Immersive summer programs give young people a glimpse of diverse opportunities within STEM

Campus life may be quieter in the summer, but there’s still plenty of enthusiasm for learning at the Rossin College. 

In July, more than 250 middle and high school students participated in programs designed to stimulate interest in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) disciplines. These experiences include hands-on, lab-centric challenges, facility tours that showcase real-world applications, and mentorship from Lehigh faculty members and current students.  

Summer Engineering Institute

Lehigh’s Summer Engineering Institute draws high-school-age participants from underrepresented groups—many of whom would be first-generation college students—through a partnership with area school districts. This year, activities included programming and robotics, 3D printing, mechanical testing, and an ice cream lab (teaching phase diagrams). Students also went on manufacturing tours with companies such as AT&T, Solar Atmospheres, and Victaulic. SEI holds two, two-week overnight sessions each summer. Program sponsors include AT&T, PPL, B. Braun, and Air Products.  

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Summer CHOICES Engineering Camp

CHOICES students tour ATLSS

Lehigh’s Summer CHOICES Engineering Camp puts middle-school girls in the driver’s seat as they work collaboratively on engineering and science experiments. Students interact with Rossin College faculty and receive guidance and mentorship from members of Lehigh’s Society of Women Engineers chapter. Summer CHOICES is supported by engineering firm Bosch Rexroth, which this year hosted participants in each of the two, one-week camps for an interactive field trip. 

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Student and Teacher Materials Camps

Materials Camp student welding

High school juniors and seniors attending Lehigh’s weeklong Materials Camp learn how materials are developed and processed, how their structure determines their properties, and how they’re used in real-world applications. The camp, one of several across the country sponsored by ASM International, is run almost entirely by the department's graduate students and features interactive lab sessions, lectures, and demos. This year, the students learned about casting, welding, and a variety of materials and their properties. 

Teachers Materials Camp, also sponsored by ASM International, brings high school math and science teachers to Lehigh for a weeklong program that educates them on materials science topics and provides strategies for incorporating materials demonstrations into their curriculum.

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ASM materials camp students doing project