Summer Programs

Summer Programs

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Elementary School Programs

During the virtual camps, students will have the opportunity to explore concepts around Green Energy (elementary) and Electronics (high school). The camps will include demonstrations and lessons, hands-on projects and group-work, and time for connecting and sharing with peers in a fun, engaging environment. All materials needed for the camp will be provided and mailed to students' homes prior to the start of the camp, along with a camp schedule. Activities will be led by USC Viterbi Center staff and USC students.
  • Dates: TBD for Elementary Track (Grades 3-5)
  • Application deadline: TBD
  • Age group: Grades 3-5
  • Schedule: 5 days
  • Cost: Free
  • Program Website
Energy of STEM

During each class, students learn what computer science is and how it relates to real-world problems. They will be able to describe how a computer program is written and executed and write a computer program to solve a given problem using basic programming constructs such as variables, conditions, and loop. We offer classes both in-person and virtual. Subjects taught include Scratch, Python, Java, Web development, Cybersecurity, and Robotics.

  • Dates: TBD
  • Application Deadline: TBD
  • Age group: Grades K-5
  • Schedule: M-F (1 week class)
  • Cost: See website
  • Program Website
Energy of STEM

Middle School Programs

During the two week camp, students will explore aerospace, electrical, civil and mechanical engineering with hands-on activities such as rockets, circuits, bridges, and robots.  Students will also explore computer science by learning to code and write apps.

  • Dates: TBD
  • Application deadline: TBD
  • Age group: Currently enrolled in 5th, 6th or 7th grade
  • Schedule: Mon-Fri
  • Cost: Free
  • Scholarships: FULL scholarship for all low-income students
  • Requirements: B average in Science and Math classes
  • Program Website
Summer Engineering Camp

During this two week summer camp, middle school girls will design, build and launch their rockets and high-altitude balloon sensor device at STARBASE in Los Alamitos. Students will use the scientific method and engineering design process to experiment and gather data on their launches.

  • Dates: TBD
  • Application deadline: TBD
  • Age group: Currently enrolled in 5th, 6th or 7th grade
  • Schedule: Mon-Fri
  • Cost: Free
  • Scholarships: FULL scholarship for all low-income students
  • Requirements: B average in Science and Math classes
  • Program Website
Project Payload

During each class, students learn what computer science is and how it relates to real-world problems. They will be able to describe how a computer program is written and executed and write a computer program to solve a given problem using basic programming constructs such as variables, conditions, and loop. We offer classes both in-person and virtual. Subjects taught include Scratch, Python, Java, Web development, Cybersecurity, and Robotics.

  • Dates: TBD
  • Application Deadline: TBD
  • Age group: Grades 6-8
  • Schedule: M-F (1 week class)
  • Cost: See website
  • Program Website
Energy of STEM

High School Programs

The Summer High School Intensive in Next-Generation Engineering (SHINE) offers a seven-week immersion in a professor’s lab, with close mentoring by the research team plus SHINE cohort activities.

  • Dates: June 12 – July 28
  • Age group: Rising sophomores through seniors
  • Schedule: 20 hours/week, usually Mon, Wed, Friday
  • Cost: $5,750
  • Scholarships: Based on demonstrated financial need + academic merit
  • Requirements:  Strong track record of independence and STEM engagement (unweighted GPA > 3.4)
  • Program Website
SHINE

In this college course, students will explore various disciplines of engineering through academic lectures and classroom discussions. Students will gain practical experience through hands-on projects which involve designing, building and testing and will learn how to conduct research using design thinking and the engineering design process. Students receive 3 units of USC elective credit upon successful course completion.

  • Dates: TBD
  • Application deadline: TBD
  • Age group: Completed at least 9th grade by June 19, 2022
  • Cost: $6,105
  • Scholarships: Not available
  • Housing: None
  • Requirements: Students who will not have completed Pre-Calc/Trig before June 19, 2022 but who wish to be considered for this course must submit the Pre-Calc/Trig Waiver with their application
  • Program Website
Discover Engineering

During the virtual camps, students will have the opportunity to explore concepts around Green Energy (elementary) and Electronics (high school). The camps will include demonstrations and lessons, hands-on projects and group-work, and time for connecting and sharing with peers in a fun, engaging environment. All materials needed for the camp will be provided and mailed to students' homes prior to the start of the camp, along with a camp schedule. Activities will be led by USC Viterbi Center staff and USC students.

  • Dates: TBD
  • Application deadline: TBD
  • Age group: Grades 9-12
  • Schedule: 5 days
  • Cost: Free
  • Program Website
Energy of STEM

During each class, students learn what computer science is and how it relates to real-world problems. They will be able to describe how a computer program is written and executed and write a computer program to solve a given problem using basic programming constructs such as variables, conditions, and loop. We offer classes both in-person and virtual. Subjects taught include Scratch, Python, Java, Web development, Cybersecurity, and Robotics.

  • Dates: TBD
  • Application Deadline: TBD
  • Age group: Grades 9-12
  • Schedule: M-F (1 week class)
  • Cost: See website
  • Program Website
Energy of STEM

Teachers                                   

USC and Code.org work together as partners to help K-12 teachers, principals, and district administrators to add Computer Science classes in the 2022-23 academic schedule. USC Viterbi School of Engineering has already trained over 100 teachers, even educators with no computer experience! We start in summer by training teachers how to use Code.org’s free, standards-aligned CS curricula; those teachers stay in a community of practice that continues over the first implementation year, attending quarterly workshops for additional support in teaching CS through project-based learning, even during a pandemic.
code.org

The Virtual Colloquium on Energy Transition sponsored by Chevron will be held during July 25-26, 2022 at USC. A maximum of 20 science teachers will be selected from the applicant list to participate. The colloquium will include a total of three sessions each lasting three hours plus a final three hours for feedback from the participating teachers. Selected teachers who participate and complete the two-day program will receive a stipend, and CE credit.

To apply please visit https://ecet.usc.edu/workshops/ or https://cisoft.usc.edu/

The colloquium is intended to provide the participating high school science teachers an opportunity to become acquainted with educational aspects of Energy Transition for the benefit of their students before the start of the new school year.

  • Dates: TBD
  • Application Deadline: TBD
  • Age group: All Teachers
  • Program Website
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Published on March 7th, 2018

Last updated on November 21st, 2022