There are online, half- and full-day options available. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis.
Center for Pre-College Programs
July 9-August 3, 9 am-3:30 pm
$1,340, $60 application fee
Students need to apply to get into one of these summer programs for grades 5-12. Courses include Women in Engineering and Technology Initiatives (Environmental, Aeronautical, Mechanical, Chemical or Biomedical Engineering, plus Computer Coding), Fundamentals of Physical Sciences, Intermediate Robotics and more. Deadline is April 9.
Summer Institute for the Gifted
July 22-August 11
Teens ages 13-17 can take courses in math, science and technology, and choose between living on campus or commuting for three weeks. Classes include Astrobiology, Savvy Surgeons: Techniques and Practice, Bioinformatics, Environmental Engineering and more. SGI’s classes give teens a chance to mine their passions with focused topics. Deadline is May 15.
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New Brunswick, 848-932-7565
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Rutgers’ Summer Academies offer one-week residential certificate programs for juniors and seniors ages 16-18 in Medical Imaging Technology, Pre-Engineering, STEAM and more. Students live on campus, attend presentations, go on field trips and bond with other teens during rec activities for a week. The Summer Academies programs allow students to learn from professionals, work in maker spaces and try out potential fields of interest. Registration deadlines begin May 3, depending on the session.
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$374-423 per credit
Students ages 16 and up can take up to two intro courses, attend college success workshops, tour the Rutgers-New Brunswick campus, go on field trips and get a jump start on their degree. They’ll work with faculty to explore their interests and potential majors, and can take classes like Digital Game Creation, Earth Systems, Chemistry, Accounting and Metaphysics. Deadlines are May 25 and June 1.
Giant Leap Summer Science Program
South Orange, 973-761-9000
July 9-August 17, 9 am-5 pm
High schoolers can gain basic or advanced hands-on experience to prepare them for the world of scientific research in topics like Astronomy, Mechanics, Electronics and Robotics. Each workshop is five days per week (Astronomy classes require dorming). Students will work in small groups of two or three with faculty, grad students and researchers. Registration opens in March.
Pre-College Summer Courses
July 9-August 9
Rising juniors and seniors can take advanced classes like Intro to Psychology and Principles of Economics for college credit. Classes help prepare students for rigorous college-level work at a discounted cost. Call for registration information.
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A summer with Stevens doesn’t just get your rising junior or senior a beefed-up college application—he’ll leave with a project that’ll set him apart from the rest. He can test out potential majors and receive hands-on experience in topics like Cybersecurity, Civil Engineering, Biomedical Engineering, Coding, Game Design and Virtual Reality. He’ll live in a residence hall, too, giving him an early taste of what college life will be like. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis until classes are filled.