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

The Tulane Pre-College STEM program for middle school students brings together important scientific concepts, practical exploration, teamwork, and additional activities.

It’s never too early to encourage development in math, computer science, robotics, engineering, environmental science, ecology, and many other fields. The STEM activities for middle school students developed by the Tulane faculty are ideal for children who are interested in an array of scientific fields. The program is fully customizable, allowing parents to choose the courses that are best tailored to the strengths and talents of their children.

Giving STEM education a try at an early age is the best way to determine whether one wants to pursue a career in the field. Tulane puts an emphasis on using science to address real-world problems. Innovation is possible at a very young age, and students are encouraged to explore different practical concepts. Lab work and partnerships with New Orleans entities are used to demonstrate how science can be employed for the betterment of our world.

All of the courses are administered to small groups of students (15 to 20), which facilitates communication between students and their instructors.

What Makes Tulane's Pre-College Program Unique?

Tulane Pre-College has a fundamental belief: Age is no longer a barrier to innovation. When stimulated properly, young minds can focus on possible solutions for real-world problems while acquiring knowledge and skills beneficial for their futures. Here are some of the highlights of the program:

  • Hands-on experience: All of the courses come with a hands-on project or experience that demonstrates the practical and incredibly rewarding dimensions of science. In the course focused on prosthetic limb creation, for example, students use strings, tape, and drinking straws to build their own model. Based on this model, students have a chance to brainstorm, sketch, and design their own prosthetic hand featuring movable fingers.
  • Interactions with Tulane educators: Tulane faculty members develop the courses, and students have an opportunity to learn from the leading minds in their fields.
  • Strong ties to the New Orleans community: Summer program participants will be immersed in the rich culture and the amazing diversity of the city.

Click here to view available courses for middle school students.

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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