K–12 Student Programs

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.

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.

DST SessionData Scientists Training

The Data Scientists in Training program at Rice University is a two-week community outreach program funded through the National Science Foundation that is designed to introduce high school students to data science methods and careers. This program will NOT be offered in Summer 2023!

Architecture Student working on design projectRice Architecture Summer Immersion

The Rice Architecture Summer Immersion program is 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.

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 summer program for current 10th and 11th grade students to introduce them to engineering research at Rice University and its practical applications in the health care field.

Energy Explorations participants in the lab.Energy Explorations Academy

Energy Explorations Academy is a 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.


DCC participants at a computer.Design Connect Create Physics and Biotech Programs for Young Women (DCC)

In collaboration with Design Connect Create, these week-long programs offered at no cost to girls in 9th–11th grade from qualifying school districts (see page for details). Students complete activities together and get the chance to talk with guest speakers from a variety of fields.

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 in specific communities in the Houston, TX area to the challenging and diverse field of engineering.

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.

Rice STEM Summer Seminar Series LogoRice STEM Summer Seminar Series

This series is designed specifically for 6th–9th grade students, teachers, and parents and guardians. All three series will take place during July and cover topics such as overcoming resistance to online learning, current STEM research at Rice, and applying and paying for college. These sessions will NOT be offered during Summer 2023.

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