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LSU Virtual Academy

The LSU Pre-College Virtual Academy offers online educational experiences for middle and high school students during the summer. With LSU's Virtual Academy, you'll receive synchronous (live and online) instruction featuring engaging projects and activities, as well as one-on-one and small-group support, in a variety of disciplines.

Learning Virtually - Our Approach

Given the ongoing Coronavirus pandemic, many K-12 schools and universities have moved to teaching in a virtual environment, with students, parents, and educators adapting to this new format and overcoming many hurdles. Learning virtually can be challenging - but it doesn’t have to be. We have designed the LSU Virtual Academy with engagement and ease-of-use in mind so that students can participate in the learning process from the safety and comfort of home.

With student engagement and learning as our primary goals, our courses incorporate:

  • Live virtual class every weekday
  • Dedicated one-on-one and small group support
  • A mailed learning kit with course supplies and materials
  • Hands-on activities and projects
  • Clear expectations to facilitate an effective learning environment
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The LSU Virtual Academy offers high-quality virtual courses that were developed with student engagement and learning as our primary goals. In order to ensure that students do not get lost in a virtual format, students are provided with daily structured learning time, including a daily live virtual class and office hours with our instructors and teaching assistants. In order to ensure that students remain engaged in learning the material, each course includes hands-on activities and projects that students can work on in small groups or individually.

In order to ensure that our students have the best preparation, each participant in the program will be mailed a learning kit with course materials to conduct projects and participate in class. Additionally, we know that these steps alone may not be enough for many students to maintain engagement in an online environment. To address this, our program will also include dedicated one-on-one and small group support for every student.

To ensure clear and effective communication, courses will be delivered through Moodle and Zoom. All students will receive an LSU ID that they will use to log into Moodle and access their course and other important information. Students will attend class daily through Zoom, with courses supplements by materials on Moodle. A teaching assistant and a tech assistant are both available during class to assist the instructor and students when necessary. For a list of tech requirements, please click here.

College Prep Courses

Length: 3 weeks
Age: High School
Time: 2-3 hours per day
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These courses provide high school students with an introduction to a college course.

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High School Prep Courses

Length: 3 weeks
Age: High School
Time: 1-2 hours per day
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These courses prepare students for their high school or AP classes in the fall.

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Educational Experiences

Length: 1 week
Age: Middle and High School
Time: 2-3 hours per day
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These courses provide fun, educational experiences for middle and high schoolers.

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High School Prep Courses

July 13th - 31st | High School | 1-2 hours per day

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Our High School Prep courses are designed to prepare students for their high school classes in the fall. These courses are taught by expert secondary educators, and participants will cement their foundational knowledge through interactive lessons that include lectures, activities, and projects. All High School Prep courses feature the following:

  • Projects and activities for participants to complete individually and in groups
  • 2 consecutive hours of structured learning time Monday-Friday, in either the morning or afternoon
    • 1 hour of live virtual class with an instructor and teaching assistant
    • 1 hour of one-on-one or small group support with an instructor and teaching assistant
  • A mailed learning kit containing supplies for the course and an LSU t-shirt
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High School Prep Course

Mathematical Reasoning

Dates: July 13th - 31st

Time: Morning (10AM-12PM CDT)

Tuition: $670 for 3 weeks

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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. As part of their learning kit, students will receive a digital drawing tablet and pen so they are able to work on math collaboratively over a digital whiteboard.

High School Prep Course

Intro to Statistics

Dates: July 13th - 31st

Time: Morning (10AM-12PM CDT)

Tuition: $670 for 3 weeks

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To Prepare For: AP Statistics, High School Statistics

Intro to Statistics is a course designed to prepare students for AP Statistics in the fall. Through hands-on and interactive lessons, students will learn the major concepts and tools for collecting, analyzing, and drawing conclusions from data. The course will cover four major themes:

  1. Exploring Data: Describing patterns and departures from patterns
  2. Sampling and Experimentation: Planning and conducting a study
  3. Anticipating Patterns: Exploring random phenomena using probability and simulation
  4. Statistical Inference: Estimating population parameters and testing hypotheses

As part of their learning kit, students will receive a digital drawing tablet and pen so they are able to work on math collaboratively over a digital whiteboard.

