Programs for High School Students and Parents
Below is a listing of programs for high school students and parents. Programs are conducted by a variety of Carnegie Mellon Faculty and Staff. Click on each program link for contact and general information.
Leap@CMU (formerly: Andrew's Leap)
Leap@CMU is a summer enrichment program run by the Carnegie Mellon University School of Computer Science. All local area high school students are encouraged to apply (and occasional middle school students). Through special classes and guest faculty seminars, students will be exposed to the frontiers of computer science. They will "leap" ahead approximately ten years. Students will have an opportunity to interact with some of the country's leading scientists, and will emerge from the program with a vivid overview of Computer Science at Carnegie Mellon. Leap@CMU has been run every summer since 1991. Leap is not for academic credit. We do not evaluate or grade the participants. We want students who want to do it for the fun of it.Email: firstname.lastname@example.orgSite: http://www.cs.cmu.edu/~leap/Phone: (412) 268-9497
The Architecture Explorations program encourages Pittsburgh youth to look closely at their built environment, be open to creative expression, ask questions, think critically, and understand civic responsibility - all through the lens of architecture. Architecture Explorations is a collection of architecture-based extracurricular and academic enrichment programs for students in kindergarten through high school, offered through Carnegie Mellon's School of Architecture. Our organization partners with several Pittsburgh communities, schools, and museums to provide an array of architecture education programs. Whether you are a student, parent, counselor, teacher, or community organization, we would love to hear from you and help devise a plan to provide a program that is tailored for each appropriate age-group and organization.Email: email@example.comSite: http://soa.cmu.edu/architecture-explorations/Phone: (412) 268-5551
The Arts Greenhouse is a hip-hop music education program for Pittsburgh teens that is affiliated with the Carnegie Mellon’s Studio for Creative Inquiry. With the help of faculty and students, as well as local hip-hop performers, teens write, compose, and then record songs in a state-of-the-art recording studio. Through the process teens develop musical and verbal skills, gain familiarity with historical and contemporary issues, and form connections that open new routes to community participation and to higher education.Email: firstname.lastname@example.orgContact: Chassity CheathamSite: http://artsgreenhouse.org/Phone: (412) 268-5279
Civil and Environmental Engineering Green Design Apprenticeship Program
How do the decisions you make everyday impact the environment? How can we best direct our efforts in the future to minimize the effects humans have on their environment? These are the questions that the Green Design Institute at Carnegie Mellon University is working to answer. Balancing the needs of people and the environment is a difficult problem with no simple solutions. By understanding and comparing the environmental impacts and costs of different technologies we hope to help people make the best decisions possible. Student apprentices with the Green Design Institute are exposed to cutting edge thinking in the areas of environmental decision-making. Registration in this program is coordinated by the Allegheny Intermediate Unit.Site: http://www.cmu.edu/gdi/education/gda.htmlContact: Deanna MatthewsEmail: email@example.com
College Success 101
The purpose of CS 101 is to educate and prepare disadvantaged high school sophomores and juniors for the college admission process. Students attending CS 101 must have at least a 2.3 GPA and must show a desire to attend a four-year college directly after high school graduation.Site: http://www.cmu.edu/enrollment/admission/cs101/Phone: (412) 268-2082
In DECISION MAKERS, students combine strategy learning with a computer-supported self -assessment of decision making skills, personal assets and networks of support. With CMU mentors they develop a personal “Journey Book” focused identity as decision makers, goals and plans. The Journey Book works as a scaffold for progress self-assessments and formal assessment of growth in reflective decision making. DECISION MAKERS is part of the Pittsburgh Schools’ Start on Success program for learning disabled students. DECISION MAKERS scholars are admitted through the Pittsburgh Public Schools’ Start on Success and the Fox Chapel Area High School's programs for learning disabled students.
