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Lab students perform an experiment.

Youth Programs

We offer summer programs, annual events and classes during the year for young students. Some of those are listed here, but please contact individual departments and programs to see what additional programs might be available.

Center for Science Education

The Center for Science Education's mission is to improve students' understanding of science through courses available to a wide range of age groups. Such courses provide students with a hands-on education through programs such as ScienceLab, Nature Based Inquiry and the South Carolina Academy of Science. The Center also offers training and professional development to current and future K-12 science teachers in order to enhance the quality of science instruction in South Carolina.

Girls Go for I.T.

We offer summer camps and clubs for middle and high school-aged girls in the Midlands who are interested in IT and other STEM careers.

High School Math Contest

This annual competition stimulates interest in mathematics and recognizes South Carolina high school students who exhibit exceptional talent.

K-12 Chemistry Outreach

In 2000, Linda Shimizu initiated and developed a K-12 outreach program that pairs volunteers with teachers in elementary, middle and high schools. Volunteers contact teachers, discuss how experiments relate to science standards and exchange ideas on how to enhance the concepts that teachers are covering in their classes. They then visit K-12 schools to present 50-minute chemistry demonstrations to showcase the scientific method.

Saturday Japanese School

Japanese Saturday School is an opportunity to help the children of Japanese residents stay in touch with the Japanese language and culture through traditional activities and language instruction.

SC Summer Dance Conservatory

The South Carolina Summer Dance Conservatory is open to students aged 11 years and older and offers intensives in ballet and contemporary/jazz. This is a residential program, though some students commute.

Spanish Community Outreach Program

We work to make students and faculty aware of volunteer opportunities that use their Spanish skills to serve the Hispanic communities of South Carolina

Summer Drama Conservatory

The USC Drama Conservatory is a drama intensive for rising first through twelfth graders.

USC Dance Conservatory

The USC Dance Conservatory is an after-school dance program for levels from beginner to advance. Students take classes as well as perform. Classes are for children ages three and up.

Young Artist's Workshop

The School of Visual Art and Design offers this enrichment program to provide comprehensive sequential art education experiences involving the production, evaluation and appreciation of art. All classes are taught by USC art education students. The program is open to children from age 5 to 18.