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Our full course list for Summer 2021 can be found below. Use the checkboxes to filter courses based on course type, subject area, and grade level.

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Virtual
9th-12th

Computational Biology

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Dates: June 28 - July 16

Time: Morning (10AM - 12PM)

Grades: 9th-12th

Tuition: $895

For Careers in: Medicine, Biology, Computer Science

The objective of Computational Biology is to introduce bioinformatics to high school students with an emphasis on searching and retrieving biological data, sorting the data and finally analyzing the sorted data to draw meaningful conclusions. While maintaining the theme of molecular biology, this project-based course will involve hands-on activities on computers/laptops and will teach students how to relate the outcome of each activity to a real-life medical or biological scenario. Students will be introduced to some pre-existing cutting-edge bioinformatics resources and tools, enhacing their enthusiasm towards the subject and opening an avenue for a career in medicine or bioinformatics.

On-Campus
9th-12th

Environmental Microbiology

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Dates: June 14 - June 25

Time: 9AM - 3PM

Grades: 9th-12th

Tuition: $1250

LSU College of Science

To Prepare For: High School Biology, AP Environmental Science

Environmental Microbiology explores the relationship between microorganisms and their effects on the environment. In addition to studying the basic principles of environmental science and microbiology, students will examine the intersection of these two fields and the effect of microorganisms on the environment. The course also provides students with the scientific principles, concepts, and methodologies required to study microorganisms and the environment. By the end of the course, students will be prepared for taking high school biology or AP Environmental Science in the upcoming year.

On-Campus
9th-12th

Exploration of Chemical Processes

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Dates: July 6 - July 16

Time: 9AM - 3PM

Grades: 9th-12th

Tuition: $1250

LSU College of Science

To Prepare For: High School Chemistry

Exploration of Chemical Processes provides students a basic understanding of chemical principles and processes. Through interactive and hands-on lessons, students will explore atomic and molecular structures, states of matter, energetics, and stoichiometry of reactions. Students will gain foundational knowledge and develop a sense of chemical process as it relates to the world around them. By the end of the course, students will be prepared for any high school chemistry course in the upcoming year!

On-Campus
10th-12th

eXploreCS High School

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Dates: June 14 - June 18

Time: 9AM - 4PM

Grades: 10th-12th

Tuition: $450

LSU College of Engineering

This course is for rising 10th - 12th graders. Do you want to get a head start learning about computer science and programming? Computer Science is one of the fastest-growing fields in today’s job market. It plays a crucial role in our IT infrastructure supporting all kinds of applications from scientific computing to engineering, from game development to social media, from business administration to healthcare, and within many other domains. In this camp, you will develop problem-solving skills in programming and learn key concepts in major areas of computer science (such as technology systems, networks, algorithms, data structures, data analytics, visualization, artificial intelligence, robotics, and cybersecurity). You will also explore cutting edge labs and interact with computer science faculty and students. All participants will receive a SparkFun kit and lunch will be provided each day. This camp is sponsored by LSU’s Division of Computer Science and Engineering and Louisiana Economic Development. Partial financial need scholarships are available.

On-Campus
7th-9th

eXploreCS Junior

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Dates: June 7 - June 11

Time: 9AM - 4PM

Grades: 7th-9th

Tuition: $450

LSU College of Engineering

This course is for rising 7th - 9th graders. In today’s world, computing is everywhere, whether it is in the form of actual computers (laptops or desktops), cell phones, sensors, or many other embedded devices. Learn how these computing devices work and how they help us solve all kinds of interesting problems through hands-on-experience with hardware and software. You will also explore cutting edge labs at LSU and meet professors and students working in this exciting area! It’s never too soon to start exploring the tremendous opportunities that await you in this rapidly growing field! All participants will receive a SparkFun kit and lunch will be provided each day. This camp is sponsored by LSU’s Division of Computer Science and Engineering and Louisiana Economic Development. Partial financial need scholarships are available.

On-Campus
6th-8th

Exploring STEM (On-Campus)

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Dates: June 14 - June 18

Time: 8:30AM - 4:30PM

Grades: 6th-8th

Tuition: $450

LSU College of Engineering

Join us for a week of STEM-based fun as we introduce you to a variety of cutting-edge STEM fields. Through field trips and hands-on activities, this summer camp will provide valuable skills in the areas of science, technology, engineering and math that you can use in your future career. Each day, a different STEM concentration will be explored through a variety of guest speakers, activities, projects, and presentations. Throughout the program, you will learn problem-solving, communication, teamwork and decision-making.

Virtual
6th-8th

Exploring STEM (Virtual)

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Dates: June 21 - June 25

Time: 9AM - 12PM

Grades: 6th-8th

Tuition: $350

LSU College of Engineering

Join us for a week of STEM-based fun as we introduce you to a variety of cutting-edge STEM fields. Through talks and hands-on activities, this summer camp will provide valuable skills in the areas of science, technology, engineering and math that you can use in your future career. Each day, a different STEM concentration will be explored through a variety of guest speakers, activities, projects, and presentations. Throughout the program, you will learn problem-solving, communication, teamwork and decision-making.