Contact: Dr. Linda FlowerEmail: firstname.lastname@example.orgSite: http://english.cmu.edu/research/inquiry/decisionmakers/about.htmlPhone: (412) 268-2863
Expanding Your Horizons: Women@SCS Annual Presentations
Each year, Women@SCS present workshops entitled "Is There A Robot In Your Future?" at the Expanding Your Horizons (EYH) conference. This is a nationally held event aimed at increasing the participation of girls and women in mathematics and science. Our teams present two sessions of workshops that have been attended by about thirty middle school girls each year. Our robotics workshops have proved to be a very successful part of EYH in Pittsburgh gaining high acclaim from participants.
Contact: Carol FriezeEmail: email@example.comSite: http://women.cs.cmu.edu/What/Outreach/Roadshow/Phone: (412) 268-9071
Girls of Steel FIRST Robotics Team
FIRST* Team 3504,The Girls of Steel, was founded in the fall of 2010 at Carnegie Mellon University's Field Robotics Center. Initially, the team consisted of 24 girls from 12 different schools, and 4 different educational options (homeschool, public school, cyber school, and independent school). The team welcomes applications from girls in the greater Pittsburgh area, regardless of financial status. Mentored at CMU by faculty, staff, and students, the team competes in annual regional FIRST robotics competitions, has received numerous awards, and regularly participates in community outreach events with robot demonstrations and/oractivities for children. Read more about the team at http://www.frc.ri.cmu.edu/girlsofsteel/.
The team is running its 6th season with 60 girls from 30 different schools and offers multiple programs such as the 8th grade Junior Team Member opportunity as well as FIRST LEGO League teams for middle school students in greater Pittsburgh. Contact The Girls of Steel at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Mission statement: To find success in the empowerment of girls through well-developed skills in STEM.
Mission: We, the Girls of Steel, are more than just a robotics team. Our mission goes past building a robot for competition; we work hard to give girls the skills that will last far beyond their high-school years. *For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology (FIRSTinspires.org)
Contact us at: email@example.com
International Science & Engineering Fair
The Intel International Science and Engineering Fair (Intel ISEF), is the world’s largest international pre-college science competition. This event brings more than 1,600 high school competitors from 60+ countries to our city and other participating cities.
Contact: Judith HallinenEmail: firstname.lastname@example.orgSite: http://www.societyforscience.org/isef/
This olympiad is a contest in which high-school students solve linguistic puzzles. In solving the problems, students learn about the diversity and consistency of language, while exercising logic skills. No prior knowledge of linguistics or second languages is necessary. Professionals in linguistics, computational linguistics and language technologies use dozens of languages to create engaging problems that represent cutting edge issues in their fields. The competition has attracted top students to study and work in those same fields. It is truly an opportunity for young people to experience a taste of natural-language processing in the 21st century.
Contact: Dr. Lori LevinEmail: email@example.comSite: http://www.naclo.cs.cmu.edu/
There is NO participation fee!
My True Voice
With a passionate interest in Outreach for the School of Drama, Natalie has developed a community based outreach course for her sophomore students, who teach distinct speech to disadvantaged children to help fifth grade students at Holy Rosary School improve speaking skills. To have a teaching tool for this work, she is working with research scientists at Cepstral, LLD to adapt vocal synthesis software. It is being tested in her outreach course The My True Voice Project. The My True Voice Project combines the teaching of pronunciation with an exploration of poetry and the use of voice synthesis software. The program is featured on the PBS program hosted by Robyn MacNeil: "Do you Speak American?"
Contact: Natalie ShirerEmail: firstname.lastname@example.orgSite: http://www.pbs.org/speak/seatosea/standardamerican/truevoice/Phone: (412) 268-5751
Pennsylvania Junior Academy of Sciences
- Turning Genes On and Off
- Making Glow in the Dark Bacteria
Pre-College Saturday Art Program
The Pre-College Saturday Art Program has for the past sixty-five years provided a learning environment for high school students in the visual arts from the Pittsburgh region as well as from West Virginia and Ohio. Tenth, eleventh, and twelfth grade students receive a comprehensive preview of professional areas of study, working with two and three-dimensional media and electronic media. Classes provide students with an introduction to and immersion in professional art training that prepares them for future study at universities, colleges and art schools.
