For Students

For Students

Do you wonder how special effects work? What the future of space travel might really be? If cars can run on solar energy? Can you build a robot that will clean your room? This two-week workshop is for you!

Session Descriptions


  • CSI (Crime Scene Investigation): Participate in an exciting laboratory-based scientific investigation including state-of-the-art DNA profiling as done in real-world forensic science labs.
  • Explore Nature’s Pharmacy through a Taste, Touch, and Feel experience.


  • What are Polymers? Where can we find them? Synthesize gloop, extract DNA, breakdown carbohydrates and study Styrofoam.

Civil Engineering

  • The Past, Present, and Future of Construction Materials: learn how materials have changed and test them yourself. Think the General Motor’s commercial “It’s not your father’s Oldsmobile.”  
  • Build-A-Bridge: a friendly competition to design and build a bridge.

Computer Science

  • What is “computer” science?  Games and puzzles are used at places like Google and Apple because they help us explore new methods in computer science. Computer science includes techniques for encoding, compressing, and encrypting information, ways artificial intelligence (AI) can be used, and what problems computers might not ever solve.

Electrical Engineering

  • Learn to solder and build a light-seeking robot.
  • Once it is working, you are free to modify your robot for better performance. 
  • You get to keep the robot at the end of the session.


  • Cryptography: Learn how experts send messages and information securely, even when they know people are listening.  
  • Explore a hyperspace world with four spatial dimensions and build your own hypercube.

Mechanical Engineering

  • Create your own airplane and see how far it can fly. Compete against other teams of students to determine who can create the best airplane design.
  • Dive into 3D printing! Turn your engineering designs into real objects with just the click of a button.


  • We now know that DNA is a double-helix. But how did people figure that out? Scientists used their knowledge of how the world works - physics - to design and perform an experiment. A critical tool was knowing that light behaves as a wave. We will explore properties of light and conduct measurements of our own that reveal some of how light works.