Mar 03

Perspective | Explore summer programming at NCSSM

Although many students count the days until summer vacation starts, plenty of students also look forward to the summer sessions at the North Carolina School of Science and Mathematics (NCSSM) and this year should be no exception.

Classes are open to rising 5th through 12th graders from anywhere in the world.

The Early Accelerator provides one-week courses for rising 5th and 6th graders. Courses run from late June through late July and the selection includes “Design for Change: Social Justice,” “Math Exploration for Curious Students,” and “Full S.T.E.A.M. Ahead – Hogwarts Express.”

The Summer Accelerator provides two and three-week courses for rising 7th through 12th graders and includes coursework in biotechnology, robotics, epidemiology, climate change, cryptology, and more.

Registration is open now and the complete catalog of courses is available online.

Classes are being taught in a variety of formats including:

  • Residential programming: Hosted in Durham and at Brevard College and open to rising 7th-12th graders, this coursework is hands-on with intense lab work.
  • Day programming: Hosted in Durham and available to 5th and 6th graders.
  • Online Programming: Available for rising 7th-12th graders.

Unfortunately, one of NCSSM’s most popular programs is already full for this summer.

Step up to STEM is a free one-week program for rising North Carolina 9th graders who identify as Native American, African American, or Hispanic American. This unique residential program provides under-represented students the opportunity to hone their skills in science, technology, math, and communications as well as benefiting from the unique enrichment activities throughout the area. Future program attendees can visit here for details and to apply early for the summer 2022 session!

Last year, as so many summer camps and educational programs shut down because of COVID-19, the staff at NCSSM innovated and shifted programming to virtual formats that reached approximately 1,100 students. School educators and administrators are thrilled to be able to invite students back to campuses this summer to get the “living and learning community component” that has made NCSSM summer programs a success for so many years.


(Editor’s Note: Photos provided for this story are from 2019 sessions; please take note that COVID-19 restrictions (including mask requirements) may be in effect for Summer 2021 programs. Visit NCSSM site for more information.)

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