Summer Institute

STEM Program

Science, Technology,
Engineering & Mathematics

July 9 - August 5

As a College Preparatory High School, Besant Hill School believes in preparing and supporting high school student to pursue undergraduate career in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM). The BHS Summer STEM Program is an intensive, four-week experience that immerses students in hands-on engineering design and problem-solving, which enables students to be placed on the right track for careers in STEM fields. Students work closely with Besant Hill School faculty members, professionally trained STEM teachers, and local community members. Projects range from computer programming and app development, astronomical technology, and engineering projects based on sustainability. Students work through real-world problems using foundational knowledge taught during the day and with the guidance of experts in these fields.

Students will also be attending workshops on oral presentation skills, technical writing, career counseling, and college admissions. Students will be given access to online databases provided for by BHS and will have opportunities to visit UCLA and UCSB for their library resources. Field trips to JPL in Pasadena as well as to the Griffith Observatory will be included in the program. At the end of the program, students will submit a technical paper outlining and summarizing their research. They will then present their work to an audience consisting of parents, local schools, and community members.

Topics of Study:

  • Global Climate Change

  • Ecosystems

  • Permaculture

  • Sustainability

  • Aerospace Fundamentals

  • Computer Programming

Additional Activities:

  • Attending UCSB for lectures in STEM topics.

  • Attending UCLA for lectures in STEM topics.

  • "Physics Day" at Magic Mountain or Disneyland

  • Hiking and Rock Climbing day trips

  • Overnight camping trip

  • Field trip to JPL in Pasadena

  • Field trip to Griffith Observatory

  • Waste-free daily challenges

  • Farming

  • College and Career Counseling

  • Meetings with college students who are pursuing a STEM field


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Contact Us

For more information about our Summer Institute, contact:

Kristen Kaschub

Director of Admissions
Director of  Summer Programs
(805) 646-4343 Ext.142


Click to download the following forms:

Summer Institute Brochure
Summer Institute Application
2016-17 Health Packet
BHS Handbook 2015-16