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.

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.

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All Ages

Energy of STEM:

Dates: Canceled for 2020
Cost: Free

CS@SC:

Dates: July-August (1 week Long per camp)
Cost: $500 or Scholarship

Middle School

Techie Camp:

Dates: Postponed Indefintely 
Cost: Free

Northrop Grumann
Engineering:

Dates: July 27-31, 2020 followed by monthly virtual/in-person sessions August to December
Cost: Free

PPE STEM Challenge:

Dates:  July 13 - July 24, 2020
Cost: Free

2020 PPE STEM Challenge Winners

High School

SHINE:

Dates: June 15-July 31, 2020 
Cost : $5,000

Explore Engineering:

Dates: June 15-July 10, 2020 
Cost : $9,126 (Residential), $6,469 (Commuter)

Teachers

Code.org:

Dates: July 13-July 17, 2020 (CSP), July 20-July 24 (CSD)

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

Apply Here
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Teachers Training

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SHINE

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CS@SC

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Discover Engineering

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, project-learning environment. Workshops are led by industry professionals and educators who work in the areas of science, mathematics and engineering. 

  • Dates: Canceled for 2020
  • Application deadline: Rolling basis until
    May 31st or until all slots are filled
  • Age group: Rising 4th- 12th grade
  • Schedule: 6 days
  • Cost: Free
  • 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

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 20 to July 31, 2020  
  • Application deadline: May 1
  • Age group: Currently enrolled in 5th, 6th or 7th grade
  • Schedule: Mon-Fri, 8AM - 4PM
  • Cost: $750 (or free depending on funding, check back)
  • 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: Postponed Indefinitely
  • 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

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 15, 2020 - July 31, 2020 
  • Early deadline: February 17 (financial aid deadline)
  • Regular deadline: March 16
  • Age group: Rising sophomores through seniors
  • Schedule: 20 hours/week, usually Mon, Wed, Friday
  • Cost: $5,000
  • Scholarships: some based on financial need + merit
  • Housing: Not Provided
  • 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 15 - July 10, 2020
  • Application deadline: 24 April, 2020
  • Age group: Completed at least 9th grade by June 14, 2020
  • Schedule: Mon-Fri, 9AM - 4PM
  • Cost: $9,126 (Residential), $6,469 (Commuter)
  • Scholarships: Not available
  • 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
Research opportunities in human health
still exist for high school students in USC Dornsife's BUGS Jr. Program
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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.

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 14 - July 11, 2020
  • Application deadline: April 24, 2020
  • Age group: High School Sophomore, Junior, or Senior in Fall 2019
  • Schedule: Mon-Thur, 9AM - 4:30PM
  • Cost: $60 (Application Fee), $9,126 (Residential), $6,469 (Commuter)
  • Scholarships: Not Available
  • Housing: Live on campus or commute
  • Requirements: Rigorous high school curriculum
  • Program Website

USC Summer Programs

USC Summer Programs also offers 3D Design and Protoyping and Introduction to Video Game Design, which may interest some high school students interested in these engineering-related fields. 

  • Dates: June 14 - July 11, 2020
  • Application deadline: April 24, 2020
  • Age group: High School Sophomore, Junior, or Senior in Fall 2019
  • Schedule: Mon-Thur, 9AM - 4:30PM
  • Cost: $60 (Application Fee), $9,126 (Residential), $6,469 (Commuter)
  • Scholarships: Not Available
  • Housing: Live on campus or commute
  • Requirements: Rigorous high school curriculum
  • Program Website