Site: http://www.cmu.edu/art/programs/precollege/saturday.htmlPhone: (412) 268-3852
For Youth: Schools, after school programs and camps, homeschooling groups, and organizations that serve girls.
Project LISTEN (Literacy Innovation that Speech Technology Enables) is an inter-disciplinary research project at Carnegie Mellon University to develop a novel tool to improve literacy; an automated Reading Tutor that displays stories on a computer screen, and listens to children read aloud. To provide a pleasant, authentic experience in assisted reading, the Reading Tutor lets the child choose from a menu of high-interest stories from Weekly Reader and other sources including user-authored stories. The Reading Tutor adapts Carnegie Mellon's Sphinx-II speech recognizer to analyze the student's oral reading and intervenes when the reader makes mistakes, gets stuck, clicks for help, or is likely to encounter difficulty. The Reading Tutor responds with assistance modeled in part after expert reading teachers, but adapted to the capabilities and limitations of the technology. The current version runs under Windows (TM) 2000 on an ordinary Pentium (TM) with at least 128MB of memory.
Contact: Jack MostowEmail: email@example.comSite: http://www-2.cs.cmu.edu/~listen/Phone: (412) 268-1330
Robotics Academy: Robotics Camps, Clubs, and Competitions
The Robotics Academy is committed to using robotics to excite children about science and technology and to help create a more technologically literate society. Programs include summer camps and First Lego League competitions, held in May and December each year.
- To develop a mathematically competent and technological literate workforce;
- To influence children to become interested in robotics and related technologies as an area of study and employment;
- To grow future entrepreneurs and employees for the region and nation;
- To enhance the economic development of these technologies in Southwestern Pennsylvania;
- To develop standards-driven curriculum for middle and high school teachers;
- To catch kids having fun experimenting with science and technology.
Robotics Education Lab
The Robotics Education Lab is a central resource to support courses and individual projects. Equipment includes manipulators, mobile robots, electronics & mechanical fabrication benches, Lego, a video editing workstation, machine vision systems and more.
Contact: Greg ArmstrongEmail: firstname.lastname@example.orgSite: http://www.cs.cmu.edu/~rel/Phone: (412) 268-2007
Anyone affiliated with CMU and interested in robotics is welcome. Stop by and see what the lab has to offer. Lab address: Newell-Simon Hall 3206 x8-5561.
SPARK Saturdays is a Saturday workshop series created by volunteers studying Electrical and Computer Engineering at Carnegie Mellon University that aims to introduce beginners to concepts about electrical and computer engineering and expose them to engineering as a potential career choice. Topics include, but are not limited to, Mechanical Logic, Programming, Smart Light, and Radio Building.
See http://eceoutreach.ece.cmu.edu/index.html for additional information.
SUCCEED is a 5-day program for rising 10th graders that is designed to complement what students have studied in school and provide you with opportunities to expand your understanding of energy, the environment, and how those relate to climate change. At the end of the program, the student will be able to answer a variety of question related to these topics, such as: What is climate change? What is the role of engineering to solve the climate change challenge? Where & how is your electricity generated? What careers could you have in climate, energy, or the environment? The program includes a variety of experiments, field trips and activities organized by PhD students from Carnegie Mellon University.
Contact: Steve Gradeck
Phone: (412) 268-6657
Summer Engineering Experience for Girls (SEE)
The Summer Engineering Experience (SEE) is a two-week summer experience for girls entering the 8th and 9th grades who are interested in math and science. SEE gives girls hands-on experience in different forms of engineering. The theme of SEE is "Energy," and girls have an opportunity to learn about different forms of energy that are efficient and environmentally friendly. They explore forms of energy that interest them and learn how they can make a difference through engineering.
