Middle School Students

Girls Who Code Summer Program

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The Summer Immersion Program is a FREE 7-week summer program for 10th-11th grade girls to learn computer science, get exposure to tech jobs and join a supportive sisterhood of thousands of girls across the US!

It is an introductory computer science course and no previous experience is required. We welcome all eligible applicants who have an interest in technology and a willingness to learn!

This application consists of one short answer question. Girls Who Code does not ask for your grades or any recommendations.

Application Locations & Dates:

**In order to participate in a Summer Immersion Program, you must be able to commit to attending the entire 7-week program. Our attendance policy allows for two absences.**

  • Atlanta, GA: June 5-July 21, 2017
  • Austin, TX: June 12-July 28, 2017
  • Boston, MA: July 10-August 25, 2017
  • Chicago, IL: June 26-August 11, 2017
  • Los Angeles, CA: June 19-August 4, 2017
  • Miami, FL: June 19-August 4, 2017
  • Newark, NJ: July 5-August 18, 2017
  • New York City, NY: July 5-August 18, 2017; July 10-August 25, 2017;
  • San Francisco Bay Area, CA: June 12-July 28, 2017; June 12-August 4, 2017; June 19-August 4, 2017; June 19-August 11, 2017, June 26th – August 11th
  • Seattle, WA: July 5-August 18, 2017; July 10-August 25, 2017
  • Stamford, CT: July 5-August 18, 2017
  • Washington DC: June 26-August 11, 2017

Watch these step-by-step videos for help completing your application:


Summer Program Opportunities

CDC Disease Detective Camp (DDC)

Applications for the 2017 CDC Museum Disease Detective Camp are now open. Please click here to read the Camp FAQ. There you will find the application download. The CDC Disease Detective Camp is an educational program started by CDC′s David J. Sencer CDC Museum in 2005 as a mechanism for developing a public health camp curriculum for state and county health departments. The camp is open to upcoming high school juniors and seniors and is held at CDC’s headquarters in Atlanta, Georgia.


High School Scientific Training and Enrichment Program (HiSTEP)

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) Office of Intramural Training & Education and Office of Scientific Workforce Diversity announce the new High School Scientific Training and Enrichment Program (HiSTEP). The goal of HiSTEP is to expand the pipeline of students interested in biomedical and healthcare careers by expanding opportunities for high school students from schools with a large population of financially-disadvantaged students. We encourage current high school sophomores, juniors, and seniors interested in STEM-M (science, technology, engineering, mathematics, and medically-related) fields to apply.

HiSTEP students will take part in a 5-week, full-time summer internship. The internship will be located on the main NIH campus in Bethesda, MD. HiSTEP students will explore the breadth of the scientific enterprise, the importance of biomedical research, and many STEM-M careers. They will complete workshops, lectures, and hands-on activities. Students will receive Transhare benefits to cover the cost of public transportation and a stipend of $2150 for the 5-week internship. Please visit the program’s website for more information and application:  https://www.training.nih.gov/histep.

Diversity in Vision Research and Ophthalmology (DIVRO) summer internship program.

The National Eye Institute (NEI), National Institutes of Health (NIH), is seeking exceptional candidates for its Diversity in Vision Research and Ophthalmology (DIVRO) summer internship program. The mission of the NEI is to conduct and support research that helps prevent and treat eye diseases and other visual disorders. Because we believe that a diverse group of scientists plays a crucial role in accomplishing this mission, NEI seeks to increase the number of underrepresented minorities in vision research by promoting career development opportunities for science students interested in pursuing a career in research or medicine.

The DIVRO program offers each participant the opportunity to work closely with leading research scientists in the Division of Intramural Research and provides students with hands-on training in a research environment that will prepare them to continue their studies and advance their careers in basic and clinical research.

The program supports students age sixteen and over who are enrolled at least half-time in high school or in an accredited U.S. college or university and have completed course work relevant to biomedical, behavioral, or statistical research. Applicants must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents and should have a cumulative grade point average (GPA) or science course GPA of 3.2 or better. Interns typically work 8-12 weeks at the NIH campus in Bethesda, MD or at the Twinbrook facility at Fishers Lane in Rockville, MD. Internships may begin between mid-May and the beginning of July. Stipend is commensurate with experience and qualifications.

Interested candidates must apply through the NIH Summer Internship Program at www.training.nih.gov/programs/sip and indicate the following information:

  • For Question #9 of the on-line application, Preferred Institute/Center (IC): National Eye Institute (NEI)
  • In your Cover Letter, please indicate your interest in the DIVRO program.

The National Science Foundation’s Historically Black Colleges and University Undergraduate Program (HBCU-UP) seeks to enhance the quality of undergraduate science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) education at Historically Black Colleges and Universities as a means to broaden participation in the Nation’s STEM workforce. The program provides support for the implementation of comprehensive institutional strategies to strengthen STEM teaching and learning in ways that improve access to and retention of underrepresented groups in STEM disciplines.