On-Campus
9th-12th

Fundamentals of Sound Engineering

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Dates: June 14 - June 25

Time: 9AM - 3PM

Grades: 9th-12th

Tuition: $1250

Have you ever heard an awesome soundtrack in a movie or game and wondered how those exciting sounds were created? If so, then this is the course for you. You'll learn how to use industry recording software and recording techniques to record your own original music, study the basics of music theory to continue exploring new ideas in composition, and even record your music to be used in a game and short film! Your capstone project will be presented at a final camp concert. This course is perfect for any students interested in music or sound design!

Virtual
9th-12th

Game Design in JavaScript

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Dates: June 28 - July 16

Time: Afternoon (1PM - 3PM)

Grades: 9th-12th

Tuition: $895

In this course, we will cover the basics of JavaScript - one of the most widely-used coding languages available - to learn how to code your own 2D video game. You will program character interactions, set up keyboard controls, add your own soundtrack, and more. At the end of camp, we will have a competition to see who can score the highest on each person's final game. Some programming experience is helpful, but not required.

On-Campus
Current 8th-11th, Female

Halliburton XCITE (On-Campus)

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Dates: July 11 - July 16

Time: 8AM - 5PM

Grades: Current 8th-11th, Female

Tuition: $350

LSU College of Engineering

GPA Required: 3.0 or greater

The LSU Halliburton eXploration Camp Inspiring Tomorrow’s Engineers (XCITE) camp is a 5-day commuter camp for rising 9th-12th grade female students to encourage them to pursue engineering/computer science/construction management careers. Students will explore, create, experiment, build, code, design, and compete while learning about a variety of engineering majors and college life. LSU faculty and engineering students will interact with attendees in Engineering 101 information sessions and activities. Highlights of the XCITE program: Engineering Design Projects; Introduction to College Life; Teamwork and Leadership Activities; Panel discussion female engineers; and virtual field trip to a refinery or chemical plant. Reduced fees are available with demonstrated need. Note: There will be a short welcome session on July 11.

Virtual
Current 8th-11th, Female

Halliburton XCITE (Virtual)

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Dates: July 11 - July 16

Time: 8AM - 5PM

Grades: Current 8th-11th, Female

Tuition: $225

LSU College of Engineering

GPA Required: 3.0 or greater

The LSU Halliburton eXploration Camp Inspiring Tomorrow’s Engineers (XCITE) camp is a 5-day online camp that will be simultaneous with the commuter camp. It is for rising 9th-12th grade female students to encourage them to pursue engineering/computer science/construction management careers. Students will receive $150 of project materials in the mail so they can explore, create, experiment, build, code, design, and compete while learning about a variety of engineering majors. LSU faculty will present Engineering 101 information sessions, and engineering students will coach attendees through activities in small groups. Highlights of the XCITE program: Engineering Design Projects; Introduction to College Life; Panel discussion female engineers; and virtual field trip to a refinery or chemical plant. Reduced fees are available with demonstrated need. Note: There will be a short welcome session on July 11.

On-Campus
9th-12th

Interactive Computing

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Dates: July 6 - July 16

Time: 9AM - 3PM

Grades: 9th-12th

Tuition: $1250

Interactive Computing focuses on the nuances of programming for interacting with the real world in two representative areas: autonomous robots and the front end of web applications. Students learn how to code a software model within the realities of physical hardware, how to write test suites, and how to systematically debug their programs. Through fun and engaging projects, students will learn programming-based problem-solving skills, such as teaching robots to navigate mazes and play soccer, developing online web apps to read sensors and control actuators in greenhouses, and automating devices at home with Internet of Things (IoT) technologies.

On-Campus
9th-12th

Intro to Engineering (On-Campus)

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Dates: June 14 - June 25

Time: 9AM - 3PM

Grades: 9th-12th

Tuition: $1250

LSU College of Engineering

For Careers in: All Engineering Disciplines

This is the on-campus version of our Intro to Engineering course. In partnership with the LSU College of Engineering, Intro to Engineering will introduce you to the profession, ethics, and diversity of the field of engineering. You will complete 15 hands-on projects relating to 10 different fields of engineering offered at LSU. Throughout the course, you will interact with your instructor, teaching assistants, and peers to learn about each discipline and work on projects. This experience will allow you to explore the differences between each engineering discipline and help you make more informed decisions about future elective choices in high school and selecting your college major.

Virtual
9th-12th

Intro to Engineering (Virtual)

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Dates: June 28 - July 16

Time: Afternoon (1PM - 3PM)

Grades: 9th-12th

Tuition: $895

LSU College of Engineering

For Careers in: All Engineering Disciplines

This is the virtual version of our Intro to Engineering course. In partnership with the LSU College of Engineering, Intro to Engineering will introduce you to the profession, ethics, and diversity of the field of engineering. You will receive a mailed learning kit of supplies for 15 hands-on projects relating to 10 different fields of engineering. Throughout the course, you will interact virtually with an instructor, teaching assistants, and your peers to learn about each discipline and work on projects. This experience will allow you to explore the differences between each engineering discipline and help you make more informed decisions about future elective choices in high school and selecting your college major.

