STEM for Rising 9th and 10th Graders

Define, investigate and excel: Spend your time doing science, technology, engineering and mathematics.

DNA Science and Biotechnology student working on a project.If your idea of summer fun is a deep-dive into the STEM fields, this is the program for you. Join other rising 9th and 10th graders who are as passionate about advancing their knowledge of the STEM disciplines as you are for two weeks of hands-on team research projects, experiments and design-build challenges.

You’ll choose from a range of interesting and engaging courses in the STEM disciplines. Each course combines rigorous academic content, laboratory or field exercises, and a research project or design challenge that serves as a focus for academic work. You may also have the opportunity to engage with Brown graduate students and learn about graduate-level research projects. To complete the STEM experience, you’ll give a final presentation that showcases your project for your peers, instructors and family.

You will experience the satisfaction of advanced academics and indulge your love of learning, without the pressure of formal grades and credit.

Program Snapshot

Students completing grades 8–9, ages 14–15 by June 19, 2022

2-week course

July 17 – 29

Brown University campus in Providence, Rhode Island


  • Focus on your interest in STEM and prepare for success in a rigorous academic environment.
  • Work closely with a diverse group of peers on research projects, experiments and/or design-build challenges.
  • Concentrate on learning without the pressure of formal grades.
  • Live and learn at Brown with other motivated students from around the world. 
  • All students who successfully complete their course will receive a Certificate of Completion. Students who successfully complete a 3-week or longer online course or a 2-week or longer on-campus course will receive a Course Performance Report.

A Typical Day

7:30 – 8:30 am Breakfast
8:30 – 11:20 am Academic courses
11:30 am – 12:15 pm Lunch
12:30 – 5:30 pm Research projects, extended academics connected to classes, co-curricular STEM activities or free time
5:30 – 6:30 pm Dinner
7:00 – 10:00 pm Evening activities
10:00 pm Curfew: students must be in their own rooms for the remainder of the evening
10:30 pm Lights out


  • STEM students gain valuable skills as they learn to navigate life in a college setting, including time management, personal maturity, independence and academic integrity. These experiences, both in and out of the classroom, will help students be more successful in their future academic pursuits.
  • STEM students are supported by a team of carefully selected Resident Assistants (RAs), Residence Directors and a professional staff member. This team oversees the safety of all students and serves in an on-call rotation 24 hours a day, seven days a week, while the program is in session. RAs will live in the residence hall with students. Built into a framework of support and mentorship, RAs lead floor meetings nightly during the two-week program and facilitate ongoing community-building experiences. They also supervise students during evening and weekend "fundatory” (mandatory fun) activities.

Program Director