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STEM I for Middle School Students

Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics:
Explore, Discover, Achieve.

Summer 2019 Application Opens in December

STEM I is a two-week residential program for curious middle school students who seek to:

  • Immerse themselves in exciting STEM subjects
  • Connect with other students who love learning as much as they do
  • Gain an understanding of the requirements to be successful in challenging academic settings
  • Build foundations for future success in science and engineering

The STEM I Experience

STEM I is designed to inspire students who have interests in the STEM fields. Students participate in a structured program consisting of classes, STEM-related workshops, and co-curricular activities. Students learn to observe and apply new knowledge in ways that promotes growth and discovery, and enables students to flourish - both in and out of the classroom.

We strive to create an enjoyable, safe, and comfortable environment where each student can live up to his or her full potential, build self-confidence, grow as individuals, and make new friends from around the world.

We hope that when students return home, they are invigorated with new energy and focus on their academic pursuits.

Watch our information session with Program Director Abbey Aevazelis.

Program Dates:

Two-Week Session July 15-27, 2018

Eligibility: For students completing grades 6-7 by June 2018, with a minimum age of 12 and a maximum age of 14.

Fees: $4,391

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Course of Study

Course Details

STEM I students participate in courses that expose them to the intellectual concepts and processes of STEM-based topics that are taught at Brown University. The courses are inquiry-based and experiential.

Students learn from the ground up by first focusing on the basics and then by continuously reaching further to gain a deeper understanding of more advanced concepts. By being exposed to this type of inquiry, students learn how to think critically and get hands-on experiences similar to how professionals conduct research and make discoveries.

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STEM and Co-Curricular Activities

To provide a holistic experience for our younger students, STEM I includes a variety of carefully selected and age appropriate STEM-focused experiences throughout the program. In addition, students will participate in hands-on community building activities that promote both social and academic growth.

STEM I participants are introduced to Brown graduate students and their research, and learn what it means to excel in these dynamic fields as they begin to explore possible academic and career paths.

The STEM I experience is enriched further through friendly collaboration where students from diverse backgrounds work together in teams. A variety of non-competitive games and tasks are incorporated to develop team building and creative problem solving skills. Students learn from each other, are inspired by each other, and form lasting friendships.

Student Evaluations

STEM I courses do not have grades. STEM I allows students to concentrate on learning and on the process of scholarship, not their final grade. All students who successfully complete their course(s) will receive a Course Performance Report and a Certificate of Completion

A Typical Day

A Typical Day in the STEM I Program

Students attend classes on weekday mornings and have two extended course days for further exploration or field trips. In the afternoons and on weekends, a range of activities are scheduled, including field trips, community building activities, hands-on STEM challenges, and research talks. Social and recreational activities are planned for the evenings.

7:30am – 8:30am Breakfast
8:30-11:20am Academic courses
10:00am Morning Snacks
11:30am – 12:15pm Lunch
12:30 – 5:00pm Afternoon experiences
3:00pm Afternoon Snacks
5:30pm – 6:30pm Dinner
7:00pm – 9:30pm Evening activities
9:30pm Curfew
10:00pm Lights Out
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Outside the Classroom


STEM I students are supervised throughout the program by a team of carefully selected Residential Advisors (RAs) who live in the residence halls with the students, serve in a guidance role, and escort students to the dining halls, classrooms, and activities. An average student/RA ratio of 12:1 allows the students to receive the personal attention they need.

In addition to the RAs, three Residence Directors and a professional staff member oversee supervision of all STEM I students and serve in an on-call rotation 24 hours a day, seven days a week, while the program is in session. RAs are not only supervising the safety of your STEM I student, but they are there to be a resource to the students and serve as role models and mentors.


Students live in Brown’s residence halls within walking distance of classrooms and dining halls. Students are assigned to double occupancy rooms on single-sex floors with single-sex shared bathrooms. Students will be randomly assigned to another STEM I student no more than six months apart in age. Rooms provide typical college furniture, and do not have central air conditioning (one fan per student is provided).

Students must abide by a 10:00 pm curfew. After 10:00 pm, students must be in their own rooms for the remainder of the evening. Lights out is 10:30 pm.

STEM I is a full two-week residential program. Students are not allowed to leave the program to visit family or other activities. In the event of an emergency, special requests will be considered. It is important for your student's continued success that they remain fully immersed in the program. Extended housing beyond Friday, July 27, 2018 is not available for STEM I students.

Meals & Snacks

STEM I students eat together in one of Brown’s dining halls, under the supervision of RAs. All main meals are served in Brown’s dining halls or students are provided with bagged lunches. Snacks are provided mid-morning and mid-afternoon. Accommodations are available for students with food allergies.

Unstructured Time & Informal Activities

The STEM I program is condensed, and there is limited free time. However, supervised recreational activities occur several times over the course of the program. These include going to local stores (like bookstores, pharmacies, etc.), going for ice cream, playing recreational games (ball games, Frisbee, etc.).

In the evenings and on weekends, students have time to enjoy recreational activities with their peers and RAs. In past years, activities have included a weekend field trip, a Rube Goldberg Engineering Challenge, an improv comedy night, rock climbing and more. The RAs will join the students, chaperone them to their destinations, and supervise them there.

Admission Criteria

Admission Criteria

Summer 2019 Application Opens in December

Prospective students must apply for admission. When evaluating applications, the Admissions Review Committee looks for academic excellence, intellectual curiosity, social maturity, self-motivation and a readiness for participation in an independent academic environment.

A Complete Application Consists of the Following Items:

  1. A Completed Application Form
    Parents and Students: Please be sure to create only one account per applicant.
    Your application provides basic information about you. In addition, students should be prepared to write an essay telling us:
    • what you hope to learn in the program to which you are applying;
    • why this is of interest to you;
    • what contributions you hope to make;
    • and any further information you want to convey to us.
  2. A Non-refundable Application Fee (payable securely by credit card within the Student Portal)
    One application fee per application submitted
    Before 3/2/2018: $50
    3/2/2018 to 4/29/2018: $75
    4/30/2018 and after: $100
  3. An Academic Transcript or Grade Report
    Applicants must submit grades for the 2017-2018 academic term and two previous academic years. Acceptable forms include, but are not limited to, progress reports, report cards, transcripts and unofficial transcripts. Documentation must include your full name and an explanation of the scoring system in English. Applicants will upload this material in the student portal after they have submitted their application form. Academic records do NOT need to be submitted by your school or guidance counselor.

Please note:

  • In some cases, additional application materials may be requested. Additional materials may include transcripts, essays, or teacher recommendations.
  • Applications will not be reviewed by the Admission Review Committee until they are complete.
  • Program admission does not guarantee enrollment in a specific course.
  • Courses may be cancelled at any time due to unforeseen circumstance.

Notification of Admission Decision

Applicants will be notified by email to log into their Student Portal to view their admission decision once it has been made.

May 2018 Update: Our admissions team carefully reviews each application submitted. Due to the high volume of applications and selectivity of our programs, admissions decisions will be made within fifteen business days of receipt of a complete application.

Confirming Attendance with a Program Deposit

Accepted students must confirm their attendance by submitting a $300 non-refundable program deposit. Students attending more than one program must submit a $300 non-refundable deposit for each program. Students will not be able to enroll in courses until a program deposit is received.


Student and parents are encouraged to review our Policies page to learn about important payment deadlines, refunds, code of conduct, and more.

Important Information for International Students

Brown University Pre-College programs welcome applications from international students. Learn about English language proficiency requirements, Immigration Guidelines, Deadlines for Submitting Documentation, How to Apply for a Visa, and more on our International Students page.

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