Virtual STEM Academy

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The Virtual STEM Academy has ended. If you are interested in future camps, please join the Summer 2021 mailing list here

Para español, presione aquí. Summertime learning is critical for students! For this reason, the Virtual STEM Academy was created to supplement traditional, in-school curriculum using inquiry-based methods. Please read the information below to get started. 
 
Schedule: 1-week and 2-week modules will run remotely from June 15th, 2020 - July 31st, 2020. See specific session dates in the STEM Module Descriptions section below or by registering. Morning modules will adhere to the following schedule: 9:00 - 11:00 a.m. Guided Instruction on Zoom, 11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. Small Group and/or Independent Work Time; Afternoon modules will adhere to the following schedule: 1:00 - 3:00 p.m. Guided Instruction on Zoom, 3:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. Small Group and/or Independent Work Time. 
 
Cost: 1-week modules cost $149, 2-week modules cost $269. UT PREP students who qualified for a need-based scholarship in 2020 are eligible to receive free tuition and materials (if applicable). 
 
Supplies: If additional materials outside of an internet connection and a device are required, they will either be materials found around the house OR obtainable from a third-party vendor for a reasonable cost (not to exceed $50). 
  • If you register for a module that requires additional materials, you will be sent a materials list via email a minimum of 2 weeks prior to the start of your module. You will be responsible for procuring materials. 
  • UT PREP students who qualified for a need-based scholarship in 2020 will receive materials delivered to their house free of charge before their module start date. 
 
Technology: We will be using both Canvas and Zoom. In order to access these University-licensed programs, your student will need to create an EID. Please create an EID for your student before starting registration, as you will be asked for it in the application. If we don't receive your student's EID (either through this application or via email), by the deadlines below, your student will have trouble accessing Canvas and Zoom and they will not be able to participate in their module!
  • Deadlines: 
    • ​6/5 at noon for modules starting on 6/15
    • 6/12 at noon for modules starting on 6/22
    • 6/19 at noon for modules starting on 6/29 
    • 6/26 at noon for modules starting on 7/6
    • 7/3 at noon for modules starting on 7/13
    • 7/10 at noon for modules starting on on 7/20 
    • 7/17 at noon for modules starting on 7/27
 

​STEM Module Descriptions 

Notes: 

  • Only modules that meet a minimum enrollment of 12 students will be offered.
  • During registration if you see that a module you wanted is full, you will be able to add yourself to a waitlist. If the waitlist is full, the module will show up as “closed” in the system. 
  • "Additional Materials Required" refer to any materials outside of an internet connection and a device. If additional materials are required, they will either be materials found around the house OR they will be obtainable from a third-party vendor for a reasonable cost (not to exceed $50). 
  • Grade levels refer to the grade level your student was in during the 2019-2020 academic school year (this past school year). 

 

Physics

Session Options:  6/22 - 6/26, 9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.  

Topics: Forces, motion diagrams, kinematic equations.

Recommended Grade Levels: Students who have completed 10th or 11th grade by this summer.

Additional Materials Required: No

Good for: Students who enjoy asking questions about the world around them and trying to answer these questions through observation and experimentation.

 

Calculus  

Session Options:  7/20 - 7/31, 1:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m (2 weeks, M-F) 

Topics: Limits and continuity, differentiation, and integration.

Recommended Grade Levels: Students who have completed 10th or 11th grade AND Pre-Calculus by this summer. 

Additional Materials Required: No

Good for: Students who enjoy solving problems, are interested in building upon the knowledge gained in Pre-Calculus, and would like to explore the concepts - and many applications - of differential and integral calculus.

 

Statistics 

Session Options:  7/27 - 7/31, 9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m

Topics: One- and two-variable data, collecting data, probability and random distributions, sampling distributions, inference.

Recommended Grade Levels: Students who have completed 9th, 10th, or 11th grade by this summer.

Additional Materials Required: Yes

Good for: Students who are interested in learning to ask and answer their own questions; like to use mathematics to the explain the world around them; and want to collect, organize, analyze, and interpret data.