Contact: Alicia AngemeerEmail: email@example.comSite: http://www.cmu.edu/ices/outreach/see/Phone: (412) 268-5227
Summer Academy for Mathematics and Science (SAMS)
Sponsored by Carnegie Mellon Academic Resource Center (CMARC), this is a rigorous six-week residential summer experience designed to attract students with diverse backgrounds who are considering careers in engineering, science and other math-based disciplines. Students entering their junior or senior year are eligible to participate in the program, which will build both academic and personal skills. Different tracks will be designed for each grade level.
Traditional classroom instruction, along with creative "hands-on" projects will allow students to apply concepts and principles. The program will also include course work to improve student performance on standardized tests used in college admissions. Spending a summer-possibly two-will prepare students to enroll and succeed in highly selective colleges and universities nationwide, including Carnegie Mellon.
Contact: Ty WaltonSite: http://www.cmu.edu/enrollment/summerprogramsfordiversity/sams.htmlPhone: (412) 268-2150
Society of Women Engineers High School Day and Middle School Day
High School Day is an annual event in which approximately 250 Pittsburgh high school girls are invited to CMU’s campus. It is one of our largest outreach events and collaborates with CMU professors and students from various campus organizations. The girls are able to participate in activities related to electrical, mechanical, civil, biomedical, material science, and chemical engineering. The event aims to help young girls get a better idea of what engineering entails and offers them guidance and advice for pursuing engineering. At the same time, it allows CMU students and faculty to share their knowledge and passion for engineering and inspire young women. The event has been a great success in the past and continues to grow. Each year, we have had more and more students participate in the event and we expect the trend to continue for next year.
SWE hosts about 100 middle school girls from surrounding Pittsburgh schools and Girl Scouts every spring. Attendees are given an opportunity to learn about math, science, and engineering at CMU and in general through various fun activities. This event helps our collegiate section meet national and local goals by growing the engineering profession through outreach. Middle School Day is also a rich opportunity for the campus to recruit females for STEM degree programs, which would potentially contribute to CIT’s diversity in the future. Finally, CMU SWE members are given an opportunity to share their knowledge with young girls and inspire passion about engineering in them. Accomplishing these goals is very fulfilling for SWE members and further encourages them to pursue their personal and career goals.Contact: Dr. Nisha ShuklaEmail: firstname.lastname@example.orgSite: http://www.cmuswe.com/events/major-events/Phone: (412) 268-4827
Summer Pre-College Programs for High School Students
Office of Admission, Warner Hall 2nd Floor
The Pre-College Programs are designed to preview an actual college experience. Our programs afford high school students many opportunities for personal growth and development within a university setting. A wide range of social, cultural, and recreational activities are planned by a staff of resident counselors to fully integrate the students’ lives on campus and in Pittsburgh. Movies, dances, museum and gallery visits, field excursions or attendance at professional theater productions, concerts, and Pittsburgh Pirates games are just a few of the sponsored activities.
Office of Admissions
Carnegie Mellon University
5000 Forbes Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15213-3890
FAX: (412) 268-7838
Women@SCS - Outreach Roadshow
This is a presentation by a group of women undergrads and grads in the school of Computer Science at Carnegie Mellon who talk about their early thoughts on Computer Science, why/how they began studying the area, their current experiences, what Computer Science means to them now, and their future hopes and expectations. The presentation includes a slide show, Q and A interaction, and a simple demo. Finally the children are invited to participate in an email pen-pal group organized online through the Women@SCS web site: http://www.cs.cmu.edu/~women. The goal of the Roadshow is to challenge some of the stereotypes surrounding the field of computer science and the people in it.
Contact: Carol FriezeEmail: email@example.comSite: http://women.cs.cmu.edu/What/Outreach/Roadshow/Phone: (412) 268-9071