Summer Programs

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The K-12 STEM Center follows all University guidelines for protecting students, families, teachers, and staff during the COVID-19 pandemic: no events on or off campus, and staff are working remotely.​​

USC Summer Programs offer, Explore Engineering and 3D Character Design and Creation, 4-week, for-credit, college-immersion courses for high school students interested in exploring engineering. These courses are interactive, engaging and challenging, allowing students to explore new areas of study or build on their high school coursework.

Elementary School

Energy of STEM:

Program Dates: July 19th-July 23rd, 2021 for Elementary Track (Grades 1-2)

July 26th-July 30th, 2021 for Upper Elementary Track (Grades 3-5)

Cost: Free

CS@SC:

Dates: TBD
Cost: TBD

Middle School

Northrop Grumann Summer
Engineering Camp:

Summer 2021 Program Dates: July 19 - 30

Cost: Free

CS@SC:

Dates: TBD
Cost: TBD

 

 

High School

SHINE:

Summer 2021 Program Dates: June 14 - July 30

Cost : $5,100 (early admit), $5,250 (regular admit)

Explore Engineering:

Summer 2021 Program Dates: June 14 – July 9

Cost : $5,985 (Online)

CS@SC:

Dates: TBD
Cost: TBD

Energy of STEM:

Program Dates: July 19-30, 2021 for Grades 9-12

Cost: Free

Teachers

Code.org:

Summer 2021 Program Dates: June 21- 25

Cost : Full Scholarships for teachers of under-represented students, half scholarships for others ($1,500) includes 5-day summer immersion + quarterly Saturday workshops

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Teachers Training

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SHINE

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CS@SC

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Discover Engineering

Elementary School Programs

Energy of STEM


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:
    • July 19-July 23, 2021 for Elementary Track (Grades 1-2)
    • July 26-July 30, 2021 for Upper Elementary Track (Grades 3-5)
  • Application deadline: May 14, 2021
  • Age group: Grades 1-2, Grades 3-5
  • Schedule: 5 days
  • Cost: Free
  • 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: TBD
  • Application deadline: TBD
  • Age group: Kindergarten - 12th grade
  • Schedule: Mon-Fri, 7.30AM - 3.15PM
  • Cost: TBD
  • Scholarship: FULL Merit/Need based scholarships are available
  • Requirements: None (open to all K12 students)
  • Program Website

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: July 19 to July 30, 2021
  • Application deadline: May 31
  • 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

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 14 - July 30, 2021
  • Early deadline: March 26
  • Regular deadline: April 23
  • Age group: Rising sophomores through seniors
  • Schedule: 20 hours/week, usually Mon, Wed, Friday
  • Cost: $5,100 for early deadline and $5,250 for regular deadline
  • Scholarships: Based on financial need + merit
  • Requirements:  Strong track record of independence and STEM engagement (unweighted GPA > 3.4)
  • 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: June 14 - July 9, 2021
  • Application deadline: May 7, 2021, 4:00pm PDT
  • Age group: Completed at least 9th grade by June 14, 2021
  • Schedule: Mon-Fri, Meeting Times Vary: please see course calendar
  • Cost: $5,985 (Online)
  • Scholarships: Not available
  • Housing: None
  • Requirements: Students who will not have completed Pre-Calc/Trig before June 14, 2021 but who wish to be considered for this course must submit the Pre-Calc/Trig Waiver with their application
  • Program Website
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In this college course, students explore how significant innovations in the areas of video game development and design are revolutionizing the metrics and rubrics for character designers, concept artists, and 3D modelers in the 21st century. You will learn an overview of modern character design and modeling techniques while exploring the range of 3D technologies in use today. By the end of the class, you will gain hands-on experience creating your own character and building it!

  • Dates: June 14 - July 9, 2021
  • Application deadline: May 7, 2021, 4:00pm PDT
  • Age group: Completed at least 9th grade by June 14, 2021
  • Schedule: Mon-Fri, 10:45-12:30 PM PDT (AM Session) & 4:00-6:00 PM PDT (PM Session)
  • Cost: $65 (Application Fee), $5,985 (Online)
  • Scholarships: Not available
  • Housing: None
  • Requirements: Rigorous high school curriculum
  • Program Website

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: July 19-30, 2021
  • Application deadline: May 14, 2021
  • Age group: Grades 9-12
  • Schedule: 5 days
  • Cost: Free
  • Program Website
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