High School Prep Course

Foundations of Calculus

Dates: July 13th - 31st

Time: Morning (10AM-12PM CDT)

Tuition: $670 for 3 weeks

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To Prepare For: AP Calculus AB, High School Calculus

Foundations of Calculus is designed to prepare students for taking calculus in the fall. This course will focus on developing students’ mathematical reasoning, problem-solving skills, and study habits while covering math concepts foundational to understanding and doing calculus. Students will review important prerequisites and strengthen their math skills while exploring calculus concepts. As part of their learning kit, students will receive a digital drawing tablet and pen so they are able to work on math collaboratively over a digital whiteboard. Students who participate in this course will be ready to ace their calculus class in the upcoming year - whether it be AP Calculus AB or high school calculus!

High School Prep Course

Physics Fundamentals

Dates: July 13th - 31st

Time: Afternoon (1PM-3PM CDT)

Tuition: $670 for 3 weeks

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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. As part of their learning kit, students will receive a digital drawing tablet and pen so they are able to work on math collaboratively over a digital whiteboard. 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.

High School Prep Course

Exploration of Chemical Processes

Dates: July 13th - 31st

Time: Afternoon (1PM-3PM CDT)

Tuition: $670 for 3 weeks

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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!

High School Prep Course

Environmental Microbiology

Dates: July 13th - 31st

Time: Afternoon (1PM-3PM CDT)

Tuition: $670 for 3 weeks

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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.

College Prep Courses

June 22nd - July 10th | High School | 2-3 hours per day

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Our College Prep courses are designed to provide high school students with an introduction to a college course. These courses are taught by experts in their field, and participants learn through interactive lessons that include lectures, activities, and projects. All College Prep courses feature the following:

  • Projects and activities for participants to complete individually and in groups
  • 3 consecutive hours of structured learning time Monday-Friday, in either the morning or afternoon
    • 2 hours of live virtual class with an instructor and teaching assistant
    • 1 hour of one-on-one or small group support with an instructor and teaching assistant
  • A mailed learning kit containing supplies for the course and an LSU t-shirt
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College Prep Course

Math Circle: Conducting Mathematical Research

Dates: June 22nd - July 10th

Time: Morning (10AM-1PM CDT)

Tuition: $870 for 3 weeks

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For Careers in: Mathematics, Statistics, Finance

Virtual Math Circle is a collaborative effort between Emory University’s Department of Quantitative Theory and Methods and the LSU Mathematics Department, 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. Our current mentors are:

Students will also receive a digital drawing tablet and pen so they are able to work on math collaboratively over a digital whiteboard. 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.

College Prep Course

Intro to Engineering

Dates: June 22nd - July 10th

Time: Morning (10AM-1PM CDT)

Tuition: $870 for 3 weeks

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For Careers in: All Engineering Disciplines

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.

College Prep Course

Programming in Python

Dates: June 22nd - July 10th

Time: Afternoon (2PM-5PM CDT)

Tuition: $870 for 3 weeks

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For Careers in: Computer Science, Machine Learning, Scientific Research

Programming in Python is designed to provide high school students with an in-depth intro to the world of computer programming. You will cover the basic concepts, algorithms, and data structures necessary to build real applications with Python, a powerful yet easy-to-learn language. Through a bird’s-eye view of the field of computer science, you will be exposed to a breadth of topics which are ubiquitous in today’s tech industry.

College Prep Course

Computational Biology

Dates: June 22nd - July 10th

Time: Afternoon (2PM-5PM CDT)

Tuition: $870 for 3 weeks

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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 the central dogma 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’ progress will be assessed throughout the course by several engaging activities and formative assessments such as activity reports. While moving through this course, students will be introduced to some pre-existing cutting-edge bioinformatics resources and tools. This introduction to computational biology will enhance students' enthusiasm towards the subject and open an avenue for them to explore a career in medicine or bioinformatics.

Educational Experiences

1 week | Middle and High School | 2-3 hours per day

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Sponsored by the LSU College of Engineering, our Educational Experiences are designed to provide fun, educational programs for middle and high schoolers during the summer.

