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Boulder, Colorado

Get InfoApply NowSpecial STEM academies for summer 20212 or 4 Week ProgramsApply and Enroll by November 20 and Save $300For students completing grades 9, 10, 11, 12 (ages 14-18)
4 WeeksSpend 4 weeks on campus.
2 WeeksSpend 2 weeks on campus.
Option 1: AcademiesIntensive, all-day academies focused on one academic area.
Option 2: ResearchRigorous STEM research options.
  • Academies
    • STEM 8
      • Aerospace & Aeronautics

        This course introduces students to Aerospace Engineering concepts, design challenges, and experiences with aircraft, spacecraft, and related engineering sciences. Students will be doing a mix of activities, but with a focus on having hands on experiences, actively building their knowledge and understanding of Aerospace Engineering and its applications.

        Who Should Take This Course?This academy is for budding engineers who want to contribute to society and solve the world's problems through aerospace engineering innovations.HighlightsThis course includes learning experiences with paper airplanes, gliders, airfoils, a field trip to Wings over the Rockies, National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR) field trip, Mars Lander and Rover designs, heat shield design, rockets, planetary sciences, wind turbines, tours at CU’s Laboratory for Atmospheric and Space Physics (LASP), drones, speakers, and astronaut experiences to name a few.DatesJun 27 - Jul 9: 2 Weeks Session #1  |  Jul 11 - Jul 23: 2 Weeks Session #2  |  Jun 27 - Jul 23: 4 Weeks (two 2-week sessions)Apply NowCall Us: 516-621-3939
      • Creative Technologies

        Boulder has been called the Silicon Valley of the front range. A great idea can only get you so far, how do you create a prototype, test your product and develop a great marketing deck? CU Boulder is a hot bed of tech startups that go places. Sphero, Cublets, Specdrums (now owned by Sphero), Bitzbox, SparkFun and many more, all call Boulder home and many started as ideas at the University. You will have a chance to perfect your tech pitch, learn about business models and valuations and get technical support from our top engineers. 

        $100 Lab/Materials Fee

        Who Should Take This Course?Students who are interested in learning about entrepreneurship and technology.HighlightsThis class will be a mix of field trips, technical instruction and business savvy, culminating in a ‘Shark Tank’ like pitch of your own ideas to a panel of judges. The University of Colorado, Boulder is a unique environment that fosters and nurtures new tech start-ups, with Catalyze CU (startup accelerator summer program) and TechSTARS in Boulder, they have a wealth of expertise in making your dreams become reality.DatesJun 27 - Jul 9: 2 Weeks Session #1Similar Course Available AtU MichiganApply NowCall Us: 516-621-3939
      • Engineering in the Maker Age

        This Academy provides students an introduction to engineering through a series of hands-on engineering design projects. Working in teams, students will learn fundamental engineering concepts and develop valuable skills, including communication skills, how to work collaboratively in teams, and the basic steps in the engineering design process. Students in this course will take on three unique engineering challenges and learn about the engineering design cycle as they compete with fellow classmates.

        Who Should Take This Course?This academy is suitable for STEM focused students who are interested in pursuing a career in engineering and want to understand the various aspects of engineering.HighlightsStudents take on challenges that will expose them to aspects of Mechanical, Electrical, and Structural Engineering. Some of these project may include: compressed air-powered vehicles, weight bearing structures challenge, paper mechatronics, circuitry projects and the engineering design cycle.DatesJun 27 - Jul 9: 2 Weeks Session #1  |  Jul 11 - Jul 23: 2 Weeks Session #2  |  Jun 27 - Jul 23: 4 Weeks (two 2-week sessions)Similar Course Available AtUC Santa Barbara, U Texas Austin, Cambridge UApply NowCall Us: 516-621-3939
      • Introduction to Arduino Programming

        This hands-on virtual class is an introduction to physical computing using the popular Arduino microcontroller platform. Learn how to put together simple electronic circuits and write programs (Arduino "sketches") to create projects that light up, move, and make sound. This hands-on virtual class is an introduction to physical computing using the popular Arduino microcontroller platform. Learn how to put together simple electronic circuits and write programs (Arduino "sketches") to create projects that light up, move, and make sound. We’ll be using the Seeed Studio Grove Beginner Kit for Arduino which is very easy to use while also being expandable and flexible for future projects.

        Who Should Take This Course?This course is ideal for students with very little programming experience who are interested in learning to code in a fun and project based environment.DatesJun 27 - Jul 9: 2 Weeks Session #1Apply NowCall Us: 516-621-3939
      • Neuroscience

        This Academy will dive into topics such as sensory systems, learning and memory, and behavior, and explore numerous questions about the mind and brain from a variety of different perspectives, including anatomy and physiology, neuroscience, psychology, and cognitive science. This course begins with an introduction to the anatomy and physiology of the brain, as we learn about different brain structures and their related functions. Hands-on activities and experiments, together with laboratory tours and guest presentations, will build on this foundation and develop our understanding of the brain. We’ll explore the topics of intelligence and artificial intelligence, brain plasticity in the context of development, and the role that genetics may play in behavior.

