K–12 Student Programs

Student Summer Programs

Elementary School

Students playing tug of war at STEM-Letics.STEM-Letics Academy

A joint effort with Rice Athletics, STEM-Letics Academy is week-long academy offered multiple weeks during the summer for current 3rd, 4th, and 5th grade students. This academy is designed to keep students both mentally and physically active during the summer by incorporating STEM and physical activities.

Middle School

iRIDE participants working in a group.Introduction to Research and Innovative Design in Engineering (iRIDE)

iRIDE Academy is a hands-on program designed to introduce middle school students to the challenging and diverse field of engineering.

CED participant Rice Computer Engineering Design Academy

Rice Computer Engineering Design Academy is a week-long program for current 6th, 7th, and 8th graders to learn about Arduino, Computer-Aided Design (CAD) programming, and rapid prototyping.

Middle & High School

microscope kidsForensics Investigators Program

This one-week student program for grades 7-10 aims to introduce the science behind crime scenes, covering topics such as evidence collection and classification, blood evidence, toxicology, DNA, and more.

High School

biotech labRice Biotech Academy

In collaboration with Design Connect Create, the Rice Biotech Academy is a week-long program offered to high school students currently in 9th through 11th grade. Students complete hands-on activities in biotechnology together and have the opportunity to talk with guest speakers from a variety of fields.

biotech labRice STEM Academy

In collaboration with Design Connect Create, the Rice STEM Academy is FREE a week-long program offered to high school girls currently in 10th-11th grade that explores different engineering challenges focused on sustainability, with labs and Rice University faculty and graduate student discussions.

Young scholar presenting research poster.PATHS-UP Young Scholars - Digital Health

Precise Advanced Technologies and Health Systems for Underserved Populations (PATHS-UP) Young Scholars is a FREE summer program for current (2023-2024 school year) 10th and 11th Grade students to introduce them to engineering research at Rice University and its practical applications in the health care field.

Architecture Student working on design projectRice Architecture Summer Immersion

The Rice Architecture Summer Immersion program is a FREE student program offered in collaboration between R-STEM and Rice Architecture for current 10th and 11th grade students interested in applying to architecture school. It is a hands-on workshop that introduces participants to principles of architecture and design.

DST SessionData Divas

Data Divas empowers female students grades 11-12 with a week-long immersion into the world of data science, blending comprehensive learning with hands-on activities. Guided by successful female professionals, participants develop essential skills, culminating in a collaborative team presentation to showcase their newfound expertise.

More information coming soon!

Student Workshops

NanoAcademy participants working in a group.NanoAcademy

NanoAcademy is a FREE one-day workshop series for current 5th–12th grade students to participate in STEM lessons designed by experienced teachers inspired by the ongoing research at Rice University, Arizona State University (ASU), The University of Texas at El Paso (UTEP), and Yale University.

paths-up participants working in a group.Young Scholars Invent Workshop

Young Scholars Invent is a 1.5-day program where
students tackle real-world challenges with cross-school
teammates, engage in active design, build and test their
solutions, and present to a panel of judges. The focus is
on collaborative problem-solving, mirroring industry

NextGen STEM Scholars

NextGen STEM Scholars coming soon..

Energy Explorations participants in the lab.Energy Explorations Academy

Energy Explorations Academy is a FREE week-long program for current 8th and 9th graders. Students gain hands-on experience learning about different forms of energy and practicing working in laboratories.


Rice Sessions presenter. Rice Summer Sessions

Learn more about the other K–12 student programs offered at Rice University this summer to help you student stay ahead and earn college credit using the link below.

Contact Information

Telephone: (713) 348-8211
Fax: (713) 348-3825

Mailing Address

Office of STEM Engagement
Rice University
P.O. Box 1892, MS-7836
Houston, TX 77251-1892

Street Address

IBC Plaza Houston
5615 Kirby Dr.
Suite 730
Houston, TX 77005-2445