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Pre-college classes can be particularly beneficial for young students who are eager to expand their academic horizons. Tulane University’s summer programs offer such educational opportunities that are tailored to the needs of middle school and high school students. Middle schoolers will be immersed in college-level academic disciplines and will have access to hands-on experiences within cutting-edge labs not currently found at the middle school level. High school students can take classes for credit, facilitating the transition that students will have to make from their senior year of high school to their freshman year at a university.

Tulane’s summer program for high school and middle school students occurs every year for 8 weeks from mid-June to early August. View full list of available courses below.


STEM Enrichment Middle School

Coding A
Title: Water, Water Everywhere: Using LEGO Robots to Change How We Find, Use, and Dispose of Water

Description: Do you keep track of all the ways in which you use water everyday? Whether or not you are consciously aware of it, you use and dispose water in many ways. As you learn how to program a LEGO MINDSTORM robot, you will investigate how humans use and dispose of waters and test innovate solutions to prevent water wasting.

Coding B
Title: Making the Band: Use Coding to Build Your Own Jazz Band

Description: Dreaming of one day becoming part of a band? A jazz band? Become a member of the New Orleans jazz world as you learn the basics of coding and electronics. Using Arduino you will collaborate with fellow "band members" to learn how sensors detect movement and create music.

Ecology/Environmental Studies A
Title: Will We Fall Into the Sea? - The Case of the Disappearing City

Description: Did you know that the Louisiana coast loses approximately one football field of land every hour? NPR reported this startling finding in April 2017. Imagine what this could mean in 5 years, 10 years, 50 years. How did scientists and engineers make this startling discovery? You will learn to use Google Earth to investigate the loss of coastline in Louisiana and other coastal areas around the world. With the aid of field experts, you will propose and design a solution to slow down and prevent further loss.

Ecology/Environmental Studies B
Title: Saving the Swamps: Creating Safe Havens in Louisiana’s Coastal Wetlands

Description: The wetlands found in Louisiana have their own unique ecosystem. They provide breeding grounds for over 75% of the fish and shellfish harvested in Louisiana and serve sanctuary for migrant waterfowl. Through excursions to Louisiana's wetlands, you will explore habitats and learn about the causes of wetland destruction. Using that knowledge, you will collaborate with fellow students to propose solutions to preserving these habitats for the future.

Engineering A
Title: Prosthetic Limbs: The Future is within Your Grasp

Description: Through studies of the human anatomy and physiology, scientists and biomedical engineers have created prosthetics that mimic human limbs. While these prosthetic limbs may not reach the full functional capacity of a real human limb, great gains have been made in their functionality and appearance because of the work of biomedical engineers. You will learn more about this innovate field as you design and create a prosthetic hand and then tests its capacity to perform specific tasks.

Engineering B
Title: Goodbye Diesel and Gasoline, Hello Alternative Energy Sources

Description: Learn about clean energy technology as you construct and test the efficiency of solar panels and wind turbines to power electrical circuits. Also, learn how fuel cells can convert the hydrogen separated from water through electrolysis to electricity.

STEM Enrichment High School

Coding A
Title: The Aftermath of Mardi Gras: Using LEGO Robots to Clean Up the Beads

Description: Did you ever wonder what the streets look like after residents, visitors, and the krewes have left the Mardi Gras parade routes? What happens to all the beads that no one catches? You will be challenged to design a robot that improves how people clean up and recycle the lost beads of Mardi Gras.

Coding B
Title: Mardi Gras Toss: Become Part of a Krewe and Practice Your Skills in a Simulated Game that You Create

Description: "Throw Me Something Mister." Did you ever wonder what it would be like to be a part of a krewe riding on a float through the streets of New Orleans throwing beads to the crowds that line the parade route? How accurate is your aim? You will utilize JAVA to develop an app that simulates your travels along a NOLA parade route on a float as you practice your bead throwing skills.

Ecology/Environmental Studies A
Title: Warming Waters - Predicting Hurricanes of the Future

Description: Can you predict of the future? News releases by the National Science Foundation over the past 10 years indicate a startling trend in the increasing number and strength of hurricanes. Also reported is an increase in global sea-surface temperatures. Are the increasing frequency and force of hurricanes a result of a warming climate? If so, what does this mean for the future of coastal communities? As you develop your understanding of climate change and hurricane prediction models, you will be tasked with proposing solutions to how humans can counteract this unsettling trend in climate change

Ecology/Environmental Studies B
Title: What’s with the Water? Designing Safeguards for the Future

Description: Is the water safe? Investigate the "health" of the Eastern Louisiana coastal wetlands as you design and test solutions to improving the water quality of the Mississippi River.

Engineering A
Title: Protecting Your Head: Engineering a Safer Helmet

Description: Helmets protect the head from physical injuries and brain injury. By understanding how brain injuries occur and the relationship between force and time of impact, you will design and test different helmet models in the quest to engineer a better helmet.

Engineering B
Title: Crumbling Power Grids: Fixing Today’s Systems and Designing for the Future

Description: A smarter phone, a smarter laptop, but what about a smarter, more efficient power grid? The electric power grid could be considered the largest machine on earth, but its infrastructure is outdated and not as efficient when compared to all the other technology in our world. Using snap circuits you will model how power is generated and distributed on a micro-scale and propose solutions to improving our power infrastructure to create a more sustainable energy future.