The Tulane Pre-College STEM Program for High School Students: An Overview

Tulane Pre-College offers a variety of high school-level courses structured around Next Generation Science Standards and designed for rising ninth- through 11th-graders. The enrichment courses were developed with Tulane faculty oversight and are taught by highly qualified instructors and graduate students in STEM fields. Courses cover areas such as environmental science, computer science, robotics, and electrical engineering.

Participants in the program complete lab work and team exercises aimed at building their analytical skills. Students who have a particular interest or talent in a STEM discipline are ideal candidates for STEM experiences for high school students.

In addition, the summer program for high school students offers both day and residential components. Many students are excited about the prospect of going off to college, and through the summer program, they will understand what it’s like living away from home and spending time with their peers. The program improves communication skills and can potentially result in lifelong friendships among teenagers who share similar interests and passions.

The Advantages of the Tulane Pre-College Program

A number of features set the Tulane courses apart and make them an appealing choice for science-oriented students:

  • Numerous courses to choose from: Students can choose from a wide selection of course offerings. Some of the possibilities tailored to the needs of ninth- through 12th-graders include “Electrical Engineering—Powering Energy Grids of the Future,” “Climate Change,” “Introduction to Video Game Development and Python,” “Lego Mindstorms: Cleaning Up After Mardi Gras,” and “Biomedical Engineering—Protecting Against Traumatic Brain Injuries."
  • Well-established traditions in scientific disciplines: Tulane’s School of Science and Engineering is an active research facility that attracts over $20 million of sponsored research annually.
  • Hands-on experience: Lab work and projects help students understand the connection between scientific knowledge and community improvements.
  • Ties to the New Orleans community: Experiencing New Orleans is an important part of the summer program. Students immerse themselves in the culture and diversity of the city. They also find out why New Orleans is turning into a prominent tech hub.

Founded in 1834, Tulane University has the academic traditions and background in the scientific fields, humanities, and the arts to ensure the excellence of its programs. Dedicated staff and faculty, ties to the local community, and hands-on learning come together to provide a transformative educational experience for Pre-College students.

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