Carnegie Mellon University
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Summer Classes for Kids

We strive to illuminate, encourage, and motivate our future scholars through week-long workshops and classes in science, technology, engineering, math, and arts. The Gelfand Center values hands-on learning, creating, collaborating and sharing ideas. We understand the importance of providing opportunities for our young learners in Pittsburgh and surrounding communities. Our Summer Series enables local students to explore science, engage in experiments using the scientific method, build prototypes, and so much more. They make hypotheses and challenging themselves to modify designs in order to make scientific discoveries. Students are introduced to topics on: architectural design, 3-D printing, laser-cutting, green engineering, circuits and robotics, computer programming, creative writing, and more!

Our CMU faculty and staff design our outreach classes to galvanize learning and enthusiasm in the fields of science, technology, engineering, math, and arts, and to introduce young learners to their cutting-edge discoveries in research at CMU. Our outreach class teachers are scientists and educators who understand the significance of early STEM education for our youth.  Previous summer classes include Introduction to Alice Programming, Anatomy and Robotics, The Science of Everyday Things, Green Engineering, and Science & Engineering Summer Sampler.


Thank you to alumnus Bernard N. Meisner S ’71 for providing scholarship funds to support students in Gelfand Outreach classes!


Our 2023 Gelfand Outreach Summer Series Classes are held in Wean Hall (by 8:45 am) with drop off between Hunt Library and Baker Hall on Frew Street. To get to our campus for our Summer Series classes, use the address:

Hunt Library 
Frew Street
Pittsburgh, PA 15213

We meet students at the curb in the morning and bring the groups back to Frew Street at the end of camp for pick up.