The Summer Enrichment Institute is designed to provide students with a structured environment customized to enhance their academic performance in STEM courses and to expose them to the various STEM Careers. High school students participate in a variety of fun-filled, exciting and challenging activities that focus primarily on academic development, career development, and mentoring.

Activities are conducted using interactive group discussions, games, cooperative learning strategies, computer labs, invited guest speakers, field experiences, role playing, and hands-on approaches to help students apply a given strategy or concept.

SEI Enrollment Requirements: Underrepresented Minority (African American, Hispanic, Native American, female, etc…) Rising sophomore, junior or senior in high school with at least a 3.0 GPA Commitment to completing SEI.

This program has 9 participating institutions:

  • Clark Atlanta University (Lead)
  • Lawson State Community College (Lead)
  • Atlanta Metropolitan College
  • Georgia State University
  • J.F. Drake State Technical College
  • Morehouse College
  • Paine College
  • Spelman College
  • University of West Georgia

Please visit the program’s website for additional information and application: http://www.cadgraph.ehost.com/.

The AgDiscovery Summer Program is an outreach program to help students learn about careers in agriculture and related sciences, including animal science, veterinary  medicine, agribusiness and plant pathology. This 2-3 week program allows participants to live on a college campus and learn about Agricultural science from university professors, practicing veterinarians and professionals working for the U.S. Government. Students chosen to participate in AgDiscovery will gain experience through hands-on labs, workshops, field trips and other group and team building activities. Please visit the program’s website for additional information and application: http://www.tuskegee.edu/agritrek/agdiscovery_overview.aspx.

The Tuskegee University AgriTREK and SciTREK Summer Institutes are residential two -week summer outreach experiences in agricultural and related sciences, including engineering, biology, chemistry and more, that allow high school students the opportunity to gain valuable educational and career information through leadership training and experiential learning. Please visit the program’s website for additional information and application: http://www.tuskegee.edu/agritrek/agritrekscitrek_overview.aspx.

Application Requirements

  • Individuals can access the applications for AgriTREK/SciTREK and AgDiscovery below.
  • ALL applications (must be complete and signed) and supplemental documents should be received by the deadline. Selectees will be notified on or before April 30 if selected.
  • The programs will be held June 4-17, 2017.

    ***Please check back for application availability in early December for the summer 2017 program*** (http://www.tuskegee.edu/agritrek/how_to_apply.aspx)

Channeling Atmospheric Research into Educational Experiences Reaching Students (CAREERS) is a national program. CAREERS consist of a network of summer science camps with a primary focus on Atmospheric/Weather and Climate Sciences for high school (HS) students.

The weather camp is supported by funds from the NOAA Educational Partnership Program for Minority Serving Institutions (EPP/MSI) through the NOAA Center for Atmospheric Sciences (NCAS) at Howard University. NCAS CAREERS Weather Camps are free of charge.

Participating Institution(s):

  • Howard University (Lead)
  • Jackson State University
  • National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)
  • Universidad de Puerto Rico, Mayagüez
  • University of Texas, El Paso

Please visit the program’s website for additional information and application: http://ncas.howard.edu/outreach-programs/weather-camp/.

Auburn University hosts over 100 summer programs designed to educate and inspire youth in a variety of academic, athletic, and extracurricular endeavors. Participants have the opportunity to further their education and skills while making new friends and experiencing life at Auburn University!

Participants will meet students from across the country while experiencing life at Auburn first-hand. The program has hosted over 630 students from 30 states, the Caribbean, and Europe.

Camp tuition fees are all inclusive and cover all instruction, housing, meals, transportation fees, recreational activities, as well as a camp t-shirt and photo.

Some of the Academic Enrichment Camps at AU are:

  • AU Brain Camp
  • Aviation Camp
  • Computer Science For All Girls (CS4ALL-G) Camp
  • COSAM Robotics Academy
  • COSAM Science Matters
  • COSAM Summer Science Institute
  • Cyber Security Engineering Camp
  • Dance Intensive
  • Engineering: Alabama Power Academic Excellence Program (for incoming freshmen)
  • Engineering: SR TIGERS Engineering Camp
  • Engineering: Women in Engineering Camp
  • Fisheries and Aquaculture Camp
  • Food Science Camp
  • Forestry Camp
  • Jr. Sports Science Camp
  • Musical Theatre Camp
  • Robotics and Game Development
  • Veterinary Camps: JR and SR

Please visit the program’s website for more detailed information and application: http://www.auburn.edu/outreach/opce/auburnyouthprograms/

The Institute on Neuroscience (ION/Teach) is an eight-week summer program, sponsored by the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) and hosted by Georgia State University, Emory University, and the Yerkes National Primate Research Center. The program is seeking high school students who excel in science, as well as for middle and high school teachers.

