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Top US students launch online STEM program

A STEM educator from New York is teaming up with students from Harvard, Stanford, MIT, and other top universities to launch online an online program for high school students around the world interested in science and learning more about studying in the US.

The Summer STEM Institute is an online program from iResearchInstitute director Serena McCalla. It will feature a Bootcamp on research and data science, a masterclass lecture series with students and graduates from Harvard, and a research project whose mentors include International Science and Engineering Fair winners.

A course on programming and data science will also be taught by Stanford course assistants Adam Pahlavan and Alex Tsun.

“[The goal of the bootcamp is to] train students to conduct computational research in a wide variety of interdisciplinary scientific fields,” said McCalla, who believes that experience in programming and working with data is extremely beneficial no matter what field of science a student is interested in.

“A significant number of students who go on to be successful entrepreneurs, business-women, and technologists were the kids who were coding and working with data in high school.”

The masterclasses will be held by 35 top students from the US’s elite institutions with the goal to “share the wealth of knowledge of extremely successful young entrepreneurs, scientists and technologists who were high school students not too long ago.”

In the mentored research project, international students will “learn how to effectively communicate their science and engineering projects, giving them a chance to implement their English skills.”

The Summer STEM Institute is running online for the first time from June 21 to August 1. Applications close on May 15.

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