 

Research Methods 

Session Options:  7/13 - 7/24, 9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. (2 weeks, M-F)

Topics: Asking questions, designing experiments, collecting data, determining uncertainty, analyzing data, building graphics, connecting with other researchers, and sharing conclusions. 

Recommended Grade Levels: Students who have completed 9th, 10th, or 11th grade by this summer.

Additional Materials Required: Yes

Good for: Students who are interested in learning to ask and answer their own questions, engaging in their own scientific research, and preparing for the role of research in college and beyond.

 

Pre-Calculus

Session Options:  7/13 - 7/17, 1:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. 

Topics: Functions and graphs, rates of change, polynomial/rational/exponential/logarithmic functions, trigonometry, and more.

Recommended Grade Levels: Students who have completed 9th, 10th or 11th grade AND Algebra II by this summer.

Additional Materials Required: No

Good for: Students who enjoy solving problems and would like to develop the bridge between Geometry/Algebra and Calculus.

 

 

College & Career Awareness B 

Session Options:  7/27 - 7/31, 1:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.

TopicsResume building/creation, scholarship and entrance essay prompts, researching college types, comparing high school experiences versus college experiences, and career pathways and how they connect to different majors.

Recommended Grade Levels: Students who have completed 9th or 10th grade by this summer.

Additional Materials Required: No

Good for: Students who are interested in discovering career pathways that best fit them, planning their educational journey, and learning ways to practice self-care throughout their educational and career experiences.

 

 

Chemistry 

Session Options:  7/27 - 7/31, 9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m

Topics: States of matter, stoichiometry, elements, kinetics, acids and bases, and more.

Recommended Grade Levels: Students who have completed 9th or 10th grade by this summer.

Additional Materials Required: Yes

Good for: Students who are interested in physical and chemical science.

 

 

Advanced Engineering 

Session Options:  7/27 - 7/31, 9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

Topics: Specific course topics TBD, based upon instructor and student interests.

Recommended Grade Levels: Students who have completed 9th, 10th, or 11th grade by this summer.

Additional Materials Required: Yes

Good for: Students who are interested Making, building, and engineering.

 

 

Biology

Session Options:  7/20 - 7/24, 9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m 

Topics: DNA structure and function, the Central Dogma (transcription/translation), biomolecules, cellular respiration, plant systems. 

Recommended Grade Levels: Students who have completed 8th or 9th grade by this summer.

Additional Materials Required: Yes

Good for: Students who are interested in the study of living organisms and the science of life.

 

 

Advanced Algebra

Session Options:  6/29 - 7/3, 1:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. 

Topics: Functions, graphing, quadratics, piece-wise, conics, complex numbers, matrices.

Recommended Grade Levels: Students who have completed 8th, 9th, or 10th grade AND Algebra I prior to this summer.

Additional Materials Required: No

Good for: Students who enjoy problem solving and would like to strengthen their advanced algebra skills, either to build on what they learned this past year or to get ahead for next year.

 

 

Python

Session Options:  
  • 6/29 - 7/3, 9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. 
  • 7/13 - 7/17, 1:00 - 5:00 p.m. 

Topics: Variables, variable manipulation, lists, if/else statements, loops.

Recommended Grade Levels: Students who have completed 7th, 8th or 9th grade by this summer.

Additional Materials Required: No

Good for: Students who are interested in learning the fundamentals of the programming language, Python. This material is designed for all skill levels.

 

Geometry

Session Options:  
  • 6/15 - 6/19, 9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. 
  • 7/13 - 7/17, 9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m 

Topics: Angle relationships, congruent triangles, special right triangles, quadrilaterals, circles, and more! 

Recommended Grade Levels: Students who have completed 7th, 8th, or 9th grade AND Algebra I prior to this summer.

Additional Materials Required: No

Good for: Students who enjoy drawing, constructing, and measuring and who would like to strengthen their geometry skills, either to build on what they learned this past year or to get ahead for next year.

 
 

College & Career Awareness A

Session Options:  
  • 6/15 - 6/19, 1:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. 
  • 6/22 - 6/26, 1:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. 

TopicsMapping out high school courses, maintaining mental health as a student, time management, scholarship research, and organizational techniques.

