STEM-Letics Academy

About STEM-Letics

Participants flying a drone.

The Rice Office of STEM Engagement and Rice Athletics offer week-long day camps during the summer for current 3rd, 4th, and 5th grade students. These day camps are designed to keep students both mentally and physically active during the summer.

Students explore different forms of energy, physics, mathematics, computer science, and engineering through active exploration activities in the classroom and on the playing field. In the morning, students will investigate these STEM concepts in a classroom setting. In the afternoon, students will go out to one of Rice University's recreational fields to further their investigations through related games and activities.

STEM-Letics Activities

STEM content includes but is not limited to:

  • Wind Energy
  • Thermal Energy
  • Electrical Energy
  • Force and Motion
  • Mathematics
  • Computer Science
  • Engineering Design Process

Athletics and Physical Activities include but are not limited to:

  • Ultimate Frisbee
  • Soccer
  • Capture the Flag/Flag Football
  • Baseball
  • Robotics/Rocketry
  • Relay Races
  • Kickball

Summer 2021 STEM-Letics Academy*

STEM-Letics Academy is back in person for two weeks this summer during July, with one week of content in "A" and "B" week. Both weeks will focus on engineering design challenges but each week will have different activities for students. Students may register for one or both weeks.This program requires the payment of a registration fee of $399 per week.

Registration is Closed

Space is limited so registration is on a first-come, first-serve basis. Registration for both weeks closed on June 20, 2021. Payment is due by June 23, 2021.

Current Rice Faculty and Staff: please call the R-STEM office at extension 8211 to receive the discount code before registering your child.

A Week

July 5–9, 2021
9:00 a.m.–3:00 p.m.

This program requires the payment of a registration fee of $399 per week. Payment is made during the registration process.

B Week

July 12–16, 2021
9:00 a.m.–3:00 p.m.

This program requires the payment of a registration fee of $399 per week. Payment is made during the registration process.


The activities in STEM-Letics Academy are designed for current (2020-2021) 3rd, 4th, and 5th grade students.

Space is limited, and the camps will be filled on a first come, first serve basis. Please complete an individual registration for each child you are registering.

Completing the registration form does NOT guarantee placement in the program. Acceptance to the program is contingent upon receipt of the registration fee. After hitting submit on the registration form, you will be redirected to Rice Sign Up for payment.

Registration is not confirmed until payment has been received.

Registration is limited to the first 100 registrants per week (registrants will be divided into groups of 25-50 pending COVID-19 protocols). All future registrants for filled weeks or registrants that have not yet paid will be placed on a waiting list.

Registrants will be required to submit a signed release forms for minors with their registration for each child which is part of the application process.

If you are a school district wishing to pay with a PO for a group of participants, contact Matthew Cushing at

Cancellation Policy

All cancellation requests must be submitted in writing (by e-mail) to RSTEM.

A 50% refund will be received if the request is made at least 10 business days prior to the first day of the program.

No refunds will be issued for cancellation requests made less than 10 business days prior to the first day of the program.


Scholarship Opportunities

Scholarship opportunities are available for students to attend summer academies at a discounted tuition. To apply for a scholarship please download the application and follow all directions. If you have questions please contact Matthew Cushing at

Scholarship Application - English

Scholarship Application - Spanish

Program Flyer

Below is copy of the STEM-Letics flyer. You can access a PDF version for download using the following link.

STEM-Letics in person Flyer

COVID-19 Protocol

STEM-Letics will follow Rice guidelines and CDC suggestions for summer programs.

  • Students and counselors will be required to wear masks at all times (except when eating or drinking)
  • Social distancing will be enforced
  • Group size limitations. Academy groups will be limited to 25-50 students pending COVID-19 protocols.
  • All activities will take place in covered outdoor areas or on athletic fields.

Please click here to view the Rice policy for summer programs.

CDC summer camp suggestions can be found here.

STEM-Letics Administration

If you have any questions about STEM-Letics, you can contact the program leads.

Matthew Cushing, M.S.
R-STEM Executive Director
713-348-8210 |

Katie Coil
Associate Director of Marketing
713-348-2328 |

*Program times, dates, locations, and compensation subject to change before the first day of the program.

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