The program will kick off with a Saturday workshop in May (date to be determined). Then during a 1-week introductory curriculum, ION Scholars (both students and teachers) learn about neuroscience through hands-on activities, discussions and readings directed by faculty members, post-doctoral researchers and undergraduate and graduate students. Scholars may also visit research facilities to learn about various techniques, such as positron emission tomography (PET) scanning or electron microscopy. Special workshops throughout the summer focus on scientific communication, science and society, scientific ethics and special topics in neuroscience. Teachers will devote Friday mornings to lesson plan development, while students focus on scientific writing.

Please visit the program’s website for more detailed information and application: http://www.cbn-atl.org/education/ion.shtml.

SIG – Summer Institutes for the Gifted

About SIG

Our Mission Statement

The mission of the Summer Institute for the Gifted is to provide the highest quality educational and social opportunities for academically gifted and talented students through programs designed to meet their abilities and needs.

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“The SIG program and curriculum provide great opportunities for students to explore new interest areas, strengthen current passions and skills, and interact with other kids who love learning. Such programs are critical in helping students increase their ability to think independently, discover their academic motivations, and make personal contributions to new thought and action in their current and future lives. SIG’s goal of enriching the lives of students through building a community of learners in a compacted three-week session is consistent with our goals for such students and we support the program with great enthusiasm.”
Joseph S. Renzulli, Ed.D. Director, The Neag Center For Creativity, Gifted Education, and Talent Development 2


Space Camp

Camp Kennedy Space Center and Space Camp

Q. Where can I get an address for Camp Kennedy Space Center or U.S. Space Camp?
Q. Is there an Adult Astronaut Camp?
Q. Can you give me some information about the camp at Kennedy Space Center?
Q. What other programs are available at Kennedy Space Center for young people?

Q. Where can I get an address for Space Camp?
A. Here at Kennedy Space Center we offer spring and summer camps called Camp Kennedy Space Center. You can write to them at the address below or visit the website.

Camp KSC
c/o DNC Parks and Resorts at KSC, Inc.
Mail Code: DNPS
Kennedy Space Center, FL 32899
Camp Kennedy Space Center

Space Camp, Space Academy, Space Camp Robotics and Aviation Challenge are weeklong, overnight programs offered January through November at the U.S. Space & Rocket Center in Huntsville, Alabama. For more information on the programs for children, families, adults and educators, visit www.spacecamp.com or contact:

U.S. Space & Rocket Center
One Tranquility Base
Huntsville, AL 35807
1 800-63-SPACE (1-800-637-7223) or 256-837-3400

Q. Is there an Adult Astronaut Camp?
A. DNC Parks and Resorts at Kennedy Space Center, the contractor who runs the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex, has started a program called “Astronaut Training Experience,” which is a one-day extensive “astronaut training” program for teens over 14 years old and adults. For more information, please click on the link below.
Astronaut Training Experience

Q. Can you give me some information about Camp Kennedy Space Center?
A. Camp Kennedy Space Center is a weeklong summer day camp. Camp sessions are available for students entering second through eleventh grade and run from June through August. Camp KSC includes motion-based space simulations, team-building space exploration activities, and question-and-answer sessions with actual astronauts. The activities are led by specially trained, certified teachers and educators.

The program also includes a full week of space activities, transportation to exciting Kennedy Space Center locations, a complimentary T-shirt, hot lunches and snacks, various take-home materials and handouts, and a graduation ceremony and certificate. Email questions to:kscinfo@dncinc.com, or call (321) 449-4400.

For general information about Camp Kennedy, click on the link below.
Camp Kennedy Space Center

Q.What other programs are available at Kennedy Space Center for young people?
A. There are many exciting and educational kid-friendly programs to enjoy at Kennedy. Click on the link below for further information.
Kennedy Youth and Education Programs


Summer College Programs – A Word of Caution

U.S. News & World Reports provides important considerations before spending thousands of dollars on a pre-college or summer program:

Pre-college summer programs often give teens a taste of the most attractive aspects of college life: dorm housing, challenging classes and a parent-free environment. While advisers and program directors help students navigate their new surroundings, there are ways parents can help high schoolstudents prepare for the experience before they ever set foot on campus.

Mollie Garberg believes sending one of her daughters to a pre-college program to study neuroscience at Emory University helped when it was time to apply for schools.

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“She got a glowing evaluation and we attached it to her [college] application[s],” says Garberg. Her daughter, she says, is now in the honors program at Tulane University. Garberg, a mom of three who lives outside of Boston, says the program also helped boost her child’s confidence.

“She understood what college was going to be like,” she says. “She was excited about it.” This summer Garberg plans to send another one of her girls to Brown University for a two-week summer program.

