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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.


Engineering for Kids Summer Camps

Ages 5-12, multiple dates, June 6 - July 29

Engineering For Kids brings science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM), to kids ages 4 to 14 in a fun and challenging way through classes, camps, clubs, and parties. We are proud to inspire children to build on their natural curiosity by teaching engineering concepts through hands-on learning. Engineering is, after all, one of the fastest growing industries in the world!

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 Girls Go for IT Computer Camps

Grades rising 6-8, July 11 - July 15

A fun, hands-on introduction to programming and IT. Use scratch to create computer games and explore applications of computer science. Come learn for the firs time (no programming experience necessary) or build on your knowledge to create a great new project!

Grades rising 6-8, July 18 - July 22

See your programming skills come to life! Use Looking Glass to create animated stories. Come learn for the first time (no programming experience necessary) or build on your knowledge to create cool works of your own!

Grades rising 7-9, July 25 - July 29

Have you programmed a bit (any language, including Scratch)? Learn to program an Arduino to interact with you and the world in a way that your desktop computer can't!

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Carolina Master Scholars (click for more information)

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. 

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. (Rising 6th-9th grade)

Adventures in Computer Gaming

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. (Rising 6th-9th grade and rising 9th-12th grade)

Adventures in Electrical Engineering

Students learn about Electrical Engineering and will build their own body sensor. (Rising 9th-12th grade)

Adventures in Engineering and Computing

Is your child interested in engineering or computer science? They could be a future computer scientist or engineer. Students learn about different types of engineering and computing. (Rising 9th-12th grade)

Adventures in Natural Hazards and Civil Engineering

Students will learn about SC natural hazards and their effects on different types of civil infrastructure.  Students will create models of various structures in our experimental labs and test them under conditions simulating earthquakes, floods, and other hazards. (Rising 9th-12th grade)




Partners for Minorities in Engineering and Computer Science (PMECS)

Grades rising 9-12, June 26- July 1, 2016 

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.   

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