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Educational Experience

Exploring STEM

Dates: June 15th - 19th

Grades: Current 6th-8th

Time: 9AM-12PM CDT

Tuition: $175

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For current 6th through 8th graders. Join us this week as we introduce you to a variety of cutting-edge STEM fields. Through hands-on activities, you will have the opportunity to work in teams to design, build, and present projects. The program will feature:

  • Projects and activities for participants to complete individually and in groups
  • 3 consecutive hours of structured learning time Monday-Friday each morning
  • A mailed learning kit containing supplies for the course
  • Sponsored by the College of Engineering

    Educational Experience

    Halliburton Women in Engineering

    Dates: July 12th - 17th

    Grades: Current 8th-11th

    Time: 9:00AM - 12:30PM CDT

    Tuition: $175

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    The LSU College of Engineering is proud to offer the 2020 online Halliburton Women in Engineering Introduction to Engineering summer camp in lieu of the traditional Halliburton XCITE residential camp (all in-person summer experiences and courses have transitioned to remote instruction for the Summer of 2020).

    The Halliburton Women in Engineering 2020 Introduction to Engineering summer camp is focused on providing rich experiences for motivated young high school women, i.e. rising 9th - 12th grade students, while interacting with female role models and engineers. This online, real-time program gives participants the chance to express their creativity and explore multiple engineering disciplines through LSU faculty-led live and recorded presentations followed by supplemental engineering activities. The activities will be performed in virtual groups coached by LSU women engineering students. Each student will receive a materials kit and a list of common household supplies needed to complete the activities.

    The camp kick-off event for parents and students will be held on Sunday afternoon, July 12th. Sessions will be Monday – Friday, from 9:00am to 12:30pm with a scheduled break. Students who successfully complete the camp will be offered an on-campus weekend engineering experience in Fall 2020 which will include an engineering design competition ($50 estimated cost not including lodging) and priority registration for Summer 2021 Halliburton XCITE camp. Majors covered: Biological, Chemical, Civil, Computer Engineering, Construction Management, Electrical, Environmental, Industrial, and Mechanical.

    *Traditionally, XCITE focuses on female students; particularly rising 9th and 10th graders.

    Sponsored by the College of Engineering

    Educational Experience

    Multicultural Engineering Tigers

    Dates: July 12th - 17th

    Grades: Current 9th-11th

    Time: 9:00AM - 12:30PM CDT

    Tuition: $175

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    The LSU College of Engineering is offering the Multicultural Engineering Tigers summer camp in lieu of its residential REHAMS Introduction to Engineering summer camp (all in-person summer experiences and courses have transitioned to remote instruction for the Summer of 2020).

    The Multicultural Engineering Tigers 2020 Introduction to Engineering summer camp is offered to curious and motivated high school students, i.e. rising 10th -12th grade students*. This online, real-time program gives high school students the chance to discover how engineers solve problems and explore multiple engineering disciplines through LSU faculty-led live and recorded presentations followed by supplemental engineering activities that students can perform at home. The activities will be performed in virtual groups coached by LSU engineering students. Each student will receive a kit with materials and a list of common household supplies needed to complete the activities.

    The camp kick-off event for parents and students will be held on Sunday afternoon, July 12th. Sessions will be Monday – Friday, from 9:00am to 12:30pm with a scheduled break. Students who successfully complete the camp will be offered an on-campus weekend engineering experience in Fall 2020 which will include an engineering design competition ($50 estimated cost not including lodging) and priority registration for Summer 2021 REHAMS camp. Majors covered: Biological, Chemical, Civil, Computer Engineering, Construction Management, Electrical, Environmental, Industrial, and Mechanical.

    *Traditionally, REHAMS is focused on bringing together multicultural high school students to learn about engineering.

    Sponsored by the College of Engineering

    Educational Experience

    Coding Camp

    Dates: June 15th - 19th

    Grades: Current 9th-11th

    Time: 10AM-12PM & 1-2PM

    Tuition: $175

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    Coding Camp has reached maximum capacity and registrations are now closed. Please consider our 3-week Programming in Python course found here as an alternative!

    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 learn problem-solving skills in programming using Python and learn key concepts in major areas of computer science (such as algorithms, data analytics, visualization, Artificial Intelligence, robotics, and cybersecurity). All participants will receive a kit that includes a coding book and other materials.

    Sponsored by LSU’s Division of Computer Science and Engineering and Louisiana Economic Development