STEM for Rising 9th and 10th Graders

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

If your idea of summer fun is a deep-dive into the STEM fields, join other rising 9th and 10th grade students 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, families and instructors. You will experience the satisfaction of advanced academics and indulge your love of learning, without the pressure of formal grades.

Program Snapshot


Students completing grades 8 to 9, ages 13 to 15 by June 16, 2024


2-week program


Sunday, July 14 to Friday, July 26, 2024


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.
  • Receive a Course Performance Report and Certificate of Completion when you successfully finish.

Please note:

Due to the different structure of each program, students interested in enrolling in STEM for Rising 9th and 10th Graders (STEM 9/10) are not eligible to participate in Summer@Brown on-campus programs prior to their STEM for Rising 9th and 10th Graders program experience. In addition, students may not be enrolled in another course while in STEM 9/10. If you have questions or concerns our Program Advisors and Program Directors are here to help! Email us or call us at (401) 863-7900 during business hours (Monday to Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. EST).

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 Twice per week, each class will engage in afternoon academics where you will continue your research projects. When not in class you have access to a project workspace, co-curricular activities or free time.
5:30 – 6:30 pm Dinner
7:00 – 10:00 pm Supervised 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 9/10 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 9/10 students are supported by a team of carefully selected Resident Assistants (RAs), Area Coordinators and professional staff members. The Brown Pre-College Student Life team oversees the safety of all students while the program is in session. RAs live in the residence hall with students. Built into a framework of support and mentorship, RAs lead floor meetings 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