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Summer Programs

We offer exciting summer engineering programs that include research opportunities, camps and classes introducing K-12 students to engineering, plus full scholarships for Code.org teacher training June 24-28, 2019.

Energy of STEM


Energy of STEM is a six-day learning adventure filled with hands-on activities in every workshop. Educationally disadvantaged children in grades 4-12 will work in small groups within each workshop to study Aerodynamics, Physics, Coding, Energy, Electronics, and much more in an interactive hands-on environment. Workshops are led by industry professionals and educators who work in the areas of science, mathematics and engineering. 


  • Dates: July 15 - July 20
  • Application deadline: Applications accepted on a rolling basis until May 1st or until all slots are filled
  • Age group: Rising 4th- 12th grade
  • Schedule: 6 days
  • Cost: Free
  • Scholarship: N/A
  • Housing: Not provided
  • Requirements: None (open to all rising 4th - 12th grade students)
  • Program Website
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CS@SC

These camps in Computer Science (CS) are designed to provide students with an early education into computer science, engineering, and applied physical science, which are not typically covered in formal K12 curricula.

  • Dates: July - August (1-week long per camp)
  • Application deadline: TBA
  • Age group: Kindergarten - 12th grade
  • Schedule: Mon-Fri, 7.30AM - 3.15PM
  • Cost: $550 or scholarship
  • Scholarship: FULL Merit/Need based scholarships are available
  • Housing: Not provided
  • Requirements: None (open to all K12 students)
  • Program Website

  • Dates: June 24, 2019 - June 28, 2019
  • Application deadline: TBD
  • Middle and High School Teachers
  • Cost: Full Scholarships for teachers of under-represented students
  • Housing: None
  • Program Website


  • Dates: July 15, 2019 - July 19, 2019
  • Application deadline: May 01, 2019 12 PM PDT
  • High School Science Teachers
  • Scholarship/Stipend provided.
  • Housing: Room, board and meals
  • Program Flyer

In this week-long technology day camp, middle school girls from under-served communities will participate in technology mentorship and app development with industry experts, USC students and staff to increase their education in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM). 

  • Dates: July 22nd -  August 2nd
  • Application deadline: Applications accepted on a rolling basis until May 1st or until all slots are filled
  • Age group: Rising 6th, 7th and 8th grade girls
  • Schedule: Mon-Fri, 8:30AM - 4PM
  • Cost: FREE
  • Housing: Not Provided
  • Program Website

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: July 15 to July 26, 2019  
  • Application deadline: May 1
  • Age group: Currently enrolled in 5th, 6th or 7th grade
  • Schedule: Mon-Fri, 8AM - 4PM
  • Cost: $750 (free depending on securing program funds)
  • Scholarships: FULL scholarship for all low-income students
  • Housing: Not Provided
  • Requirements: B average in Science and Math classes
  • Program Website

Students will take a deep dive into subject matter focused on programming through the creation of mobile apps and 3D video games and interactive stories using Unity.

  • Dates: June 17 to 28, 2019
  • Application deadline: May 1
  • Age group: Currently enrolled in 5th, 6th or 7th grade
  • Schedule: Mon-Fri, 9AM - 4PM
  • Cost: Free
  • Housing: Not Provided
  • Requirements: B average in Science and Math classes
  • Program Website

SHINE is now full and we are no longer accepting applications.
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 17, 2019 - August 2, 2019 
  • Application: Closed
  • Age group: Rising sophomores through seniors
  • Schedule: TBA
  • Cost: TBA
  • Housing: Not Provided
  • Requirements:  Strong track record of independence and STEM engagement (unweighted GPA > 3.4)
  • Program Website

Research opportunities in human health
still exist for high school students in USC Dornsife's BUGS Jr. Program
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In this two week seminar, students work on different aspects of engineering projects from design to completion covering aerospace, biomedical, chemical, civil, computer science and mechanical engineering disciplines.

  • Dates: June 17, 2019 – June 28, 2019
  • Application deadline: Applications accepted on a rolling basis until May 1st or until all slots are filled
  • Age group: Current 10th or 11th grade
  • Schedule: Mon-Fri, 9AM - 5PM
  • Cost: $750
  • Scholarships: FULL scholarship for all low-income students
  • Housing: Not Provided
  • Requirements: Min 3.0 GPA in college prep courses, and completed Algebra 2 or higher with at least a B by June 2019
  • Program Website

In this college course, students explore how significant innovations in the areas of 3D computer graphics and 3D printing technologies are revolutionizing how designers, artists, and engineers create products and tools. Students will gain hands-on experience creating their own designs and shaping the creative process to final printed production. 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 17, 2018
  • Schedule: Mon-Fri, 9AM - 4PM
  • Cost: $8,534 (Residential), $6,059 (Commuter)
  • Scholarships: Currently not available – the Summer 2018 scholarship deadline for military families has passed.
  • Housing: Live on USC’s main campus or commute
  • Requirements: Basic computer skills
  • Program Website

High school students are invited to participate in a highly experiential course teaching key concepts of engineering entrepreneurship focused on the theme of the “Internet of Things”. Students will learn how to think like an entrepreneur, develop a commercialization plan for an invention of your own design, and gain hands-on skills in developing electronic and digital prototypes. Topics covered include entrepreneurial team dynamics, technology and strategic assessments, creativity and business model development, communication to investors and technology managers, and technology plan development.

Students will spend four weeks at the University of Southern California in Los Angeles, where they will develop core skills in collegiate environments. Program activities may include field visits to the Viterbi Startup Garage Incubator in the heart of Silicon Beach and the USC Center for Advanced Manufacturing, as well as interview sessions with real entrepreneurs. The course culminates in a final “Demo Day” presentation.

This program was previously called the Summer Commercialization and Innovation High School Institute (SCIHI).

Details about housing and cost are available on USC Summer Programs.

  • Dates: June 16 - July 13, 2019
  • Application deadline: April 26, 2019
  • Age group: High School Sophomore, Junior, or Senior in Fall 2019
  • Schedule: Mon-Thur, 9AM - 4:30PM
  • Cost: $60 (Application Fee), $8,832 (Residential), $6,252 (Commuter)
  • Scholarships: Not Available
  • Housing: Live on campus or commute
  • Requirements: Rigorous high school curriculum
  • Program Website

In this college course, students gain an overview of the video game production process and hands-on experience by developing video games and utilizing various software applications. By the end of the course, students will be able to conceptualize, design, develop, implement and integrate current and emerging video game features and technologies. Students receive 3 units of USC elective credit upon successful course completion.

  • Dates: TBD
  • Application deadline: TBD
  • Age group: Completed at least the 9th grade by June 17, 2018
  • Schedule: Mon-Fri, 9AM - 4.30PM
  • Cost: $8,534 (Residential), 
    $6,059 (Commuter)
  • Scholarships: : Currently not available – the Summer 2018 scholarship deadline for military families has passed.
  • Housing: Live on campus or commute
  • Requirements: Basic computer skills
  • Program Website

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 17, 2018
  • Schedule: Mon-Fri, 9AM - 4PM
  • Cost: $8,534 (Residential), $6,059 (Commuter)
  • Scholarships: Currently not available – the Summer 2018 scholarship deadline for military families has passed.
  • Housing: Live on USC’s main campus or commute
  • Requirements: Students who will not have completed Algebra 2 before summer 2019 but who wish to be considered for this course must submit the Algebra 2 Waiver Form with their application.
  • Program Website