Virtual
9th-12th

Math Circle: Conducting Mathematical Research

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Dates: June 28 - July 16

Time: Morning (10AM - 12PM)

Grades: 9th-12th

Tuition: $895

LSU College of Science

For Careers in: Mathematics, Statistics, Finance

Virtual Math Circle is designed to provide high school students with the opportunity to conduct mathematical research with guidance from professors and graduate students. Research mentors from many different areas of mathematics will give 1-2 talks in the beginning of the program on their area of research and potential research topics. Once students have heard from all of the mentors, they will choose the topic they are most interested in and devote the remainder of the course to their research. By the end of the program, students will have a completed mathematical research project that they can continue as a science fair project in the fall. For examples of past student research, click here.

On-Campus
9th-12th

Mathematical Reasoning

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Dates: July 6 - July 16

Time: 9AM - 3PM

Grades: 9th-12th

Tuition: $1250

LSU College of Science

To Prepare For: Algebra 1, Geometry, Algebra 2, Precalculus

Mathematical Reasoning is a course designed to provide students with the foundational skills and conceptual understanding necessary to succeed in their high school math courses. In addition to reviewing fundamental math concepts and strengthening their math skills, students will also develop their conceptual understanding and acquire varied strategies for solving problems. Topics will include geometric and algebraic concepts students will encounter in their upcoming math courses, and lessons will incorporate interactive and hands-on activities.

On-Campus
9th-12th

Physics Fundamentals

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Dates: July 6 - July 16

Time: 9AM - 3PM

Grades: 9th-12th

Tuition: $1250

LSU College of Science

To Prepare For: AP Physics 1, High School Physics

Physics Fundamentals is designed to introduce students to algebra-based physics. Students will cultivate their understanding of physics concepts through inquiry-based lessons utilizing hands-on and interactive activities. Students will develop a conceptual understanding of physical processes and laws as they explore topics such as kinematics, dynamics, circular motion and gravitation, energy, momentum, and much more. Students who participate in this course will be ready to ace their physics class in the upcoming year - whether it be AP Physics 1 or a standard physics class.

On-Campus
10th-12th

REHAMS Engineering (On-Campus)

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Dates: June 20 - June 25

Time: 8AM - 5PM

Grades: 10th-12th

Tuition: $350

LSU College of Engineering

GPA Required: 3.0 or greater

The Recruiting into Engineering High-Ability Multicultural Students (REHAMS) camp is for 10th–12th grade male and female students from all backgrounds to learn about various disciplines of engineering during a 5-day commuter camp. Students will be participating in LSU faculty-led engineering 101 sessions and will be guided by current LSU engineering students through a variety of engineering activities. Students will also learn from professional engineers during an Industry Panel session. The highlight of this camp is the Design Project Competition, where students utilize the engineering design process to build a project while incorporating time, budget, aesthetics, and functionality. Reduced fees are available with demonstrated need. Note: There will be a short welcome session on June 20.

Virtual
10th-12th

REHAMS Engineering (Virtual)

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Dates: June 20 - June 25

Time: 8AM - 5PM

Grades: 10th-12th

Tuition: $225

LSU College of Engineering

GPA Required: 3.0 or greater

The Recruiting into Engineering High-Ability Multicultural Students (REHAMS) online camp will be held at the same time as the commuter camp. It is for 10th–12th grade male and female students from all backgrounds to learn about various disciplines of engineering during a 5-day online camp. Students will participate in LSU faculty-led engineering 101 sessions and will be guided by current LSU engineering students through a variety of engineering activities. Students will also learn from professional engineers during an Industry Panel session. Students will receive $150 of project materials in the mail and will utilize the engineering design process to build small projects. Reduced fees are available with demonstrated need. Note: There will be a short welcome session on June 20.

On-Campus
9th-12th

Robotics

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Dates: July 6 - July 16

Time: 9AM - 3PM

Grades: 9th-12th

Tuition: $1250

LSU College of Engineering

The Robotics course uses VEX Robotics parts and RobotC software to introduce the student to the foundations of robotics, including basic programming, actuators, mechanisms, and sensors. This course will involve students in the development, building, and programming of robots to accomplish various tasks. Students will perform hands-on work in teams to encourage knowledge sharing, reflection, and review. Topics may include motor speed, gear ratios, torque, sensors, program loops, project documentation, and decision-making.

On-Campus
9th-12th

Survey of Drones

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Dates: June 14 - June 25

Time: 9AM - 3PM

Grades: 9th-12th

Tuition: $1250

Survey of Drones uses the fundamental skills learned in LSU’s Pathways Engineering courses to assemble, program, and pilot drones for use in indoor racing. Students will work hands-on to program and pilot drones through an indoor racing course. The course will begin with the basics of flight and signal transmission, then using those basics, students will adjust the programming of their drones to improve mobility and better suit their pilot’s preferences. Each team will program, test, and pilot their drone to see whose is the best!