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Adventures in Robotics

Summer K-12 Opportunities

Columbia's summers are famously hot, but our summer programs are surprisingly cool. Our talented teachers engage young students in the nationally recognized Carolina Master Scholars program and other challenging programs for the academically talented.

Carolina Master Scholars

The Carolina Master Scholars Adventure Series is a challenging, pre-university summer program for academically talented rising 6th through 12th graders. Students who successfully complete three or more Adventure Series courses earn the designation as Carolina Master Scholars. Engineering and Computing faculty lead courses such as:

Adventures in Electrical Engineering

Students in grades 9 through 12 learn about Electrical Engineering and will build their own body sensor.

Adventures in Computer Gaming

In separate sessions for rising 6th through 9th grades and rising 9th through 12th grades, students use Adobe Flash to learn the skills behind graphics, modeling, animation, multi-level game design, artificial intelligence and basic programming techniques as: if/switch, for/while loop, etc. Students work in groups to create a finished product: their own 2-D game.

Adventures in Vex Robotics

Students learn how robots think, sense and function before designing and building one using the Vex™ Robotics Design System. No experience in robots is necessary

Adventures in Engineering and Computing

Is your child interested in engineering or computer science? They could be a future computer scientist or engineer. In this course, rising 9th graders to rising 12th graders learn about different types of engineering and computing.


Other Opportunities

Partners for Minorities in Engineering and Computer Science (PMECS)

Grades rising 9-12

June 21-26, 2015 

This partnership between educators and businesses provides gifted minority students with cultural and academic activities and role models in engineering and computer science. Through a series of technical workshops, students are exposed to the sciences, which helps enhance their academic skills. Rising high-school freshmen spend four days and three nights on the USC campus, and sophomores, juniors, and seniors spend six days and five nights on campus. College of Engineering and Computing personnel assist with the workshops. << Find more information here >>