        Who Should Take This Course?This academy is suitable for STEM focused students who are interested in how the brain works.HighlightsStudents will engage in mini-experiments on topics such as memory, sensory processing, and cognitive load, in order to learn how scientists conduct research on the brain.DatesJul 11 - Jul 23: 2 Weeks Session #2Similar Course Available AtUC Santa Barbara, U Texas Austin, Johns Hopkins, PennApply NowCall Us: 516-621-3939
      • Robotics

        Through hands-on experiments, programming design and development, students will learn the basics of robot motion, sensors, and control. Start your course by playing with several robot platforms such as Cubelets, Sphero SPRK+, and Dash and Dot. Students will use their newfound knowledge to program their own Sphero RVR.

        The Sphero RVR is a great way to learn robotics and computer programming. Students will complete experiments to learn how to drive and control their own robot. They will also learn how to develop software programs using standard programming language.

        Students will participate in group activities to design, build, and demonstrate their own robot projects using additional sensors, actuators and other components.

        $200 Lab/Materials Fee

        Who Should Take This Course?This academy is suitable for students who intend to pursue a career in the field of robotics or just enjoy having fun creating their own robots.HighlightsEach student in the class will be issued a SparkFun RedBot robot. The SparkFun RedBot is a great way to get your feet wet in the world of robotics.DatesJul 11 - Jul 23: 2 Weeks Session #2Similar Course Available AtUCLA Middle School Enrichment, UC Santa Barbara, Georgetown U, Georgetown Middle School EnrichmentApply NowCall Us: 516-621-3939
      • Video Production

        This video production workshop will give you hands-on experiences with producing a video story. You will learn how to take an idea and develop it; how to operate cameras and get the best shots; and how to edit using Adobe Premiere. This workshop follows the stages of video production: pre-production, production and post-production. In pre-production, you and your team will come up with an idea and develop it into a story; in production, your teams will then shoot video, including interviews on camera; finally, in post-production, you will write up your script and then edit your final story. 

        Who Should Take This Course?For students who want to learn about the creation and production of making video stories.HighlightsThe story topics will focus on activities in CU’s Aerospace Department. For example, you could do a story about a CU student who’s involved in designing cube-sats, small satellites that can be conceived and built by students, which are then launched into Earth orbit. Video production is a creative and fun way to assemble stories that will connect with audiences and inform them about interesting topics.DatesJul 11 - Jul 23: 2 Weeks Session #2Similar Course Available AtCambridge UApply NowCall Us: 516-621-3939
      • Medical Sciences and Research

        This Academy will cover state-of-the-art topics in biotechnology to provide students with an overview of current and future technologies that make up our current medical sciences and research field. Students will also have the opportunity to meet with scientists from the industry to gain knowledge of how basic research can generate biomedical tools and products. During this exciting course, students will be exposed to the latest and greatest research coming out of CU Boulder.  Students will learn important lab techniques and get some hands on experience in a variety of topics.

        Who Should Take This Course?This academy is suitable for STEM focused students who are interested in Medicine and research. This is also suitable for students who want to be exposed to research topics in several fields of science.HighlightsThrough a series of guest lectures, lab tours and field trips, students will be exposed to research in a variety of topics including, Engineering, Biotechnology, Integrated Physiology, Biomimetics, Neuroscience, Biomaterials and many more.DatesJun 27 - Jul 9: 2 Weeks Session #1Similar Course Available AtUC Santa Barbara, U Michigan, Georgetown U, Johns HopkinsApply NowCall Us: 516-621-3939
  • Research
    • STEM 1
      • STEM Research Experience

        Specific research projects vary from year to year and involve a range of STEM disciplines, including ecology, geosciences, computer science, hydrology, environmental science, engineering, psychology, and STEM education. Participants are selected through a competitive application process and assigned to instructors or graduate student mentors based on their research interests. Admission to the STEM Research Experience is selective and based on a record of academic achievement. Students must have 2-3 potential research project topics. Completed applications are evaluated on a rolling basis. Admissions decisions are made by CU-Boulder. Work schedules may vary among different labs. Readings and assignments may be assigned prior to the start of the program.

        Who Should Take This Course?The STEM Research Experience is an intensive program designed to engage highly motivated high school students in university-level STEM research.HighlightsCU-Boulder instructors and graduate students mentor students in this non-credit program. At the end of the program, students display their work during the Idea Forge Expo. Each mentor works with 1-2 students, based on research interest. Students work on their research project 30-40 hours per week, Monday-Friday.DatesJun 27 - Jul 23: 4 WeeksSimilar Course Available AtPenn, UC Santa BarbaraApply NowCall Us: 516-621-3939
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