Recommended Grade Levels: Students who have completed 7th or 8th grade by this summer.

Additional Materials Required: No

Good for: Students who are interested in investigating types of colleges/universities, financial aid opportunities, the importance of self-care, and career exploration.

 
 

Advanced Electrical Engineering

Session Options:  
  • 7/6 - 7/10, 9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. 
  • 7/20 - 7/24, 1:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m 

Topics: Intermediate C++, coding for physical response and creating motion, creating music, measuring distance, flex sensors, and LCD panels.

Recommended Grade Levels: Students who have completed 7th, 8th, or 9th grade by this summer.

Additional Materials Required: Yes

Good for: Students who are interested in expanding their experience with problem solving, mathematics, coding in C++, electrical hardware; and who either have experience working with Arduino or have graduated from PREP 1. 

 

 

Fundamentals of Logic

Session Options:  
  • 6/22 - 6/26, 9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. 
  • 7/6 - 7/10, 9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. 
  • 7/6 - 7/10, 1:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Topics: Gates in analog logic, truth tables for corresponding gates, compound tables for compound gates, set theory, and applied logic for system design

Recommended Grade Levels: Students who have completed 6th, 7th, 8th, or 9th grade by this summer.

Additional Materials Required: No

Good for: Students who enjoy problem solving, mathematics, and/or computer science and want to learn how these intersect with argument and logic. Note: For students who have experienced the PREP Logic course, this module will contain mostly new material.

 

Algebra

Session Options:  
  • 6/15 - 6/19, 1:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. 
  • 7/6 - 7/10, 1:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Topics: Linear equations, domain/range, regression, slope-intercept and point-slope form, systems of equations, laws of exponents, factoring.  

Recommended Grade Levels: Students who have completed 6th, 7th, or 8th grade AND Pre-Algebra prior to this summer.

Additional Materials Required: No

Good for: Students who enjoy problem solving and would like to strengthen their algebra skills, either to build on what they learned this past year or to get ahead for next year.

 

Pre-Algebra

Session Options:  
  • 6/15 - 6/19, 9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. 
  • 7/20 - 7/24, 9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m 

Topics: Fractions, proportions, ratios, scaling, Venn diagrams, rational numbers, writing and solving equations, similar triangles, and more!

Recommended Grade Levels: Students who have completed 5th, 6th, or 7th grade by this summer.

Additional Materials Required: No

Good for: Students who enjoy problem solving and would like to strengthen their pre-algebra skills, either to build on what they learned this past year or to get ahead for next year.

 
 

Foundations of Electrical Engineering

Session Options:  
  • 6/29 - 7/3, 1:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. 
  • 7/13 - 7/17, 9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. 

TopicsIntro to C++, inputs/outputs, conditional statements, analog vs digital, loops and Boolean logic, plus various hardware like wiring, LEDs, servos, and potentiometers.

Recommended Grade Levels: Students who have completed 5th, 6th, or 7th grade by this summer.

Additional Materials Required: Yes

Good for: Students who enjoy problem solving, mathematics, and/or computer science and want to learn how these intersect with electrical hardware and C++ programming language.

 
 

You and the Universe

Session Options:  

  • 6/22 - 6/26, 1:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. 
  • 7/6 - 7/10, 1:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Topics: Astronomy (our place in the solar system), biology (what makes where you live special), sociology (how we interact with other people/groups of people), and psychology (communication and body language).

Recommended Grade Levels: Students who have completed 4th, 5th, or 6th grade by this summer.

Additional Materials Required: Yes

Good for: Students who are interested in an exploration of how science can explain what makes you unique. Topics will include: astronomy, biology, sociology, and psychology.

 

 

Chemistry and the World Around You

Session Options:  
  • 6/29 - 7/3, 9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. 
  • 7/13 - 7/17, 1:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m 
Topics: Density, molecular motion, temperature, states of matter, physical change and non-Newtonian fluid, reactions.

Recommended Grade Levels: Students who have completed 3rd, 4th, or 5th grade by this summer.

Additional Materials Required: Yes

Good for: Students who enjoy creating new substances, investigating how states of matter change, exploring unknown materials, and much more!