Academic enrichment programs for teens typically run anywhere from one to 10 weeks. Garberg paid about $3,000 to send her oldest daughter to the two-week Emory program. Some programs cost as much as $10,000.

“They’re not cheap, but they’re worth it,” Garberg says.

Click here to read the full article…


12 Best Pre-College Programs

By Rebecca Rubin

As a high school student, it’s hard to know what colleges are looking for in their applicants. Officer positions in clubs and good grades in advanced-level classes are always a nice place to start, but it’s the students who go the extra mile (literally!) who tend to catch the eyes of admission officers.

Summer vacation can be a great time to get ahead, especially if you decide to attend an academic program. Whether you’re a business buff or a journalism junkie, there’s a summer program that can help you learn more about your future career field and develop connections for the future. It’s never too early to start racking up experiences for your resume, and summer programs are also an effective way for any high school student to get a taste of college living!

The programs listed below are held at universities in the top of their field. Check out some of the leading ranked programs in the country, broken up by area of interest!

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UNC – Charlotte Pre-College Program

The University of North Carolina at Charlotte’s North Carolina Mathematics and Science Education Network (NC-MSEN) Pre-College Program is housed in the Center for Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Education. The goal of the NC-MSEN Pre-College Program is to broaden the pool of students pursuing mathematics, science, and engineering based majors and careers. The UNC Charlotte NC-MSEN Pre-College Program actively recruits and prepares students of average to above average ability in grades 6-12 from six counties surrounding the UNC Charlotte area.

The parents, students, administrative staff, and teachers continually strive to provide opportunities to enhance abilities and develop skills that will enable the students to recognize and achieve their potential.

Parents Involved for Excellence (PIE) Club is a vital component to the success of students involved in the UNC Charlotte NC-MSEN Pre-College Program. The PIE Club meets periodically at UNC Charlotte during SA activities. Attendance at these meetings affords parents opportunities to stay abreast and volunteer for events and student activities. The PIE Club helps in raising funds to support graduating Pre-College Program students.
The Center for STEM MSEN Pre-College Program consists of two programs:
  • Saturday Academy

The program consists of twelve Saturdays during the academic year. During each of the Saturday Academy (SA) sessions the students engage in various hands-on enrichment activities in math, science, communications, and test taking skills by qualified instructional staff. Other SA activities include: participation in Lego robotics, Women in Engineering, Super Math competitions, SPARCS, regional science fair, regional MSEN day, guest speakers from businesses and communities, USA Test Prep, and NC Writing Program (NCWRITE). Optional activities offered for SA students are extended online learning K-12 instruction*, SAT/ACT, and the Girls & Tech-Aspire Program. Students also participate in the MSEN day competitions between UNC pre-college MSEN sites in North Carolina. The enrollment fee for SA is $150.00 for twelve Saturdays (sibling and summer scholars discounts are available upon request).

  • Summer Scholars

The Summer Scholars Program offers students interactive experiences that refine the skills, knowledge, and attributes related to mathematical and scientific careers. The students are engaged in instructional contact in math, science research, engineering activities, and technical writing skills for 2-3 weeks during the month of June and/or July. Additional activities may include field trip to an educational site, guest speakers, local area competitions, preparatory activities for science fair and public speaking. The enrollment fee for Summer Scholars only is $125.00 for twelve instructional days (sibling discounts are available upon request)

*CSTEM Pre-College program provides remote access to students from Mecklenburg and surrounding counties (Anson, Cabarrus, Gaston, Stanley, and Union) via K-12 online learning resources for rising 6th through 12th grade students in North Carolina ($100 per course).


Vanderbilt Pre-College Programs

You don’t have to be out of high school to enjoy a Vanderbilt education. Vanderbilt offers a variety of programs to pre-college students, including:

Saturday Academy at Vanderbilt for the Young (SAVY)

Saturday Academy at Vanderbilt for the Young (SAVY) offers weekend enrichment classes for students in kindergarten through 7th grade.

Vanderbilt Center for Science Outreach (CSO)

The Vanderbilt Center for Science Outreach establishes partnerships between university scientists, K-12 educators and students, and the local and global science community and offers summer programs including GAS (Girls And Science) and BEST (Boys Exploring Science and Technology).

Vanderbilt Summer Academy

Vanderbilt Summer Academy serves the needs of highly gifted rising 8th through 12th grade students through a fast-paced academic enrichment program with residential living on the Vanderbilt campus.

Weekend Academy at Vanderbilt University (WAVU)

Weekend Academy at Vanderbilt University (WAVU) is an exciting two-day residential learning and social experience for gifted students currently in grades 7 through 10.

More Summer Programs at Vanderbilt: http://www.vanderbilt.edu/cngr/summer_programs/